Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum is the story of Mr. Slocum’s solo sail around the world in his hand-built wooden ship in the late 1800’s. The book is written by Slocum and is a brilliant account of his nearly 3 year ordeal. Throughout the adventure he has run-ins with pirates, tribal people, cultures from around the world, military battleships and modern “steamers” that motor on by as he relies solely on the power of the wind to get him from point A to point B. He fights through stormy seas and patiently waits through weeks of calm nothingness.
He conveys a strong empathy for people of other lands, including indigenous people. He has an unwavering confidence in his own skill and craftsmanship. I can’t imagine how frightening it must have been to venture alone around the world without things like beacons and satellite phones to keep you connected should things go incredibly wrong. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys adventure. I also learned a ton about sailing history in general through reading the copious footnotes and glossary.