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The Private Journal of William Reynolds

United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

William Reynolds - Author

Nathaniel Philbrick - Editor/introduction

Thomas Philbrick - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780143039051 | 336 pages | 26 Oct 2004 | Penguin Classics | 5.11 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Never before published—a major source for National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Philbrick's bestselling Sea of Glory

One of the finest nineteenth-century first-person narratives of a sea voyage in existence, and a principle source for Sea of Glory, The Private Journal of William Reynolds brings to life the boisterous world traversed by the six vessels that comprised America's first ocean-going voyage of discovery- the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. With great eloquence and verve Midshipman William Reynolds describes the harrowing 87,000-mile, four-year circuit of the globe, and relates the story of how the abusive commander of the Ex. Ex., Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, gradually lost the support of his crew. With a seaman's understanding and an artist's appreciation for the wild beauty that surrounds him, the Journal is a tour de force-combining meticulous observations with a young man's sense of wonder and, on occasion, terror as he is tossed about by the tremendous seas.


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