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Ken

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  • Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    In 1838, the U.S. government launched the largest discovery voyage the Western world had ever seen; six sailing vessels and 346 men bound for the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Four years later, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, or Ex. Ex. as it was known, returned with an astounding array of accomplishments and discoveries: 87,000 miles logged, 280 Pacific islands surveyed, 4,000 zoological specimens collected, including 2,000 new species, and the discovery of the continent of Antarctica.

    Ken says: "A good solid voyage of discovery"
    "A good solid voyage of discovery"
    Overall

    If you like historical non-fiction about interesting expeditions, this should be a good listen (I read the paper version). Lt. Wilkes is a classic flawed leader, aloof, somewhat cruel, but his determination drove his crew on a great voyage though he struggled for notoriety. The amazing collection of artifacts that Wilkes brought home formed the foundation of the Smithsonian collection. I really like the detail of maritime life circa 1840, and Philbrick delivers. His writing makes even provisioning ships interesting. His previous book "Heart of the Sea" was a bit more gripping (albeit more harsh), but "Sea of Glory" is a very good book by a great historical writer.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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