Round About the Earth

Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit
Author(s): Joyce E. Chaplin
Original Publish Date: Feb 11, 2013
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.23 hours)
Product Number: Z100099738
Released: Jul 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452691077
Narrator/s: Joyce Bean
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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For almost five hundred years, human beings have been finding ways to circle the Earth-by sail, steam, or liquid fuel; by cycling, driving, flying, going into orbit, even by using their own bodily power. The story begins with the first centuries of circumnavigation, when few survived the attempt: in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan left Spain with five ships and two hundred and seventy men, but only one ship and thirty-five men returned, not including Magellan, who died in the Philippines. Starting with these dangerous voyages, Joyce Chaplin takes us on a trip of our own as we travel with Francis Drake, William Dampier, Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, and James Cook. Eventually sea travel grew much safer and passengers came on board. The most famous was Charles Darwin, but some intrepid women became circumnavigators too-a Lady Brassey, for example. Circumnavigation became a fad, as captured in Jules Verne's classic novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Once continental railroads were built, circumnavigators could traverse sea and land. Newspapers sponsored racing contests, and people sought ways to distinguish themselves-by bicycling around the world, for instance, or by sailing solo. Steamships turned round-the-world travel into a luxurious experience, as with the tours of Thomas Cook & Son. Famous authors wrote up their adventures, including Mark Twain and Jack London and Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (better known as Nellie Bly). Finally humans took to the skies to circle the globe in airplanes. Not much later, Sputnik, Gagarin, and Glenn pioneered a new kind of circumnavigation- in orbit. Through it all, the desire to take on the planet has tested the courage and capacity of the bold men and women who took up the challenge. Their exploits show us why we think of the Earth as home. Round About the Earth is itself a thrilling adventure.

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Author(s): Joyce E. Chaplin
Genre: Science, History
Product Number EB00570473
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781439100066

Professional reviews

"A history of global circumnavigation must include Ferdinand Magellan and Sir Francis Drake, but modern-day traveler Michael Palin also is featured in Chaplin's book. Narrator Joyce Bean has a hardiness and adventurousness in her voice--with a hint of wry humor--that cover the "geo-drama" of world travel well. The history is interesting enough when it deals with well-known voyagers like Magellan, and it gets even better as it goes off the map, covering territory like board games and bicycle tours. With visits to the fiction of Jonathan Swift and Jules Verne, Chaplin's work creates a romantic picture of circumnavigation that may inspire listeners to dream about global trips themselves. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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