A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
Rediscovering the New World

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The bestselling author of Blue Latitudes takes us on a thrilling and eye-opening voyage to pre-Mayflower America


On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he's mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus's sail in 1492 to Jamestown's founding in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a journey of rediscovery, following in the footsteps of the many Europeans who preceded the Pilgrims to America.


An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs--these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers.


Tracing this legacy with his own epic trek--from Florida's Fountain of Youth to Plymouth's sacred Rock, from desert pueblos to subarctic sweat lodges--Tony Horwitz explores the revealing gap between what we enshrine and what we forget. Displaying his trademark talent for humor, narrative, and historical insight, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.

 

About Tony Horwitz

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Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. He lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their two sons.
 
Published April 29, 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.. 464 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca made inroads through Florida and Texas between 1528 and 1536, while ruthless Hernando de Soto cut throughout the South a pitiless swath of destruction and slaughter of natives.

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The New York Times

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Tony Horwitz’s new book is about the American history most Americans never learned, like the story of a 17th-century colony established on Cuttyhunk Island, Mass.

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The New York Times

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From the Vikings to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz searches for the true story behind the founding of America.

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The New York Times

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Never mind his Pulitzer, the best-selling books, the writing jobs at The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker: Tony Horwitz is a dope.

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The Guardian

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The story of American history is, of course, one of racial division, but as the people Horwitz meets explain, and exemplify, it has also always involved racial intermingling.

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The Guardian

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A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz 464pp, John Murray, £25 Throughout this enlightening and entertaining new book, I was reminded of the American humorist Ambrose Bierce's definition of history: "an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are ...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Horwitz's new book is about the American history most Americans never learned, including the story of the short-lived, early 17th-century colony established on this windswept island eight miles west of Martha's Vineyard.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

By dishing up, along with the "turkey and pumpkin pie," a succotash of fact, nonsense, and American eccentricity, Horwitz proves that his is the best, most palatable history we?re likely to read.

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Historical Novel Society

Here he looks at the general population’s accepted facts about the founding of America and turns them upside down.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Tony Horwitz has a reputation for humorous, informative travelogues, including Confederates in the Attic, which looks at the Civil War’s continuing influence on contemporary America, and Blue Latitudes ( 3.5 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2003), a retracing of Captain James ...

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Large Print Reviews

Most people have no notion of what occurred during the century between Columbus’ discovery of America in 1492 and the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, or the events in America before Columbus.

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California Literary Review

It is the story of these shadowy European visitors to America – the Vikings, the Spanish, the French, the English – which Tony Horwitz seeks in A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World.

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Lonely Planet

There are few examples of positive outcomes for the pre-European inhabitants, although the biography of the character - later immortalised as Pocahontas - who became a rare example of harmonious co-existence with the settlers is one exception.

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Lonely Planet

There are few examples of positive outcomes for the pre-European inhabitants, although the biography of the character – later immortalised as Pocahontas – who became a rare example of harmonious co-existence with the settlers is one exception.

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