Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
Admiral of the Ocean Sea is Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's classic biography of the greatest sailor of them all, Christopher Columbus. It is written with the insight, energy, and authority that only someone who had himself sailed in Columbus's path to the New World could muster.
Morison undertook this expedition in a 147-foot schooner and a 47-foot ketch, the dimensions of these craft roughly matching those of Columbus's Santa Maria and Nina. The result is this vivid and definitive biography that accurately details the voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world.
Samuel Eliot Morison, Rear Admiral, United States Naval Reserve (1887–1976), was an American historian noted for his works of history, especially maritime history, that were both authoritative and highly readable. At various times he held teaching positions at Berkeley, Oxford, and Harvard. A sailor as well as a scholar, he garnered numerous literary prizes, military honors, and national awards from both foreign countries and United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His Admiral of the Ocean Sea won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for biography.
©1942 Samuel Eliot Morison; Renewed 1970 by Samuel Eliot Morison (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A splendid achievement and a lasting monument of American scholarship. The style is delightful and flowing, and the whole work is replete with beauty and humor. [A] supremely valuable contribution to the literature on Columbus." (New York Times)
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Samuel Elliot Morison,s volume is unsurpassed. Christopher Columbus was a truly great man deserving a great biography. He got it with Morison's Admiral of the Ocean Sea.
Enjoyably read and great for young readers.
I would compare it to Whitiker Chamber's autobiography Whitness. It is brilliantly written and deals with great courage.
Dr. Morison is such an accomplished author, and this book is informative about Columbus' life and trials, what exploring was like at the beginning of the 16th century, and how much of a difference and clash there was between the cultures in the Caribbean. There are so many elements and extraordinary accomplishments I didn't know about Columbus, so many firsts. It is both a great story well told and an historical exposition too. Very well written and I think extremely well performed.
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This book is a real historian's work. It states clearly what the author knows from different sources and what he personally believes to be true. There are a lot of details about Columbus travels and how people reacted in Europe to the news of these discoveries. However, if you expect to be entertained all along, this might not be a great pick as the book really goes deep into each travel, with a lot of attention to life at sea. Great adventures are also made of some less exciting, or even boring parts and this book will give them to you too.
No. After a few chapters, I found it impossible to look past the condescending "I know better, and everyone else is a moron" attitude of the author and tone of the narrator.
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