Edward du Moulin’s Book, My Life, is a remarkable presentation by a remarkable man. Written with utter candor and objectivity, this tale includes charming youthful incidents; four years of World War II military service; half a century on Wall Street; and 80 years of sailing, including management activity in seven America’s Cup campaigns.
The controversial tone of the book goes far beyond the recorded facts, details, and personal perspectives to provide tremendous inspiration to the reader. Ed served a legion of acquaintances as a sort of “Dutch Uncle,” by both advising and by setting benchmarks of character and performance in whatever activity he undertook. His examples of tact, candor, and process (including a practice to always “do it right away”) remain as a legacy to an army of friends, young and old.
In 2001, the Herreshoff Marine Museum published Edward du Moulin’s book, The America’s Cup and Me. Now, it is a privilege for the museum to publish this new book in honor of a man who provided wonderful guidance and help. The worthiness of Ed du Moulin’s book, My Life, derives from its explication of the values held by this special person, who truly loved life.
-Halsey C. Herreshoff