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Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842 | [Nathaniel Philbrick]

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

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.
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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. And yet at a human level, the project was a disaster. Not only had 28 men died and 2 ships been lost, but a series of sensational court-martials had also ensued that pitted the expedition's controversial leader, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, against almost every officer under his command.

Though comparable in importance and breadth of success to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Ex. Ex. has been largely forgotten. Now, the celebrated Nathaniel Philbrick recreates this chapter of American maritime history in all its triumph and scandal.

Like the award-winning In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory combines meticulous history with spellbinding human drama as it circles the globe from the palm-fringed beaches of the South Pacific to the treacherous waters off Antarctica and to the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and, finally, to a court-martial aboard a ship anchored off New York City.

©2003 Nathaniel Philbrick; (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks

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"A breathtaking account of one of history's greatest adventures." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Ken Belmont, CA, USA 06-18-05
    Ken Belmont, CA, USA 06-18-05 Member Since 2004
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    "A good solid voyage of discovery"

    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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    Rob Carmel, IN, USA 06-04-08
    Rob Carmel, IN, USA 06-04-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Very interesting book!"

    I really enjoyed this title. Some may find the level of detail of the voyage and what occurred daunting, but to me it was just right.

    It's hard to say just how the author does it (good writing perhaps..), but somehow you feel swept away as if you were part of the expedition. Some of the passages were so captivating that I feel like I have actual memories of the events as if I were there at the time.

    If you want to know about this fascinating chapter of history that remains surprisingly obscure, you will enjoy this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kent armeon 09-29-05
    kent armeon 09-29-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Good History"

    This is a good account of a very obscure bit of American history. Well read and interesting.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Wasilla, AK, United States 02-04-13
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    Where does Sea of Glory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the first audio books that I've listened to, so it is hard to compare.


    What other book might you compare Sea of Glory to and why?

    In The Heart of the Sea by the same author


    Any additional comments?

    The story of this voyage is almost forgotten by the American public. I'm gald I now know what went on during the voyage. Almost feel like I was there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel PEORIA, AZ, United States 09-13-12
    Samuel PEORIA, AZ, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "almost as good the second time"
    What made the experience of listening to Sea of Glory the most enjoyable?

    very good narration gave meaning to the words


    Would you recommend Sea of Glory to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes as Nathaniel Philbrick is one of my favorite history authors writing style is superb. This topic is probably his least known and that simply shouldn't be given the enormous contributions of the US Ex Ex.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Exploration of Antarctica


    Any additional comments?

    I had read the printed version of the book when it was new so this was a really good comparison for me. the audiobook was tougher to follow but that's usually true as compared to having the pages in your hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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