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post #41 of 541 Old 08-30-2006
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If you're interested in Great Lakes history, geography, sailing, etc. then Jerry Dennis' "The Living Great Lakes" is a must read.
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I forgot one of my favorite books of all time:

"Endurance" by Earnest Shackleton. I'm not sure which version I read long ago as I see many iterations out there. However, this is one of the greatest adventure/survival stories ever told, and true.

In my search for the actual name of it, I came across a movie by the same name starring Liam Nissan (sp?). I'll be ordering that muy pronto.
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If you dont mind fiction about sailing catamarans and adventure, anything by Paul Garrison is pretty good.
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One of my favorites: "Unlikely Passages" by Reese Palley. A funny look at sailing and how cruisers can free themselves of the burdens of life on land.
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The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers, also a good movie (1980's I think) with the same name. Sailing, coastal navigation and a spy novel.
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Promise not to laugh? “Sailing for Dummies.” This appears to be a thorough book for beginners.

....and it's got a lot of pitchers.
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Lots of good suggestions here, as usual. But what about good, non-historical sailing fiction?

Bernard Cornwall, author of the semi historical Sharpe series also penned a number of novels based on contemporary times involving sea and sailing based story lines.

Claire Francis, herself a seasoned offshore sailor, has written some novels which have very well written sailing "scenes".

Ferenc Mate, the respected author of various books such as "From a Bare Hull","Best Boats to Build or Buy", "World's best Sailboats" etc. (All are enjoyable - the latter for its drool factor, the others for DIYers) has branched out into fiction.
Currently I am enjoying his first novel, "Ghost Sea". A story set in the waters of British Columbia in the early 20th century. It's a good seafaring yarn with interesting side stories and some Canadian aboriginal history and culture thrown in.
Especially enjoyable if you are familiar with the waters and passages in the story!

Another excellent read but probably out of print is "Voyage" by Stirling Hayden (yes, the actor). A great story about the last steel hulled Clipper ship put into service before steam took over. He also wrote a autobiographical book "Wanderer" based on his life and sailing his yacht of the same name.

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Smile Masters of their Trade

If you want a riveting read do not overlook anything by Bernard Moitessier or Alan Villiers, the latter of whom is one of the greatest writers on nautical matters that I have ever read. He understood the sea and the men who plied their trade upon it.
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Kontiki by Thor Heyerdahl is good. The movie taken during the voyage was also good
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Well if we want to enter the arena of fiction, I love Clive Cussler novels. Although actual sailing is only sometimes involved, all the books revolve around sea stories. Cussler has an uncanny ability to meld historical fact and fiction into a remarkable story. Funny, fun, always involves the sea as his hero (alter ego?), Dirk Pitt is the Special Projects Manager for NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency). It's pretty cool that Cussler uses book money to support the "real" NUMA which is a non profit organization specializing in finding and recovering historical sunken wrecks.
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