Philbrick is the author of "The Mayflower" and "In The Heart of the Sea, The tragedy of the Essex". The book was written for the geographically oriented. I am always impressed with the factual knowledge he has in his books resulting from the abundance of research it must take to hold one's attention with facts.
"The Sea of Glory", covers Lt. Charles Wilkes Exploration Exposition starting in 1838 with 6 ships to explore the areas of Antarctica, the Pacific Islands, and the NW Coast of America. They study the flora and fauna, survey, and map the area for future American sailing ventures and the new knowledge they might find for science. He is the first one to recognize Antarctica as a continent. I was impressed with icebergs they mentioned with dimensions of 100 miles long. Ships and men are lost in their explorations. They get into some hair raising troubles with the natives on the Pacific Isles as well as some love making. This Exploration Exposition is the one which furnishes the foundation of collections for the Smithsonian Museum. Wilkes proves to be a task master almost as bad as Capt. Bligh
Sea of Glory" is an outstanding book by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the National Book Award winning "In the Heart of the Sea." In my opinion, it is a much better book than the one that inspired the recent movie. I had never heard about the U.S. Exploring Expedition, although I have visited the Smithsonian, which owes its beginning to the men who went own it. The expedition's leader, Charles Wilkes, is a brash, arrogant man who, despite cultivating hatred for himself among his officers and crew, nonetheless manages to garner credit for some remarkable accomplishments. I highly recommend this telling of one of the most remarkable pieces of American history that has been forgotten.
The author is a Naional Book Award winner. In this book, he writes aout the harrowing story about the expediation of six salling ships who, from 1838-1842 mapped the Pacific Ocean and in the process discovered Antarctica, and became the predecessor of the Smithsonian Institute.
Nathaniel Philbrick has done it again. Amazing book. He is so detailed and has a way of inviting you into the saga that makes his books hard to put down. He has (as usual) done extensive research to be able to weave this account of an exploratory expedition into an exciting and riveting account that will leave you wondering at times how it was ever accomplished. From the tragedies and triumphs, from the hazards at sea, and from their contacts with cannibals in Fiji -- it is definitely a book that will hold your attention.
Have had this book for over a year. I like the author, but the subject sounded boring. Not so. I had never heard of the Ex Ex, and can't imagine why it is so passed over. It was bigger, and more productive than Lewis and Clark. Was a very interesting book and well written.
This was my second book I read by Mr. Philbrick. I have since read, relished, and recommended them all. He has the talent of taking a historical point and turning it into a wonderful novel without destroying the factual history. Most anyone will enjoy this one: I await his next novel with enthusiasm.
This is an awesome book. Well read, with a ton of heavily researched information about the true American expedition to the South Pacific and Antartica in 1838. Philbrick does a great job of bringing the logs and journals to life and adding in a realism of what life on the ocean would have been like for this small band of adventurers. I loved it from the begginging to the end!