Book Review-‘A Man for All Oceans: Captain Joshua Slocum and the first solo voyage around the world’ by S. Grayson

By Frank Scott , published March 2021

Abstract

Like many a schoolboy who was mad about sailing, I devoured Joshua Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World. Over half a century later this book has come along to show how cleverly he constructed his own legend, and how much of the man himself has remained an enigma. Stan Grayson is a fellow sailor, and one who has researched Slocum for years, going behind the legend and carefully establishing the facts. In doing so Grayson recognizes that ‘There were good reason why he concocted, rearranged, or even lied about key events, but the result is that the serious biographer must tread carefully in the effort to gain insight into Slocum’s motives, feelings and actions…

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