Sea of Glory

Sea of Glory

America’s Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

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  • ISBN 9781440649103
  • 480 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


“A treasure of a book.” — David McCullough

A New York Times Notable Book

America’s first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen–the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution. Combining spellbinding human drama and meticulous research, Philbrick reconstructs the dark saga of the voyage to show why, instead of being celebrated and revered as that of Lewis and Clark, it has–until now–been relegated to a footnote in the national memory.

Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sea of Glory

Sea of Glory

Written by: Nathaniel Philbrick


Boston Globe Best Book of the Year – winner
LA Times Best Book of the Year – winner
New York Times Notable Book – winner
Theodore Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize – winner


“Fascinating and meticulous… A wonderful retelling.”(The New York Times Book Review)

“A breathtaking account of one of history’s greatest adventures.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“A worthy successor to In the Heart of the Sea.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“Sea of Glory is a grand saga of scientific and nautical accomplishment.” (Newsweek)

Table of Contents

Preface: Young Ambition
  1. The Great South Sea
  2. The Deplorable Expedition
  3. Most Glorious Hopes
  4. At Sea
  5. The Turning Point
  6. Commodore of the Pacific
  7. Antarctica
  8. A New Continent
  9. The Cannibal Isles
  10. Massacre at Malolo
  11. Mauna Loa
  12. The Wreck of the Peacock
  13. Homeward Bound
  14. Reckoning
  15. This Thing Called Science
  16. Legacy

Selected Bibliography