A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

Author(s): Tony Horwitz


Long before the Pilgrims, other Europeans pioneered North America, seeking land, converts and cities of gold. By exploring Americas lost, or often repressed, heritage, award-winning writer Tony Horwitz unmasks the countrys founding myths. A Voyage Long and Strange opens with the Vikings in ad 1000, but focuses on the neglected period in early American history between Columbuss voyage of 1492 and the Pilgrims arrival in 1620. Horwitz recaptures the adventures of non-English explorers and the drama of the first contact with native peoples during this period. He also sets out on his own journey of rediscovery, travelling in the explorers wake to reveal the enduring influence that early Europeans had on America. Why, Horwitz asks, do we remember history the way we do? During his long and strange journey, from Indian sweat lodges to Columbuss crypt, he exposes the revealing gap between what we enshrine and what we forget about our past. A Voyage Long and Strange is a gripping historical adventure that illuminates not only Americas early European history, but also the memory and myths that give the past power in the present day.

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Praise for Into the Blue":'No writer has better captured the heroic enigma that was Captain James Cook than Tony Horwitz in this amiable and enthralling excursion around the Pacific' -- Bill Bryson 'Playful but never flippant, meticulously researched and occasionally moving ... a fresh and likeable attempt to boldly go where few biographers have gone before' -- Daily Telegraph Praise for Confederates in the Attic":'Splendid ... This rattling good read is an eyes-open, humorously no-nonsense survey of complicated Americans ... The freshest book about divisiveness in America that I have read in some time' -- New York Times 'Hilariously funny' -- The Washington Post

Tony Horwitz, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting for the Wall Street Journal, is the author of CONFEDERATES IN THE ATTIC, BAGHDAD WITHOUT A MAP, ONE FOR THE ROAD and BLUE LATITUDES, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Marthas Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their son Nathaniel.

General Fields

  • : 9780719566370
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : John Murray (Publishers) Ltd
  • : 0.7
  • : March 2008
  • : 236mm X 164mm X 36mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tony Horwitz
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 970.1
  • : 464