Synopses & Reviews
Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat with Ernest Shackleton, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair. Shackleton and Chase persevered in the face of travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affection, their frankness, and their lack of ego. Their gripping stories are custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed. Civilized
readers with their armchairs anchored firmly to the living room floor.
Rich in drama and history, here are fifteen stories that will entertain, inform, and inspire--enduring stories that have attracted generations of readers.
With contributions from:
James Fenimore Cooper
Richard Henry Dana
Jerome K. Jerome
Edgar Allan Poe
Robert Louis Stevenson
"I began with the brief introduction to gain an insight into Tom McCarthy's intention of organizing this mixture of fact and fictional stories. His concept had me excited within a few paragraphs."-- Good Old Boat
Breathtaking adventures, unsurpassed dramas, and poignant tales that have stood the test of time.
About the Author
Tom McCarthy grew up on the Great Lakes. His love of sailing and the ocean is the driving force behind this collection of stories. The editor of Pirates!, Incredible Pirate Tales, and Incredible Tales of the Sea, he lives in Guilford, Connecticut.