Exploration,Colonization; Region: Pacific Rim

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz A thoughtful consideration of the impact Cook’s travels had on each of the cultures he visited as well as the one from which he hailed…along with a good chuckle in parts 500 pages (440 pages to Selected Bibliography) Back when I needed […]

Exploration, Arctic; Continent: North America, Europe

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides You think you’re having a rough winter? Check this story out. Blanket and cocoa recommended. 410 pages It’s the end of the 1870s, and to the people of the newly industrialized United States, the world yields to […]

Book 4; Continent: Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas

1493 by Charles C. Mann 509 pages (690 with Appendices, Notes and Index) Engaging enough to read even while on the bus or subway; Chapters are long but have reasonable subdivisions. This is the book I’d been putting off until my next transcontinental flights. Five hundred pages seemed like a lot to tackle without those […]

Another Favorite from 2012

River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Camilla Millard 416 pages (353 pages excluding Notes) Organized into short, cup-of-coffee length sections within chapters so the reader can sneak in a few minutes with the book at a time Reading Martin Dugard’s Into Africa put me in mind of this book from last year. The […]

Book 2; Continent: Africa, Europe

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard 340 pages (316 pages without the Notes and Index) Beautifully paced narrative features short sections and chapters, just right for your stopover at a coffeehouse or a quick read on your lunch break I never knew to whom the famous sentence “Dr. Livingstone, […]