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A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America (Paperback)

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Tony Horwitz's A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World is a fascinating and wonderfully written combination of history and travel literature masterfully interwoven. The ideation for writing the book took place when Horwitz was visiting Plymouth and realized how little he actually knew about the age of exploration in America and realized that most other Americans were in the very same boat. From the Vikings to the Pilgrims he first lays out the most current historical information and then actually travels the route taken by the explorer describing the monuments and archaology and seeking out local history buffs whenever possible. The writing is conversational and full of interesting facts and descriptions. This book is very highly recommended.


— From Matt


W hat happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620?

On a visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he doesn't have a clue, nor do most Americans. So he sets off across the continent to rediscover the wild era when Europeans first roamed the New World in quest of gold, glory, converts, and eternal youth. Horwitz tells the story of these brave and often crazed explorers while retracing their steps on his own epic trek--an odyssey that takes him inside an Indian sweat lodge in subarctic Canada, down the Mississippi in a canoe, on a road trip fueled by buffalo meat, and into sixty pounds of armor as a conquistador reenactor in Florida.

A Voyage Long and Strange is a rich mix of scholarship and modern-day adventure that brings the forgotten first chapter of America's history vividly to life.

About the Author

TONY HORWITZ is the bestselling author of Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their sons, Nathaniel and Bizu.

Praise For…

"Wonderfully written, and heroically researched...Horwitz unearths whole chapters of American history that have been ignored."--The Boston Globe
"Poignant and hilarious . . . Riveting."--The Seattle Times
"History of the most accessible sort . . . full of vivid characters and wild detail."--The New York Times

"Entertaining, insightful . . . Rich with reading pleasure."--The Christian Science Monitor



Product Details
ISBN: 9780312428327
ISBN-10: 0312428324
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: April 28th, 2009
Pages: 445
Language: English