The Great Explorers: The European Discovery of America

By Samuel Eliot Morison
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25.35 Hours 09/29/2009 unabridged
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The great voyages of discovery to the New World are here brought to life by one of the twentieth 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.

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Summary

The great voyages of discovery to the New World are here brought to life by one of the twentieth 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What a story! And how worthily the writer tells it!…To read this book is to be a privileged passenger on the bridge beside a master mariner who…imparts the wisdoms of the deep in tones of a salty tang—brisk, skeptical, yet always measured.” New York Times Book Review
“In all ways admirable, written with wit and easy scholarship…[Morison] at his entertaining best.” New Yorker
“One of the most readable and gripping histories in decades.” Boston Globe
“An epic work of true grandeur.” Journal of Southern History

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Author Bio: 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. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 25.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English