Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery : The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

Version: Abridged
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris
Genres: History
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: November 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea—and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen—the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838– 1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean—and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution, and much more.

Reviews (2)

Thumbs up for Philbrick

Written by Albert from Annapolis, MD on September 2nd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is another of Philbrick's histories that I enjoyed immensely. I appreciate his good research and attention to detail. Here, he gives Wilkes a square deal. I have worked under captains who reacted badly to the stress and responsibility of command. Their officers did not bring charges and they were not court-martialed. Wilkes achieved much and historians generally have given him less than the credit he deserves.

Very Interesting

Written by Michael Hamann on July 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I picked this up at a used book store and couldn't have been happier. Interesting tape about a little known American expedition. Voice actor easy to listen to.

Author Details

Author Details

Philbrick, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Philbrick (born 1956) is an American author and a winner of the National Book Award for his work of maritime history In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. His latest work, Mayflower, has received excellent reviews.

Philbrick graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School[1] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned his bachelor's degree at Brown University, and his master's degree in American literature at Duke University. He moved to Nantucket in 1986.

He is a leading authority on the history of whaling and is the director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies and is a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. He lives on Nantucket and is a former intercollegiate All-American sailor and North American Sunfish champion.

Philbrick has also written articles on sailing and American maritime history for Vanity Fair, the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.

In 2002, he was named the Nathaniel Bowditch Maritime Scholar of the Year by the American Merchant Marine Museum.

Philbrick has written extensively about sailing. His works include The Passionate Sailor and Second Wind: A Sailfish Sailor's Odyssey. He is also the editor of Yaahting, A Parody.

In May 2006, Philbrick published a new history of the founding of the Plymouth colony in the United States, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. On November 6, 2007, Philbrick shared research from this book at a campus forum at Brigham Young University.[2]

Nathaniel is the most prominent member of the Philbrick literary family.