In The Great Explorers--an abridgement of his two-volume magnum opus, The European Discovery of America--the late Samuel Eliot Morison, one of the most eminent American historians of the 20th century, vividly describes the early voyages that led to the discovery of the New World. Based on Morison's own trips, by plane, to the places the early discoverers landed, and on massive research into their maps, travelogues, and means of navigation, it
tells, as no other book does, what the experience of these early explorers was. Morison describes their fear of sailing uncharted waters, their encounters with natives, their joy--and surprise--at discovering new land, and enriches his story with the photographs and maps he made while retracing the great voyages.
"This edition is a welcome and handy reference to the major explorations, written by one of the most eminent historians of the century."--Bookman's Weekly
"The best of [Morison's classic] accounts of the first voyages to North and South America were distilled...into this nicely illustrated abridgement."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"In this magisterial work, the late Samuel Eliot Morison presents the voyages of the Cabots, Gilbert, Frobisher, Columbus, Magellan, Drake, and others. This paperback is chock full of maps, seafaring techniques, and all the excitement of a good adventure yarn."--Cultural Information Service
On The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages: "What a story! And how worthily the writer tells it!...To read this book is to be a privileged passenger on the bridge beside a master mariner who...imparts the wisdoms of the deep in tones of a salty tang--brisk, skeptical, yet always measured."--The New York Times Book Review
"One of the most readable and gripping histories in decades."--Boston Globe
"It is in all ways admirable, written with wit and easy scholarship, and loaded with maps and pictures....[Morison] at his entertaining best."--The New Yorker
"This is a great book by a great historian."--Virginia Quarterly Review
On The European Discovery of America: The Southern Voyages: "An epic work of true grandeur."--Journal of Southern History
"Dazzling."--The New Yorker.
"An exemplary work of historical writing."--Newsweek.
"With this volume, Admiral Morison climaxes a historian's career which itself merits a place in history....Morison is one of those adventuring originals who have the courage to see the past their own way and the power to give the past new life by making it more personal than ever before."--The New York Times.
Number Of Pages: 784
Published: 1st January 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0
Weight (kg): 1.03