How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Featuring: James Holman
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Non-Fiction Biography | Historical
He was known simply as the Blind Traveler -- a solitary,
sightless adventurer who, astonishingly, fought the slave
trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia,
hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, and helped chart the
Australian outback. James Holman (1786-1857) became "one of
the greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously
explored," triumphing not only over blindness but crippling
pain, poverty, and the interference of well-meaning
authorities (his greatest feat, a circumnavigation of the
globe, had to be launched in secret). Once a celebrity, a
bestselling author, and an inspiration to Charles Darwin and
Sir Richard Francis Burton, the charismatic, witty Holman
outlived his fame, dying in an obscurity that has endured --
A Sense of the World is a spellbinding and moving
rediscovery of one of history's most epic lives. Drawing on
meticulous research, Jason Roberts ushers us into the Blind
Traveler's uniquely vivid sensory realm, then sweeps us away
on an extraordinary journey across the known world during
the Age of Exploration. Rich with suspense, humor,
international intrigue, and unforgettable characters, this
is a story to awaken our own senses of awe and wonder.
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