"Sea of Glory is a treasure of a booka spacious sea story, first-rate history, and a chronicle of the lengths men will go to, the messes they can get into (and out of), all in the quest of knowledge. Or of glory. Or for self-aggrandizement. Or for the plain love of adventure. Nathaniel Philbrick is a solid scholar and superb writer. His study of Charles Wilkes, the very odd, turbulent leader of the Wilkes Expedition, is as skillfully rendered as his portrayal of life as it once was on the ocean frontier."
David McCullough, author of John Adams