Hardcover ☆ Bitter Waters Kindle Ú

Hardcover ☆ Bitter Waters Kindle Ú

Bitter Waters [Reading] ➽ Bitter Waters ➳ David Haward Bain – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk To lead the expedition the navy tabbed William Francis Lynch an officer eager to enter the esteemed yet dangerous field of Victorian exploration Like many of his successful contemporaries Lynch was we To lead the expedition the navy tabbed William Francis Lynch an officer eager to enter the esteemed yet dangerous field of Victorian exploration Like many of his successful contemporaries Lynch was well read and possessed an independent nature but in a man who also preferred organization to chaos and with a character that tended toward the obsessive The expedition would force a juxtaposition of the ancient world with the modern as the world’s newest power attempted an exhaustive scientific study of the waters of the cradle of civilization Beyond its fascinating topic Bitter Waters is full of broad allusions from the period that demonstrate Bain’s deep understanding of America and serve to make the work appealing for general scholars and lay readers Heroically engaging unfamiliar terrain hostile Bedouins and ancient mysteries Lynch and his party epitomize their nation’s spirit of Manifest Destiny in the days before the Civil War.


9 thoughts on “Bitter Waters

  1. William William says:

    A most interesting and well researched historical account of an expedition I had never heard of The author does a great job of setting the expedition within the bigger picture of what the US was doing at that time and the lives of the key players He also describes uite vividly the trials and tribulations of a most physically and mentally exhausting trip There are some improvements that could be made for a future edition First the depictions of maps produced by the expedition are hard to read so perhaps larger ones or a modern redrawing of same would help Second adding a modern style simpler and easier to read map is needed This should trace the entire route taken and identify all of the places mentioned in the narrative I had a hard time trying to use the pictures of the expedition maps to locate where the group was at any particular time; especially as the narrative seemed to backtrack Finally in places where the author makes biblical references it would be most helpful if he uoted the applicable Scripture verses as some of the connections between geography and people are not apparent Using materials I gathered on my own trip to Israel made up for some of the deficiencies mentioned Finally I have to mention that the book’s description of where Jesus cast the demons into the pigs somewhere along the Jordan River is incorrect That occurred along the shore of the Galilee within sight of Capernaum I stood there with Maranatha Tours in 2013 reading the applicable Scripture verses and matching that to the terrain plainly seen Despite my criticisms I do recommend this boo for historical and biblical reasons


  2. Becca Becca says:

    This was a very interesting read about an expedition I'd never previously heard of The initial section of Naval history and the formation of the Naval academy were also fascinating to read about Unfortunately Bain apparently shares his subject's Lynch love of words and inability to wheedle down his sections As a result parts of it became tedious I also had the uncomfortable feeling that the author also shared Lynch's prejudice against the peoples of the Ottoman Empire which was disappointing Overall it was interesting and lead me to investigate a number of new topics


  3. Tony Taylor Tony Taylor says:

    A very enjoyable book and of special interest not only to those of naval history but also those who enjoy tales of exploration For those reader who are familiar with names of 19th century naval heros and prominent leaders within the naval service you will enjoy a very interesting section about Lieutenant Matthew Fontaine Maury and his rise in the service having no formal education to his becoming one of the leaders in introducing modern navigation to the Navy and in becoming the founder and superintendent of the first Naval Observatory in Washington DC He was also an advocate for the founding of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis MD But most of this book is about the efforts and adventures of a friend and contemporary of Maury one Lieutenant William Francis Lynch who explored the Dead Sea in the Holy Land How it came to pass that the United States Navy would assign a naval officer to lead a team of officers and sailors plus several civilians and Arabs to lead an expidition to the Dead Sea is one of those facts of history that has for the most part been forgotten but in the mid 19th century was an event of historical proportions And of course Lt Matthew Maury has a role in making this adventure come about and to ensure its success This book is not only a tale of adventure but also of history the kind of history about the Holy Land as it was explored 160 years ago and how it related to its history over 2000 years ago


  4. Gary Brecht Gary Brecht says:

    While essentially a retelling of the US Navy’s mission to explore the River Jordan and the Dead Sea this is also a glimpse of the formative years of the United States Naval Academy The two principal protagonists in this narrative are Matthew F Maury and Lieutenant William F Lynch Maury the first superintendent of the US Naval Observatory endorsed Lynch’s proposal to send an expedition to Palestine The purpose of the mission was two fold; 1 survey and map the River Jordan and the Dead Sea and 2 establish credibility in the scientific and exploratory expertise of the United States NavyPerhaps because of the pedestrian prose or due to a lack of drama this recounting of Lynch’s exploration fails to generate the interest found in other early US Naval missions such as Charles Wilkes’ 1838 South Seas expedition or Isaac Strain’s 1854 expedition to the Darien Strait


  5. Joseph Rizzo Joseph Rizzo says:

    The subject matter of the book was interesting and unknown to me before reading it I think at times it was a little dry and hard to get through but worth it to get know this part of American naval history It inspired me to want to read up on the Crusades since the expedition often comes across former crusader strong holds


  6. Chris Bartholomew Chris Bartholomew says:

    A good book The true story of an American Naval exploration of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea Taking place in the mid 1800's at the end of America's expansion across North America and while we as a nation were still interested in expansion across the globe This is one of those Who knew? stories for me Interesting


  7. Fredrick Danysh Fredrick Danysh says:

    In 1848 a small US Navy scientific expedition went to the Dead Sea This is the story of that trip as well as of the careers of two naval officers William Francis Lynch and Matthew Fontaine Maury An interesting read about a little known event


  8. Hubert Hubert says:

    in the ueue


  9. Charles Calvano Charles Calvano says:

    Very good discussion of a very little known scientific exploration conducted early in the US's history


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