A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 29, 2008 - Travel - 464 pages
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The bestselling author of Blue Latitudes takes us on a thrilling and eye-opening voyage to pre-Mayflower America

On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he’s mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus’s sail in 1492 to Jamestown’s founding in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a journey of rediscovery, following in the footsteps of the many Europeans who preceded the Pilgrims to America.

An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs—these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers.

Tracing this legacy with his own epic trek—from Florida’s Fountain of Youth to Plymouth’s sacred Rock, from desert pueblos to subarctic sweat lodges—Tony Horwitz explores the revealing gap between what we enshrine and what we forget. Displaying his trademark talent for humor, narrative, and historical insight, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.


  

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Entertaining and educational! - Goodreads
Terrific piece of popular history writing. - Goodreads
A good overview of early American history. - Goodreads
Adventurous, humorous, researched, and fun to read. - Goodreads
Tony Horwitz has such an interesting writing style. - Goodreads
Excellent ! Horwitz is a terrific travel writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - piersanti - LibraryThing

I really like books that teach without making me feel like I'm reading a textbook, and this book did that very well. The author traveled around to explore the various scenes where explorers set foot ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Bason - Goodreads

When I read Tony Horwitz's "history" of the Pacific Ocean (and Captain Cook), I absolutely loved it. The only way I can describe him is if I tell you that he's Bill Bryson writing HISTORY. If ONLY I ... Read full review

Contents

LIST OF MAPS xiii
1
PART I
9
THE COLUMBUS JINX
72
YOU THINK
95
PART II
115
PART III
263
LOST IN THE LOST COLONY
293
THE CAPTAIN AND THE NATURALS
326
A TALE OF TWO ROCKS
370
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About the author (2008)

Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. He lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their two sons.

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