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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Books on Tape (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736696040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736696043
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,102,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nathaniel Philbrick
Life at a Glance

1956 in Boston, Mass.

Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.; BA in English from Brown University in Providence, RI, and an MA in America Literature from Duke University in Durham, NC

Philbrick was Brown's first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978; that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI; today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie-J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.

Melissa Douthart Philbrick, who is an attorney on Nantucket. They have two children: Jennie, 23, and Ethan 20.

After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine; was a freelancer for a number of years, during which time he wrote/edited several sailing books, including Yaahting: A Parody (1984), for which he was the editor-in-chief; during this time he was also the primary caregiver for his two children. After moving to Nantucket in 1986, he became interested in the history of the island and wrote Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People. He was offered the opportunity to start the Egan Maritime Foundation in 1995, and in 2000 he published In the Heart of the Sea, followed by Sea of Glory, in 2003, and Mayflower, due in May 2006.

Awards and Honors
In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award for nonfiction; Revenge of the Whale won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Sea of Glory won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. Philbrick has also received the Byrne Waterman Award from the Kendall Whaling Museum, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for distinguished service from the USS Constitution Museum, the Nathaniel Bowditch Award from the American Merchant Marine Museum, and the William Bradford Award from the Pilgrim Society.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jared M on September 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
It was a review of this book in the National Geographic Adventure magazine which first caught my eye, and prompted me to purchase Philbrick's excellent narrative of the US Exploring Expedition. The Expedition sailed from Norfolk, USA, carrying the scientific and exploratory hopes of the United States on a trip to South America, Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Asia that encompasses nearly 5 years. Over 500 men, in 6 ships left in 1838, to return in 1842, much reduced in number, but with enough scientific specimens (over 4000) to form a large portion of the Smithsonian collection. Commanded by Lieutenant Wilkes, the story of the US Ex. Ex has largely been forgotten, but Philbrick has produced a book which hopefully will bring to the forefront the achievements of the US Ex. Ex and its' men.

"Sea of Glory" is truly a spectacular rendition of events, as Philbrick portrays the deterioration of the relationship between Commander and his men, while journeying through some of most inhospitable seas in the world. Wilkes comes across as a near megalomaniac and odious character (almost immediately after beginning the expedition, he promoted himself Captain!), belittling the achievements of his underlings and inflating his own. It is a miracle that he was succeeded in bringing the expedition home largely unscathed. Nor does the story end there. The final chapters reveal the trials and tribulations of Wilkes (and other members of the expedition) as he realizes that he may be held accountable for his actions. Upon return of the expedition, there were no fewer than 5 court martials involving Wilkes and officers of the vessels comprising the expedition, largely petty incidents raised by Wilkes as revenge for perceived slights by the officers.
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By emma2u on December 23, 2014
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I was going to read for book group. I started it and thought it had names and dates in a jumbled fashion. When I found out I wouldn't be able to attend group I stopped reading. Feedback from books members was that there were too many nautical terms. I enjoyed other books by Pholbrick much more.
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By Lorri on January 18, 2011
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This may be about the sea, but it is dry, dry, dry. I forced myself to read it and at about page 100, decided life was too short. I'll donate the book to my local library for some other poor unsuspecting reader.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Fitzgerald on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I became aware of the US Exploring Expedition a few years ago. Like most of us, I never realized it had happened. One can only wonder why history has deposited such an enormous undertaking into its dust bin. In an age of significant international exploration by all European countries, this was a most singular and unique achievement.

Lasting four years, from 1838-1842, and resulting in the formal discovery, naming and mapping of 1,500 miles of the Antarctic Continent, the expedition charted 280 Pacific Islands, including the first charting of the Fiji Group, 800 miles of the Oregon coast, a 100 mile stretch of the Columbia River and the overland route from Oregon to San Francisco.

Marked by severe acrimony between its commander, Charles Wilkes, and 90% of his officer corps, this accomplishment is a testament to the perseverance of all of the expedition's 527 members. It covered thousands upon thousands of miles and marked the first time any single exploring expedition touched every continental land mass. In the US Exploring Expedition's myriad of accomplishments lies the projection of US influence into the Pacific, the eventual acquisition of Midway Island and ultimately the State of Hawaii, and equally important, the recognition of the military value of Puget Sound, Pearl Harbor and San Francisco Bay. Wilkes was one of the first to understand that the West Coast of North America would dramatically impact access to Asia and influence the development of the Pacific Ocean.

A noteworthy work by a gifted writer, this is a breathtaking account of one of history's greatest adventures.
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