Title: Sailors in the Holy Land, The 1848 American ...
Publisher: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 1st Printing, Signed by Author
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Fine paper over board hardback, gilt lettering, NF DJ. Cover with minimal shelf wear. DJ has little wear, taped to inside covers. Author signed title page, inked dedication on facing page. End papers and pp look unused. 8vo, 312 pp with illustrations, appendecies, notes, biblio and index. ISBN# 1591144132. Bookseller Inventory # 8183
Synopsis: The Lynch Expedition was the first and last U.S. Navy expedition into the storied waters of the Dead Sea. The explorers were all volunteers who had taken an oath of abstinence from alcohol and they traveled in boats made of copper and zinc to make them durable enough for the rapids of the Jordan River and be able to withstand the corrosive effects of the Dead Sea. This is an account with interesting aspects involving science vs. religion, the turmoil in revolutionary Europe, the transition from sail to steam, the legends and truths about Sodom and Gomorrah, and a cholera epidemic. Lynch himself was a fascinating character - naval officer, devout Christian, cuckolded husband, opponent of slavery, and, ultimately, a Confederate admiral. All in all, an absorbing tale that will appeal to a variety of audiences.
About the Author: Andrew Jampoler is a retired naval aviator and former commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 19 and of Naval Air Station Moffett Field. Since retirement from the Navy, he has worked in the aerospace industry and has written for Proceedings magazine and for Naval Institute Press.
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