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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Philbrick Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1838, the U.S. government launched the largest discovery voyage the Western world had ever seen; six sailing vessels and 346 men bound for the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Four years later, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, or Ex. Ex. as it was known, returned with an astounding array of accomplishments and discoveries: 87,000 miles logged, 280 Pacific islands surveyed, 4,000 zoological specimens collected, including 2,000 new species, and the discovery of the continent of Antarctica. And yet at a human level, the project was a disaster. Not only had 28 men died and 2 ships been lost, but a series of sensational court-martials had also ensued that pitted the expedition's controversial leader, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, against almost every officer under his command.

Though comparable in importance and breadth of success to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Ex. Ex. has been largely forgotten. Now, the celebrated Nathaniel Philbrick recreates this chapter of American maritime history in all its triumph and scandal.

Like the award-winning In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory combines meticulous history with spellbinding human drama as it circles the globe from the palm-fringed beaches of the South Pacific to the treacherous waters off Antarctica and to the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and, finally, to a court-martial aboard a ship anchored off New York City. 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 Pamela | 1/30/2014

    " This book was more about personalities at work than a scientific overview of the Ex Ex; It was interesting reading about the people, their personalities and how they inter-played with the often (deservedly) maligned Lt Wilkes. Wilkes, who led the four year survey team of the Pacific, Antarctic region and the Northwest coast of the US was given more responsibility than he was probably equipped to deal with under a highly stressful situation. It most likely didn't help that he was never given the actual rank that his task needed, and thus never really had the full measure of trust from his entire squadron of ships. The few people he had respect from lost it because of things that he did.. things that probably could have made the expedition more of a success. On a happy note, it was because of the great success of the scientists and sheer volume of specimens involved with the Exploring Expedition that a certain wealthy American's dream of establishing some sort of place or institution (a man named Smithson) became a reality which we call the Smithsonian Institute.. "You gotta have a place for your stuff." I felt it was a good reminder of the flaws of humanity, the petty nature of people, and a very good example of how we don't always get what we deserve or want and life just isn't fair.. Wilkes felt he deserved so much more and was driven by ego rather than talent. The people with real talent never got the revenge they felt they needed or were justified. I think it would make a great book for psych majors too. ;P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Augustus | 1/29/2014

    " The one crazy guy that became the source of the Smithsonian and the National Observatory and discovered that Antarctica was a continent. He also was the expedition that solidified an acceptance of government-funded science. The writing of the book is way better than my review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dugger | 1/29/2014

    " Story of the pacific ocean exploration by US in the 1800s. Captain Wilkes was egomaniac with control issues that led to widespread discontent during the four year journey. Great accomplishments during a time of worldwide exploration of the seas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jose | 1/29/2014

    " history can be fun. unbelievable what people went through to explore things "

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