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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: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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' 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 Leon'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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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