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Pacific Passions: The European Struggle for Power in the Great Ocean in the Age of Exploration Paperback – September 27, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595144020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595144020
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,941,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Sherry, the author of Raiders and Rebels, a history of the golden age of piracy, is an historian, award-winning journalist, video producer and adventurer. Also a sailor and SCUBA diver, he has sailed throughout the Caribbean and traveled in the Himalayas, the Rockies, Nepal, the Salmon River country of Idaho, and the high desert of New Mexico.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on August 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Frank Sherry's account of the European exploration and mastering of the Pacific Ocean is an excellent and well written work of history that has somehow been overlooked. Lovers of great tales of exploration and nautical history should seek out a copy. It is WELL worth the effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim F. Martin on March 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Frank Sherry works very hard to cover the first 250 years of European exploration of the Pacific and its lands, particularly the struggle to control the spice trade, the continual wars and battles fought over its control, the search for alternate passages from European waters to the Pacific, and the hunt for the mythical southern continent, Terra Australis Incognita. Chronicling Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and English activities in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, it is ambitious and epic in scope.
Sherry paints a picture of continual hardship on the part of these sailors on voyages of exploration, trade, and warfare. Political infighting and miserly sovereigns delayed missions for years, or so underfunded them that they were doomed to failure thanks to decreipt ships, wormy food, or otherwise poor supplies. Leaders of expeditions were often chosen by the rulers of the various nations not because of sailing skill or some personal or professional trait that made them outstanding explorers, but because they were owed favors, were the darlings of various kings, or simply because they bought their way on. Time and again sailing expeditions broke down into infighting and sometimes outright mutiny when supplies ran low, there were disputes over leadership of a ship or expedition, when winds were poor, and/or when a mythical island failed to appear, either because it never existed in the first place or because the ships were woefully off course. Petty treachery and arrogance often poisoned relations with peaceful natives throughout the Pacific, resulting in suffering on both sides and inevitable European massacres of Polynesians, Melanesians, and Micronesians, or sometimes vice versa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Pacific Passions is a captivating story of the explorers who opened the Pacific Ocean to the western world. Frank Sherry paints a riveting experience as he puts the reader on the decks of Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Dutch ships on journeys to the Spice Islands, Australia, Tahiti, and countless other destinations. The author does a masterful job in recounting the human misery and self sacrifice associated with the age of exploration as well as the human triumph. By the last paragraph I was ready to set sail myself for my own adventure into the South Seas! I could not put the book down!
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