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 […]

WWI, Maritime History; Continents: Europe and North America

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson If you spent your summer vacation in Porchville, then this book will convince you that missing out on that cruise wasn’t such a bad thing. 450 pages, Kindle edition If you read much history, then you probably already know who Erik Larson is. Maybe […]

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 12; Continent: Europe

Longitude by Dava Sobel 180 pages (5 pages of Acknowledgments, etc.) Consider this quick read the next time you fly east or west from your hometown Latitude and longitude, the lines on a Mercator projection map, have differing histories. On the globe, latitude makes rings that get progressively smaller from the equator as one moves […]