Yes, as a non-fiction piece it is independently entertaining and it is both well written and well read. Probably a bit better for those who truly aspire to spending time on the sea but it is a good personal journey with a fine cast of ancillary characters. Neither wallows in nor sugar coats the risks of open ocean sailing and, to his credit, Mr. Woods does not hide his mistakes along the way.
A more modern version of Slocum's Sailing alone around the world and Sir Francis Chichester's tale of his own circumnavigation.
Among the top ten in History Category
He captured both the essence of the author and the voice of times
As the Greatest Generation passes, it is easy to lose sight of how their sacrifices became necessary. In that sense, if we lose the small steps and warning signals from 1918 to 1940 we risk the need for that sort of sacrifice being necessary again. Whether the Iranian nuclear program is our Sudetenland crisis or something else. This work along with Shirer's Berlin Diaries are most reads for that period.
For those with a good grasp on world coastal geography and enjoy open water sailing its a very good experience and very well performed. Bligh's side of the story has been lost in the Hollywood nonsense and as a navigator he deserves better. It is not a pedestrian read and those expecting the Gable/Brando/Gibson dramatic treatment will be disappointed. It is a thoughtful description of exploration and what live at sea in the 18th Century was like. I would recommend to some friends without qualification (i.e. those who enjoy the Lewis and Clark Journals in the original) and probably not to others but the performance is excellent.
Lewis and Clark Journals, Beyond the 100th Meridian
Its a serious piece of history and a great sea tale
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