Notable New Titles

Notable New Titles

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann Doubleday; $20.98 What is it about these terrible tales of suffering and privation that makes them so fascinating even 280 years after the fact? I’ll tell you: it’s the repeated mistakes made by military planners and leaders who rely on hope as a strategy; that despite knowledge gained from previous failures, somehow this one will be successful (e.g. press gangs are never a good way to obtain crew). It is a tale of extremes and contradictions: one of Britain’s greatest naval victories and failures occurred on the same…
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Notable New Titles

Notable New Titles

The Five-Year Voyage: Exploring Latin American Coasts and Rivers by Stephen Ladd Seekers Press 241 pages; $16.95  This is not a book written in the tradition of the great classics of blue-water voyaging—tales of writer-adventurers battling heavy Atlantic seas or running free before the Pacific trades in their wood-or-steel schooners, yawls or ketches. The Five-Year Voyage is hardly a sea story at all. It is instead a riveting account by author Stephen Ladd of the pleasures and pain of international coasting and river cruising in the equivalent of an oversized fishing dory. Based on an old Herreshoff design, Ladd’s 1985…
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