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Sailing Alone Around the World and The Voyage of the Libredade (National Geographic Adventure Classics) Paperback – February 1, 2004

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Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Joshua Slocum was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. An international bestseller, Sailing Alone Around the World was a critical success upon its publication in 1900. Slocum enjoyed widespread fame in the English-speaking world, including an invitation to speak at a dinner in honor of Mark Twain, until his disappearance while aboard his boat the Spray in 1909. At the time, it was believed his boat had been run down by a steamer or struck by a whale, however it was later determined that the Spray could also have easily capsized. Despite a lifetime at sea, Slocum never learned to swim. He was declared legally dead in 1924.

Gary Haynes joined United Press International as a photographer in Detroit in 1958. By 1969 he was UPI's assistant managing editor of photography in New York, and later that year was made a national picture editor for The New York Times. From inside UPI, as a shooter and a manager, Haynes saw nearly every UPI picture to move on the network for close to eleven years.
Walter Cronkite was a correspondent for UPI during World War II and then served as an evening news anchor on CBS for nearly 20 years, during which he became known as "the most trusted man in America."
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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic Adventure Classics
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792265564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792265566
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Bardin on October 8, 2015
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Sailing Alone goes pretty much as the title suggests it will, though Slocum was a writer of rare talent. The Voyage of the Liberdade is an adventure story that should be required reading, especially for a class on how to write good stories. It's too bad Slocum didn't write a lot more.
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If you have any desire to sail the oceans and get away from the rat race, both of the included stories will definitely transport you to a different time and place in a memorable way.

Slocum has a keen eye for details and illustrates his experiences in a way any serious reader will enjoy. The technology is basic and so is the man. Arm chair sailors, especially, will enjoy cruising with Slocum and this tale will find a special place on your bookshelf, I'm sure.

I've done some sailing, but am not intrepid enough to sail around the world by my lonesome. To think that this was done completely solo by someone who accomplished it before the age of radio, GPS, modern charting, and even life jackets, is quite admirable.
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Mr. Slocum's story of his adventure sailing solo around the world, for me was spell-binding. His writing style was casual and friendly, that of the traditional story-teller, though I did have to look-up some of the nautical terms that I was unfamiliar with. His love of the seas and his total mastery of sailing is obvious. He encountered my hardships and life-threatening situations, but he prevailed by his skills, confidence and sheer determination. He also met many interesting characters while on his voyage, most friendly, hospitable and helpful but some dastardly. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure.
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