Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives [NOOK Book]

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Fifty-five degrees 59 minutes South by 67 degrees 16 minutes West: Cape Horn—a buttressed pyramid of crumbly rock situated at the very bottom of South America—is a place of forlorn and foreboding beau
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Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives

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Overview

Fifty-five degrees 59 minutes South by 67 degrees 16 minutes West: Cape Horn—a buttressed pyramid of crumbly rock situated at the very bottom of South America—is a place of forlorn and foreboding beau
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786738731
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 695,445
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Dallas Murphy is a novelist, playwright, and marine journalist. His plays have been produced Off Broadway, and his series of three novels featuring the reluctant sleuth Artie Deemer have been critically acclaimed. His most recent book, an account of Cape Horn, Rounding the Horn, was published in 2004 by Basic Books. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    This is a true history of sailing Cape Horn.

    Rounding the Horn
    The bulk of Rounding the Horn is simply the history of the exploration of Cape Horn. Murphy maps the first attempts to cross the continent by land and then focuses on the revolutionary men, such as Magellan and Drake, who first dared to think that the world could be circumnavigated. Of course, no trip was not without its danger, as well. Scurvy, mutiny, and the worst weather conditions on the planet were just a few of the highlights these captains and their crew could look forward to. Reflecting from the modern day, Murphy also tells the bits of exploration history that typically are left out of text books - the feuds, piracy, murders, and destruction that often accompanied these daring trips. Rounding the Horn also devotes several chapters to the trips that were not heroic, but silly - such as the 1905 attempted rounding by the British Isles, which took seventy-one days to make the trip and lost a good portion of its crew doing so. The heroism of these truly historic and the truly pitiable creates an accurate picture of the dangers of the rounding.

    The major message of Rounding the Horn is how incredibly dangerous and how needed it was for the world. Murphy writes about the major people, and their own influence on the globe today, and how they rounded it. He writes about Magellan, the first person to round the horn, and the first person to circumnavigate the world. Murphy also writes of his personal experience of Rounding the Horn.

    LIKES-I enjoyed how Murphy integrated his own experience with the historical voyages around Cape Horn. I liked how he expected us, the readers, to know some sea terms. This is a well-researched history book of Cape Horn. Dislikes- The title. I did not like how he had random bits of his own experience tossed in the history of others. I did not like how he wrote about Chile and Argentina It seemed to me that he was mocking them, which I understand, but it doesn't belong in a sailing book.
    You should defiantly read this book for many reasons: If you are interested in the history of Cape Horn, Sailing, the history of sailing Cape Horn, or general history of exploration. Do NOT read this is you just don't care. This is a hard core, genuine, sailing book. You need to have some interest otherwise this is a very dry and boring book. I don't know any of his other books, I have nothing to compare this book to.
    I would give this book 5 out of 5. This is a seriously well written and researched book. He has a great style of writing and portrays the information well and easily for the reader to understand. This book Is written for a small, select, audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Must read for any traveler to Cape Horn!

    Dallas Murphy weaves the history and grandeur of the tip of the world with the eye of a salior and the ah for those who have plied those waters before him. Thanks for the adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Wow!

    Cape Horn has always been a mystery to me. Not anymore. Murphy tells you about it with a sense of exciting history. You're there. Really loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    Excellent Read!!!!!!!

    A great account of the many trials of sailors who rounded the horn. A nice mix of the history as well as the science behind the brutal conditions characteristic of the horn. The only complaint that I had was the author's mention of him using hallucinogens and obtaining marijuana from people in South America. Not what I want to hear from someone who is writing a scientific/historical account that is supposed to be accurate and professional. Otherwise this is a superb book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    Wonderful Adventure

    Mr. Murphy has the technique of weaving history with his own adventure. Book has good character developement, historical referencing and story is told with a seamans sense of humor. Book is for all types of readers - not just the seaworthy.

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