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Sailors in the Holy Land, The 1848 American Expedition to the Dead Sea and the Search for Sodom and Gomorrah

Jampoler, Andrew C. A.

Published by Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 1st Printing, Signed by Author, 2005
ISBN 10: 1591144132 / ISBN 13: 9781591144137
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Title: Sailors in the Holy Land, The 1848 American ...

Publisher: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 1st Printing, Signed by Author

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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

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Following the success of his first book about a U.S. Navy flight crew's desperate battle to survive a 1978 ditching in the icy north Pacific, Andrew Jampoler has turned to an equally exciting Navy adventure set in the desert of Ottoman Syria more than one hundred fifty years ago. Ordered to fix the exact elevation of the Dead Sea and to collect scientific specimens, the expedition was the Navy's first and last to the storied salt lake of the Old Testament. The expedition's leader, Lt. William Lynch, was at once a coolly scientific and a devoutly religious man who hoped to find the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah and sustain the Book of Genesis account of the cities' destruction. Drawing on his extensive research in Turkey, Jordan, and Israel, the author presents not only first-time details of the expedition but also sets the expedition into a colorful context of biblical story and of the great events of the mid-nineteenth century that included global epidemic disease, political revolution in Europe, the collapse of Ottoman imperial rule, and the secularization of America. He also offers a taste of Navy life at sea during a decade when sail began to give way to steam.


Readers join Lynch and his men as they launch two small boats on the Sea of Galilee at Tiberias to run the Jordan rapids and then plumb the depths of the Dead Sea while members of the shore party and their Arab escorts follow along on camels and horseback. Officers and sailors alike believed that every previous expedition had been stricken by killing disease or assaulted by murderous desert tribes, but specially selected volunteers were prepared to suffer on a mission as much about religion as science. A sea story of unusual dimensions, their adventure has secured a permanent place in history thanks to Jampoler's skillful recounting of events large and small.

About the Author: Andrew C. A. Jampoler spent nearly twenty-five years as an active duty naval aviator including a year on the ground in Vietnam, command of a squadron and a naval air station, and service on several high level staffs. He is the author of six other Naval Institute Press books, beginning with Adak in 2003 and most recently Congo.

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