A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz

A Voyage Long and Strange

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

Details A Voyage Long and Strange

TitleA Voyage Long and Strange
Release DateApr 29th, 2008
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
Number of pages445 pages
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Travel, North American Hi..., American History, Historical

Reviews A Voyage Long and Strange

  • Howard
    Tony Horwitz makes a rather startling confession in his introduction to "A Voyage Long and Strange." After viewing the famous rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he writes:“I scanned the data stored in my own brain about America’s family of Europeans. ‘In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue’…John Smith and Jamestown…the Mayflower Compact…Pilgrims in funny hats…Of the Indians who met the English, I of cours...
  • Chris
    This was an impulse buy. I was at the Smithsonian, the Native American, American Indian, museum, and this was in the bookstore. And since I get like 20% off because I’m a supporter and the cover was interesting, and the start sounded good. And I had a really nice lunch. So I figured what the hell. And it was one of those times where it worked out. Go figure. Horowitz travels to discover the discovery of America (at least discovery by white fol...
  • Dany Burns
    I found this book to be very enjoyable. I read this book as extra credit for one of my classes but liked it nonetheless. I really love learning about history but some academic history books can be very dry and boring to read so I like history books like this where it was written for a broad audience. There was a lot of stuff in this book I didn't know but also lots and lots of facts that I did know. This is probably partially because I'm in an Am...
  • Joshua
    Every school kid is taught that Columbus "discovered" America in 1492 and that the Pilgrims stepped onto a rock in 1620, but what happened in between? To shed light on the American "Dark Ages," Tony Horwitz follows the trails, literally by car, blazed by the Vikings, Spanish, French and English explorers and exploiters. He is a very entertaining writer with a touch of sarcasm that is used to debunk the myths we were taught in school.I liked how h...
  • Jim Mcclanahan
    I couldn't resist this book after traversing Tony Horwitz' wonderful opus, Confederates in the Attic. Told in much the same way, i.e., interspersing dollops of grim and sometimes ridiculous historical events with interviews of current residents of the historical venues. Sometimes the current goings on are at least as crazy as the historical ones. But Horwitz' easy manner and ability to paint the historical picture with a jaundiced (if non-judgeme...
  • Mike
    In this work Horwitz fills in the gaping chasm of knowledge we have regarding the exploration of North America by Europeans. Columbus' first landing on his first (of four) voyages WAS incredibly important. So were excursions by the Erikson family, de Leon, da Vaca, Coronado, de Soto and a host of others. Any person with a shred of interest in American history MUST read this book. Like all Horwitz' work, it is carefully researched and winningly to...
  • Jackson Burnett
    This book needs a more manageable title. I never can remember it and if you read it, I suspect you'll have the same experience.This is a travel/history book. The author visits historical locations of events that occurred between the first landing of Columbus and the settlement of Jamestown. Believe it or not, this was one of the richest periods in American history.Horwitz tells those stories and of his travels with verve.Now I just need of a way ...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Entertaining and knowledgeable.For a further review: http://susannag.booklikes.com/post/45... .
  • Lauren
    Tony Horwtiz's style really appeals to me - I like his "gung ho" approach of reporting. It totally worked in Confederates in the Attic and in Blue Latitudes. I heard about this book before its release in 2007. I was visiting the Jamestown settlement in Virginia and overheard a conversation about how Horwitz had been there doing some research for his new book. I knew he was living in Virginia at the time, so it didn't come as a big surprise, and t...
  • Sandy D.
    This is almost perfect mix of history (and history that is virtually unknown to most Americans, I think, despite the importance of this period) and modern storytelling. Horwitz looks at most of the major voyages of exploration and colonization before the Pilgrims came to Mass. in 1620: the Vikings in Newfoundland around 1000 AD; Columbus; then the Spanish in FL and the SE and the SW US (including Coronado going all the way up to Kansas in 1542, a...
  • Jesse
    Early America is weird. There are lots of lost people, lots of cannibalism, vanished expeditions, cities of gold, and a whole lot of maltreatment of natives. Horwitz's history-tourism stuff is always fun and entertaining, and he somehow manages to hook up with a good bunch of cranks and nutsos to track the story's ramifications to the present vividly. This probably works best in Confederates in the Attic, where he's tracking the resonances of the...
  • Gina
    An entertaining survey of the European explorers of the Americas between Christopher Colombus and Plymouth Plantation. Entertainingly written, generally horrific in the details. This book would scare the pants off people worried about religions and cultures that foster violence and religious war. The Christian Europeans were generally unspeakably, unforgivably terrible. In league with anything I've read about ISIS, Nazis, Mongols, Japanese. Anyon...
  • Judy
    In a trip to Massachusetts, Tony Horwitz visited Plymouth Rock and realized that there was a huge gap in his understanding of American history--the period between Columbus's 1492 voyage to the New World and the founding of Jamestown in 1607. In an effort to fill in this period, he began studying early Viking, French, and Spanish exploration and colonization efforts in North America and visiting many of the actual locations involved. The result is...
  • Alex
    Nicely done. Horwitz isn't for everyone; he likes to combine pop history with his own travelogues, which turns some people off. But he's easy to read, and (from what I can gather) he gets his facts straight. For folks like me who need an easy introduction to one phase of history or another, he's pretty useful.
  • Faithy Kingston
    This was a really interesting book both historically and as a look at culture from 1400-1700 in America and abroad. I realised I am so clueless when it comes to the founding of our nation. The author handled this topic in a nice way, without romanticsing the facts and yet still keeping a human appeal. Dragged towards the end,but very enjoyable.
  • Chris
    While a tourist at Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realized that, for him, the years between Columbus' landing in 1492 and the Pilgrim's Mayflower voyage in 1620 were a complete void. He decides to embark on a journey back in time, exploring sites in the Americas pertinent to European colonization before 1620. In his travels, he explores the Dominican Republic, where Columbus landed in 1492, retraces the path of Hernando de Soto through what is now t...
  • Jarrod
    This book has some bright spots, but is terribly difficult to get through in others. He's rambling about local joints and what he's doing and absurd conversations when I want to know about the dealings of Columbus, Coronado, De Soto, Cortez and others. Oh, and leave your bullshit liberal tendencies at home or wherever it is that dumbasses follow that drivel of thought. I almost quit the book at "Gluttony and guilt: constant bedfellows in the Bibl...
  • Rhonda
    As others have mentioned in their reviews, Horwitz cannot decide whether he is writing a travel book or a history book. He does, however, explain exactly how he came to write the book and the real wonder is that the rest of us haven't done the same thing. While I didn't find any of the history truly eye-opening, it was sometimes more than interesting. Although, I disagreed with his absolute conclusions, one should ask oneself how, in any given hi...
  • Michael VanZandt
    I came to this book full of expectations and intrigue, after Horwitz's phenomenal pop-historical jaunt through the weirdness of neo-Confederate headlines and Dixie locales in "Confederates in the Attic." The subject of public memory, as its predecessor, is also a topic near and dear to my heart. Reared on James Louwen's "Lies My Teacher Told Me", I was ready to embark full-hearted on a cross-country romp through the misstated facts of American ci...
  • Joshua
    Wildly swinging reviews--the one star of Philip Roth's The Humbling to the five star treatment for Tony Horwitz's A Voyage Long and Strange. I don't give very many ones or fives so this is kind of odd going back to back with these two.I'd read Horwitz's Confederates In the Attic years and years ago and really loved it (all about Civil War re-enactors and their ilk) but hadn't seen any new books by him. What a mistake by me to not see what else he...
  • Liz
    Tony Horwitz tells the story of the settling of North America with an eye trained on the oddities that make the ancient and current crop of Americans hilarious when viewed with a jaundiced eye. In a fit of pique, he refuses to start his story with the Pilgrims, instead following the adventures of the Vikings, the Spanish, the French and others who crossed the sea or traversed the southwestern desert and the Florida peninsula in search of gold. (T...
  • Foster
    I picked up this book on the recommendation of the wonderful folks at Distant Lands travel store in Pasadena, and it was amazing. I was intrigued by the book's premise: the author, bemused by the omission of a century and a half of history from his middle school education, sought to fill in the gap from Columbus' arrival in 1492 to the establishment of the Plymouth colony.Horowitz unearths a trove of incredible stories, which have been forgotten,...
  • Rena
    During the last few months I heard several NPR stories on Tony Horwitz and his newest book, "A Voyage Long and Strange." I decided that I must read the book and splurged on the hardback version at a small bookstore in Alpine, Texas called Front Street Books. The kindly woman working the counter suggested I also buy his "Blue Latitudes," which I did, and "Confederates in the Attic," which I did not... yet. I devoured "A Voyage Long and Strange" as...
  • Talia Carner
    A Haunting Journey into the PastTony Horwitz's "A Voyage Long and Strange" is a wonderfully told mix of historical facts and myths revisited by a modern-day adventurer. As he explores the roots of America's discovery and colonization, he does so with engaging prose and lively descriptions that bring to life not only the many forgotten chapters of America's history, but also its today's physical landscape. Challenged by his quest to reshape the hi...
  • Jennifer
    One of the many aspects of Horowitz’s scholarship and basic inquisitive nature that I admire is his hands-on determination to investigate “common knowledge,” find out how much of it is “true,” and set his investigations within not only a realistic and good-humored account of documented history, but also a real-time narrative of his adventures concerning the folks he meets along his investigative way. Given how grounded he is, he is at h...
  • Ken
    After I read Tony Horwitz' previous book, Blue Latitudes, I loved it so much I read every Horwitz book I could get my hands on. Now, "A Voyage Long and Strange" is here, and it's one of his strongest books yet.Horwitz is an author who writes in what I think of as a subgenre, the travel narrative combined with researched background information. (Bill Bryson is another author famous for this kind of writing). Here, Horwitz travels to locations in C...
  • James Mitchell
    My wife picked this up as a quick read at an airport and tossed it at me when she got back saying "You might like this". A year later I finally pick it up looking for something lighter than the theoretical tome I just finished and boy, did I like it. This is one of my favorite styles of writing: historical facts blended with personal anecdotes and adventures. While he relates the various renditions on "who discovered America", he travels to those...
  • Katherine
    I think it is the best history that I have EVER read. Horwitz traces the American explorers and settlers from the Vikings to the Puritans, with the intent of teaching the history other than "Columbus came in 1492 and then the Pilgrims landed on the rock in the 1620's". The book is exceptionally written, and a very enjoyable read. I learned quite a bit while reading. For example, did you know a group of French Huguenots (Protestants) settled near ...
  • Laurel
    Educational, well-researched and documented, but also FUN - makes you want to read out loud and share with whoever's in the room at the time! Discovering that, even with his college degree in history, he really had very little knowledge about America's early years...Horwitz not only delves into the archives, he actually follows the routes of early explorers, and talks to current inhabitants of the places along those routes. He is a delightful wri...