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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: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged 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 James Hurley | 2/7/2014

    " This was a decent book on history, well written and for the most part, moved well and stayed interesting. There were a few sections that were dry, but you can expect that in history. If someone did a little research this story could be turned into a decent fictional book as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott | 2/4/2014

    " An epic record of early American exploration. Bigger than Lewis & Clark... add Cook and Shackelton's adventures and you come close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert Melnyk | 2/2/2014

    " Very interesting book about an Expedition I had never heard about. It was an amazing 4 year expedition that charted much of the Pacific Ocean, Antarctica, and the Pacific Northwest. It still amazes me how these sailors navigated around the globe with basically just a compass and the stars to find their way. This book told the story of the expedition as far as all the adventure and the danger, but also concentrated on the relationships between the leader of the expedition, Charles Wilkes, and his fellow officers and crew. Wilkes was a very strange fellow, extremely driven, but also an incredible ego-maniac. He was so driven by his own desire for self-grandeur that he made some very poor decisions, and became pretty much hated by most everyone under his command. Very detailed, but also very interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 1/24/2014

    " Bummer! Except for a few books exchanged among English-speaking friends here in China, all the books I read are audios I downloaded from a local library when I was visiting in the States in February. Somehow I didn't download the last CD to this book so I've been left hanging and can't finish it. But these 19th century U.S. explorations were fascinating; something I knew little about but yet comparable to putting the first man on the moon as far as discoveries go. In spite of a major personality glitch on the part of the expedition leader, the expedition was a major contributor to map-building and scientific discoveries. "

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