Sex­tant: A Voy­age Guided by the Stars and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans

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by David Bar­rie, HarperCollins, $39.99

Bri­tish diplo­mat David Bar­rie brings a life­time in­ter­est in sail­ing to this pop­u­lar his­tory of the sex­tant. With rip­ping yarns from Cap­tain Bligh, Ernest Shack­le­ton, Cap­tain Cook, and Bar­rie’s own story of sail­ing across the At­lantic as a teenager.

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