Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His TimeLongitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting look at the problems of navigation regarding finding longitude in the mid-late 1700s. I learned quite a bit from this book, mostly that I knew very little about navigation in the era of Colonial America. In that respect, this was eye-opening stuff.

Written neither as dry facts nor fascinating story, it’s falls somewhere in the middle of those. A useful read for anyone who is writing Colonial American fiction and needs to understand what ships faced as far as navigation in that time period. I had no idea so much of it was left up to dumb luck!

The underlying human story is about John Harrison and his life’s work to find the means to accurately chart longitude as well as to establish credit for his accomplishments in an era that would rather depend on the stars than a mechanical device. Worth reading, but in truth it could have been condensed into a shorter book, it drags in places.

Published by Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens; keep a few barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg is published in the Barbour historical romance collections. Pegg also works as Publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. Pegg won the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love Award for 2019, was a finalist for the 2019 ACFW Editor of the Year, and a double finalist for the 2019 ACFW Carol Awards.

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