A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
The bestselling author of Blue Latitudes takes us on a thrilling and eye-opening voyage to pre-Mayflower America
On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he’s mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus’s sail in 1492 to Jamestown’s founding in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a jou...more
I guess my education was not as bad as the ones lamented by Horwitz in this text because I had a passing familiarity with most of the explorers, conquistadors, etc. that he mentioned. Still, Horwitz developed ...more
“I scanned the data stored in my own brain about America’s family of Europeans. ‘In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue’…John Smith and Jamestown…the Mayflower Compact…Pilgrims in funny hats…Of the Indians who met the English, I of course knew Pocahontas, Squanto, and … Hiawatha?
“…As far as dates, I’d ...more
This was an impulse buy. I was at the Smithsonian, the Native American, American Indian, museum, and this was in the bookstore. And since I get like 20% off because I’m a supporter and the cover was interesting, and the start sounded good.
And I had a really nice lunch.
So I figured what the hell.
And it was one of those times where it worked out. Go figure.
Horowitz travels to discover the discovery of America (at least discovery by white folks, but he’s honest about that part of it). Some of ...more
When someone bemoans the terrible impact of the “Europeans” on Na ...more
Horwitz relates to the reader the stories of the various European expeditions to the New ...more
I liked how he hit the road and dug up folks along the sixteent ...more
I heard about this book before its release in 2007. I was visiting the Jamestown settlement in Virginia and overheard a conversation about how Horwitz had been there doing some research for his new book. I knew he was living in Virginia at the time, so it didn't come as a big surprise, and the timing was right, since Jamestown celebrated it ...more
Any person with a shred of interest in American history MUST read this book. Like all Horwitz' work, it is carefully researched and winningly told. He employs his customary method of telling fir ...more
He talks vag ...more
Horowitz unearths a trove of incredible stories, which have been forgotten, ignored, or purposefully left out of the "officia ...more
Horwitz is an author who writes in what I think of as a subgenre, the travel narrative combined with researched background information. (Bill Bryson is another author famous for this kind of writing). Here, Horwitz travels to locations in Canada, the US and Central America, and traces the ...more
Most Americans would be very unlikely to be able to give any kind of adequate answer to that question. Neither could the author of this book, Tony Horwitz, before he decided to research it himself.
The book is very easy to read and focuses only on some of the most intriguing and important events that took place during that time. More ...more
Further, a lot of the "history" the author recounts is obviously just folk tales about the history that he came across in his travels. Again, of no real scholarly interest.
If I had thought to check I would have learn ...more
This is a travel/history book. The author visits historical locations of events that occurred between the first landing of Columbus and the settlement of Jamestown. Believe it or not, this was one of the richest periods in American history.
Horwitz tells those stories and of his travels with verve.
Now I just need of a way to remember this fine book's title. ...more
This was good and very educating, because the author set out to educate himself on the exact same period of history I’ve been looking to learn more about too – that early “Age of Discovery”. A rather narrower view, looking ...more
He begins his story with the Vikings and confirmed settlements on US soil as early as 1000 CE follo ...more
Tony Horwitz was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author whose books include Blue Latitudes, Confederates In The Attic and Baghdad Without A Map. His most recent work, published in May 2019, is Spying on the South, which follows Frederick Law Olmsted's travels from the Potomac to the Rio Grande as an undercover correspondent in the 1850s.
Tony was also president of the S ...more