I can understand why no one cared to ever mention Charles Wilkes. He was a first class nerd who went mad with power and let his ego get the best of him. It is hard to trust him because he was so uncertain about many things. All of the men let, "rank" get in the way of the purpose of the voyage.
Nathaniel Philbrick does an amazing job yet again. If you are looking for another "In The Heart of the Sea" you won't find it in "Sea of Glory". I was hoping for more excitement and adventure but all I got was petty boys picking on each other on a ship and did not know how to get along for the sake of the mission. Needless to say this entire book was a "Pork Sword" measuring contest between men.
Nathaniel Philbrick does a great job of uncovering the truth behind the US. Ex. Ex. and Charles Wilkes.
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