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Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Sea of Glory
America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Hardcover      ISBN: 067003231x

- In the Heart of the Sea spent more than 4 months on The New York Times bestseller list and was a Boston Globe, New York Daily News, New York Newsday, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In the Heart of the Sea
The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Paperback      ISBN: 0141001828
From the author of Mayflower, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane's Eye--the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick.

Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history.

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.
Afloat
Afloat
Paperback      ISBN: 1590172590
Afloat, originally published as Sur l'eau in 1888, is a book of dazzling but treacherously shifting currents, a seemingly simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast that opens up to reveal unexpected depths, as Guy de Maupassant merges fact and fiction, dream and documentation in a wholly original style. Humorous and troubling stories, unreliable confessions, stray reminiscences, and thoughts on life, love, art, nature, and society all find a place in Maupassant's pages, which are, in conception and in effect, so many reflections of the fluid sea on which he finds himself-happily but forever precariously-afloat. Afloat is thus a book that in both content and form courts risk while setting out to chart the meaning, and limits, of freedom, a book that makes itself up as it goes along and in doing so proves as startling and compellingly vital as the paintings of Maupassant's contemporaries van Gogh and Gauguin.
The Conquest of the Ocean: The Illustrated History of Seafaring
The Conquest of the Ocean
The Illustrated History of Seafaring
Hardcover      ISBN: 146540841x

A captivating tale spanning 5,000 years of the oceans' history, "The Conquest of the Ocean" tells the stories of the remarkable individuals who sailed seas, for trade, to conquer new lands, to explore the unknown.

From the early Polynesians to the first circumnavigations by the Portuguese and the British, these are awe-inspiring tales of epic sea voyages involving great feats of seamanship, navigation, endurance, and ingenuity. Explore the lives and maritime adventures, many with first-person narratives of land seekers and globe charters such as Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, and Vitus Bering.

A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic
A Night to Remember
The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic
Paperback      ISBN: 0805077642

The classic minute-by-minute account of the sinking of the Titanic, in a 50th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick

First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanic's fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.

Available for the first time in trade paperback and with a new introduction for the 50th anniversary edition by Nathaniel Phil-brick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory, Walter Lord's classic minute-by-minute re-creation is as vivid now as it was upon first publication fifty years ago. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this semicentennial edition brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of readers.
Sailing Alone Around the World and Voyage of the Liberdade
Sailing Alone Around the World and Voyage of the Liberdade
Hardcover      ISBN: 0911378200

In the 1890s Captain Joshua Slocum, an ageing Massachussetts merchantman, was the first man to circumnavigate the globe single-handed. He did so in a 37-foot sailboat he had rebuilt from a derelict oyster sloop. He set down the story of his odyssey in this volume.

Cutty Sark: The Last of the Tea Clippers
Cutty Sark
The Last of the Tea Clippers
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591141826
Cutty Sark was the greatest of the tea clippers and an iconic British institution. This new work describes the eventful history of this celebrated ship from her 1869 construction, her famous voyages, dramatic fire, painstaking restoration, and glorious reopening in April 2012. Developed with the Cutty Sark Trust, the book provides a chronological narrative along with detailed features on crew accounts, log entries, pieces on seamanship, ports and cargoes and broader tall ship culture, as well as an opportunity to focus on artifacts and the fittings of the clipper ship. It includes rare and previously unpublished historical images from the ship's collections and those of the National Maritime Museum.
Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty
Rowing Against the Current
On Learning to Scull at Forty
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684843218

In the midst of the standard midlife crisis -- complete with wine tasting courses, yoga classes, and a failed attempt at a first novel -- forty-year-old Barry Strauss fails unexpectedly and passionately in love with rowing, a sport in which even a twenty-seven-year-old is considered a has-been.

Strauss, a classics professor, writes about the unanticipated delights of an affair that, like so many others, begins as a casual dalliance and develops into a full-blown obsession. Drawn to the sport in part because of his affinity for Greek antiquity, he develops a hankering for old boathouses, a longing for rivers at dawn, a thirst to test himself, and ultimately a renewed sense of self-reliance -- as someone who had experienced sports humiliation back as far as Little League suddenly finds himself bursting into athleticism at an unlikely age.

From the awe-inspiring feats of the war-bound ancient Greek triremes with their crews of 172 men rowing on three levels, to the solitary pride of finishing a first race in which he gets stuck in the weeds and has to be fished out, Barry Strauss shows us why "there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats".

The 100 Best Great Lakes Shipwrecks
The 100 Best Great Lakes Shipwrecks
Paperback      ISBN: 0968143733

Lakes Michigan and Superior, 49 dramatic and exciting shipewrecks tales, 75 color and 57 b&w photos, archival and underwater, 284 pages. Also: The Most Hunted Wrecks.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World
Shackleton's Amazing Voyage
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517800136

"Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" vividly recreates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history.
In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, "Endurance," became trapped. The expedition survived an Antarctic winter in the icebound ship, then, after "Endurance" sank, five months camped on the ice followed by a perilous boat journey through storms and icebergs to remote and unvisited Elephnat Island, 600 miles from Cape Horn. From there, their only hope was for someone to fetch help. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of the treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat and then hiked across the unmapped, glacier-strewn interior of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. In August 1916, 19 months after "Endurance "first became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to Elephant Island for his men.


Jennifer Armstrong narrates these almost unbelievable events with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than forty of which are reproduced here.