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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Horwitz Narrator: Tony Horwitz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739317242
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On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university—a history major, no less!—he’s reached middle age with a third-grader’s grasp of early America. In fact, he’s mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus’s landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 160-something. Did nothing happen in between?

Horwitz decides to find out, and in A Voyage Long and Strange he uncovers the neglected story of America’s founding by Europeans. He begins a thousand years ago, with the Vikings, and then tells the dramatic tale of conquistadors, castaways, French voyageurs, Moorish slaves, and many others who roamed and rampaged across half the states of the present-day U.S. continent, long before the Mayflower landed.

To explore this history and its legacy in the present, Horwitz embarks on an epic quest of his own—trekking in search of grape-rich Vinland, Ponce de León’s Fountain of Youth, Coronado’s Cities of Gold, Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colonists, and other mysteries of early America. And everywhere he goes, Horwitz probes the revealing gap between fact and legend, between what we enshrine and what we forget.

An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.    Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roya | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoy Tony Horwitz's writing. He is an excellent investigative reporter and he successfully combines history with travel (2 genres I enjoy very much). This book follows the same formula as "Confederates in the Attic" and "Blue Latitudes." He begins with the "popular" version of history and, using investigative techniques, ferrets out alternative (and well-documented) alternative versions that are both interesting and thought-provoking. This book generally covers the period of American history between Columbus' "discovery" of America and the Pilgrims landing a Plymouth Rock (they didn't). What I find most fascinating about his books is how he demonstrates the impacts of our history on present-day culture and national identity. This book in particular, includes a fascinating discussion on the importance and place of myth in national identity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasonchicks Hicks | 2/9/2014

    " Very funny... for a history book. This book also vindicates my dislike of the Pilgrims. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danae | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, although I have a hard time shaking the feeling it was too long; It was very interesting, and I have to admit I learned a lot. I enjoyed the way the author went back and forth between historical accounts of various explorers, and his own current visits to those places, because it helped to see some long-range impacts I would not have expected. He goes into great detail about how we all honor and revere the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, when in fact they were by a long shot, not the first at practically anything, it just makes the best story. Anyway, this book was well-written, informative, and interesting. There are lots of things about your history you don't know (think about it--what happened to John Smith after the whole Pocohontas thing? His story is actually pretty dramatic.); if you enjoy history, you will like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Turi | 1/27/2014

    " Tony Horwitz takes us on a tour of that fuzzy period of American history in between Columbus and the Pilgrims. Vikings in Newfoundland, Spanish in the southwest and southeast, and the English in, well, New England. He views it all with an eye toward the real history underlying the myths. Even-handed, interesting, and at times even funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanie | 1/21/2014

    " Like the author, I had forgotten so much of the history of colonization of America. The author does a great job of weaving in historical facts with his travel experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/14/2014

    " I really like books that teach without making me feel like I'm reading a textbook, and this book did that very well. The author traveled around to explore the various scenes where explorers set foot in America, from the time of the Vikings in 1000 AD, to Columbus, on up to Jamestown and the Pilgrims. This is a great book if you like history and don't know much about what happened in America before the Pilgrims. Although it mostly focuses on European history in America, there is also a great deal of information about Native Americans and their encounters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cylvia | 1/10/2014

    " Great historical Everyone should read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/9/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. The author writes in a conversational and engaging way, and it reads almost more like a travelogue than a straight history. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artie | 1/6/2014

    " I never knew that the French started a colony in Florida before the Spanish. That's one of many reason this book should be read by anyone who cares about American history. I really like Horowitz's approach to history: entertaining but thoroughly researched, and tied to current events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akwhepworth | 12/30/2013

    " This book had an interesting concept, part history, part travelogue, part commentary. Overall, I felt it was lacking a bit of weightiness and started stronger than it ended. But I'd still definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Walker | 12/4/2013

    " Loved this book. Horwitz writes history that's fun to read, always enlightening and at times hilarious and touching. Highly recommend this ... and Blue Latitudes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/27/2013

    " This is a good read for history buffs. It helped me brush up on my American history and think about in what order this country was formed in and by which groups. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 11/21/2013

    " Not as entertaining as some of his other books, but a very important topic and something all Americans should learn more about! I am astounded at how ignorant of American history I am despite all those AP US history texts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/8/2013

    " The author describes what he learned about American history- Columbus came and then the Pilgrims. He decides to delve into what happened in between and writes about De soto, Coronado, as well as Columbus, Jamestown, and the Pilgrims. Very interesting and fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian Roche | 5/3/2013

    " Those Conquistadors were one crazy bunch. I learned so much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 3/6/2013

    " I don't know why, but I had a hard time focusing on this book. I wanted to like it, but there was something missing for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gene Curry | 2/18/2013

    " This book will have you singing "Don't know much about history" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaelaffl | 12/14/2012

    " very funny book and interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Olson | 7/23/2012

    " I found this to be an enjoyable read which drew lots of "I didn't know that" from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/14/2012

    " Great book! I learned a lot about the Europeans coming to America----much more than I learned in school. I always forget about the Spanish exploration of the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dayna bateman | 3/6/2012

    " An enjoyable journey through the years that most American history books have forgotten -- a view to exploration of the New World that predates Plymouth Rock by hundreds of years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billy | 3/1/2012

    " We live here in the new world thanks to some rough customers who crossed the wide ocean and did not hesitate to take what was not theirs. This is an entertaining if ultimately shallow retelling of these bloody tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/4/2011

    " Hysterical so far. It's very much in the style of Bill Bryson in that Horwitz' accounts of the locals is well-stirred with the historical content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/21/2011

    " Great book! I learned a lot about the Europeans coming to America----much more than I learned in school. I always forget about the Spanish exploration of the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/17/2011

    " I learned how much propaganda public schools teach us in the name of "history." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/4/2011

    " I love the structure the author uses in this very interesting and enlightening history of the new world. This is certainly not the columbus story of my grade school days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/1/2011

    " Tony Horwitz is an engaging writer, and this book is no exception. "

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About the Author
Author Tony Horwitz

Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for the Wall Street Journal and New Yorker. He lives in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their sons.