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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samuel Eliot Morison Narrator: Frederick Davidso Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The great voyages of discovery to the New World are here brought to life by one of the 20th century's most eminent historians, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Samuel Morison.

A master seaman himself, Morison personally retraced the voyages of the early explorers, charting his travels in maps and photographs and comparing these to the maps and travelogues of the early sailors. The resulting two-volume The European Discovery of America was widely acclaimed both for its author's incomparable knowledge of history, cartography, and sea navigation and for the fresh immediacy of its writing.

The Great Explorers abridges this great work, following the voyages of Columbus, Magellan, Drake, and many more. Here is the fascinating story of these explorers' ventures into uncharted waters, their encounters with natives, and their joy - and surprise - at discovering new land. 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 Ingrid | 2/15/2011

    " There's a LOT of detail, but I now think I'm close to knowing as much as a 5th grader. I want to get the book for my personal library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tony | 5/30/2010

    " This was full of interesting nuggets of information, but as much as I found it interesting, I know for a fact I couldn't have ploughed through the original, unabridged , work from which this was taken. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erik | 9/15/2009

    " Would prefer more maps. The book also assumes an advanced knowledge of sailing. Can be a little annoying. Otherwise, very good. "

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Author Samuel Eliot Morison

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887–1976), Rear Admiral, United States Naval Reserve, was an American historian noted for his works of history, especially maritime history, that were both authoritative and highly readable. At various times he held teaching positions at Berkeley, Oxford, and Harvard. A sailor as well as a scholar, he garnered numerous literary prizes, military honors, and national awards from both foreign countries and the United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 1962 American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for History. His Admiral of the Ocean Sea won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.