Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse


I received a free e-copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and W.W. Norton, the publisher in exchange for posting a review on Net Galley, Amazon and Amazon. I also posted the review on my LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have always had a fascination with lighthouses. This is the first book by Eric Jay Dolin that I have read.

The book is well researched and thorough with lots of photographs, drawings and diagrams. It is an enjoyable read if you have an interest in lighthouses. Dolin spends time highlighting a number of things that advanced the effectiveness of lighthouses. An example is the Fresnel lens which revolutionized the lighting cast by lighthouses.

The one major disappointment with the book is that it is primarily focused on the east coast of the United States with brief sections on the Great Lakes and the West Coast. So the book is primarily a detailed history of lighthouses on the east coast and not the broader spectrum as implied on the cover. Hopefully, he will cover the Great Lakes and the West Coast in greater detail in a subsequent book.


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My interests include: Model trains, Reading, Genealogy, New York Yankees and helping organizations be successful.
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