By Brian Fagan
In Beyond the Blue Horizon, archaeologist and historian Brian Fagan tackles his richest subject but: the iconic quest to grasp the oceans, the planet's such a lot mysterious terrain. we all know the stories of Columbus and Captain prepare dinner, but a lot past mariners made both daring and world-changing voyages. From the instant whilst historic Polynesians first dared to sail past the horizon, Fagan vividly explains how our mastery of the oceans replaced the process human background.
What drove people to danger their lives on open water? How did early sailors free up the secrets and techniques of winds, tides, and the celebrities they prompt through? What have been the earliest ocean crossings like? With compelling element, Fagan finds how seafaring advanced in order that the forbidding geographical regions of the ocean gods have been remodeled from boundaries right into a nexus of trade and cultural trade. From bamboo rafts within the Java Sea to triremes within the Aegean, from Norse longboats to sealskin kayaks in Alaska, Fagan crafts an enthralling narrative of humanity's urge to problem the unknown and search out far away shorelines. Beyond the Blue Horizon will enthrall readers who loved Dava Sobel's Longitude, Simon Winchester's Atlantic, and Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel.
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