Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 26, 2004 - History - 480 pages
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America?s first frontier was not the West; it was the sea?and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen?the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838? 1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean?and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution, and much more.


  

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User Review  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

Philibrick sets out to raise the profile of the US Exploring Expedition, which surveyed the islands of the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and the largest stretch of Antarctic coastline at the time ... Read full review

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Nathaniel Philbrick is one of my favorite authors of American history. His prose is simple and straightforward, yet beautiful at the same time. Unlike many historians, he has the ability to write ... Read full review

Contents

ABBREVIATIONS
YOUNG AMBITION
THE GREAT SOUTH SEA
THE DEPLORABLE EXPEDITION
MOST GLORIOUS HOPES
AT SEA
THE TURNING POINT
COMMODORE OF THE PACIFIC
MAUNA LOA
THE WRECK OF THEPEACOCK
HOMEWARD BOUND
RECKONING
THIS THING CALLED SCIENCE
LEGACY
EPILOGUE
UNPUBLISHED SOURCES

ANTARCTICA
A NEW CONTINENT
THE CANNIBAL ISLES
MASSACRE AT MALOLO
PUBLISHED SOURCES AND DISSERTATIONS
PUBLICATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838Ė1842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Joseph Hart's Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman, a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that Melville relied upon for information about the island when writing Moby Dick. Phillbick's Why Read Moby-Dick? was a finalist for the New England Society Book Award.

Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).

In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend", A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick", shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.

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