What are you reading in March (2008)?
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I enjoyed the book quite a bit. Since you read "American Traveler" you probably know that there isn't a great deal of Ledyard's writings that survived. The author of this book works around that pretty well, and adds to the narrative by his own experiences. For example, he took a working cruise on a replica ship to the one that Ledyard sailed in with Cook, making note of his observations. In a similar way he took a train through the Russian far east, to visit the area where Ledyard almost got to the coast, but from which he was arrested by Katharine of the North.
Now that I've had a couple of weeks to let it settle, I think I'd be interested in reading another book. And as fate would have it, I just looked and my library has "American Traveller" so that I don't have to even wait for ILL. Thanks.
Next up is new biography of TR's daughter, Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy A. Cordery
Also Kaperbloed en koopmansgeest, a book about 'legal' searobberry by Joke E. Korteweg, a Dutch maritime historian. And to my great joy I found that Jules Verne wrote a novel about this subject, called L'archipel en feu, of which I purchased a nice secondhand Dutch translation(Een archipel in brand) for only €4. Makes one think about the antiquarians as the great benefactors of mankind! This story revolves in the Aegaean during the time of the Greek struggle for independence (1821), I am going to meet Bouboulina and her kind!
If you know books (non-fiction and fiction) about piracy, specifically in the Eastern Mediterranean in the middle ages, early modern and napoleontic times, please let me know.