What’s Going on Here?
Samuel Bawlf, The Secret
Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577-1580 (New York: Walker Books, 2004 [originally published in 2001], and Nicholas Crane,
Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet (New York: Henry Holt, 2003).An interesting note is that in the articles published in the special issue of
U.S. News & World Report (February 23-March1, 2004 issue) dedicated to history’s greatest explorers, the authors they cited were mostly from the above list.
Two other most interesting books were published in 2000 and 2001 - Milbry Polk and Mary Tiegreen, Women of Discovery: A Celebration of Intrepid Women Who Explored the World (New York: Clarkson Potter, 2001), and Fergus Fleming, Barrow’s Boys: A Stirring Story of Daring, Fortitude, and Outright Lunacy (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000).
Clearly there is a market for adventure stories, but it seems that only a few professional scholars are taking advantage of the popular market. Glyn Williams and Ann Savours certainly have done so with their books, The Prize of All the Oceans (New York: Viking, 2000), and The Search for the North West Passage (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999).
Perhaps now is the time for SHD members to popularize the adventures of the great explorers and travelers. There certainly seems to be a demand for this kind of literature.
Fig 16. Fellows Virginia and Jenkins Garrett with Sanford Bederman at honors luncheon, Arnaud’s Restaurant
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