A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz

A Voyage Long and Strange

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 Strang...

Details A Voyage Long and Strange

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

Reviews A Voyage Long and Strange

  • Brian
    Mr. Horwitz's past work has a wonderful knack for combining travel, history, and current culture into a satisfying blend that leaves the reader interested and informed. "A Voyage Long and Strange" is not as good as his past efforts, but it is a delightful and informative read none the less.I guess my education was not as bad as the ones lamented by Horwitz in this text because I had a passing familiarity with most of the explorers, conquistadors,...
  • 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
    A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World gets 4 Stars, not for being enjoyable but for being a good read. Horwitz is on a mission to destroy founding myths and rub your nose in the sometimes cruel facts. He succeeds. The focus of the book is from Columbus to the 1620 landing of the Pilgrims. Much of the book is therefore about the Spanish, some French, a couple Portuguese and then the English at the end of the story. When someone be...
  • 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... .
  • 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...
  • Rosanne
    This was a long voyage alright. Took me well over a year, if I am being honest. This would have made a great serial in a magazine, one chapter published each month or quarter. That’s just how I read it - one chapter at a time, pausing (sometimes for months) to pick up other things. But it was a worthy read and I was reminded (in much greater detail than I probably ever knew) of pre-Pilgrim American discovery. Perhaps Horowitz assumed we as read...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Susan
    March pick for non-fiction! This was supposed to be a break from military history and war leaders that I’ve been picking up to read. And… it was. At one level. At another it was probably entirely infinitely more fucking depressing than the exploits of the Mongols and Crusaders.This was good and very educating, because the author set out to educate himself on the exact same period of history I’ve been looking to learn more about too – that...
  • Grace
    Combination of early American history, focusing much more on the Spanish, French, and Norse than the English, and a travelogue of the modern day places they each explored. Interesting to see how people related to the history as well the myths associated with the early European explorers in different areas of the country.
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  • Astrid
    Wow. I certainly learned a lot and have not much illusions left about human beings in general. And still, this has been a very delightful read. I adore authors, who are able to bring across facts and make it fun to read them. This was my first book by Tony Horwitz but definitely not my last.
  • Toni Kief
    I was working on research and stumbled across this book at the used book store. I mostly read the chapter about the Pilgrims and their voyage, but he followed with people he met in Plymouth. I was there in May, and I was enchanted with that part. He covered many of the voyages of discovery, Vikings. I will keep this book in my library and Half Priced Books will not see it return.
  • 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...
  • Marguerite
    A look at the explorations of North America before the Pilgrims landed. Tony Horwitz knows how to have fun with history. I enjoyed Confederates in the Attic, and this book as well. The history seems well-researched. The two chapters about which I know something, Roanoke Island and Jamestown, were spot-on. No controversies were dodged; no dirty bits sanitized. Horwitz is an engaging writer. The book moves along despite the span of time and geograp...