This is the perfect book for the journalist or writer in your home. It will appeal to a wide constituency of academicians.
In essence, the author shows how American linguistics contributed to the English language development over the years.
For instance, the word alumnus is defined as a graduate of a
college. Its earliest use was traced to Sewall in 1696.
There are pictures throughout the volume. i.e. the Baltimore Clipper fascia together with an extensive description.
The work concludes with a fairly comprehensive bibliography.
This would be a good purchase for the academician in your house.