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3.0 out of 5 stars
revelatory, 7 Sept. 2013
The mass of facts could have been presented more chronologically and there should have been more skilful editing so that the huge achievements of these small bands of Russians would have been blazoned forth rather than revealed in fits and starts. Despite all of these negatives it was a book well worth the effort and opens up a field of interest to those who would wish to know more about discoveries in the eastern Pacific. The huge reach of the Royal navy even after the American war of Independence features as do the trade of Boston merchants round Cape Horn and to Japan and China in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
A rewarding read.