For the Wall Street Journal he named a five best list of books about fury and terror on the high seas. One title on the list:
Sailing Alone Around the WorldRead about the other books on the list.
by Joshua Slocum (1900)
Here is the best book I know about sailing, not to mention danger, solitude, fear and forbearance. Joshua Slocum's three-year journey undertaken in 1895 was the first solo circumnavigation of the globe, but that achievement is incidental to the thrill of this story. Slocum had been at sea for 35 years as an ordinary seaman, mate and master before embarking on his adventure. In his life, he had suffered shipwreck and mutiny and been tried for murder. Alone in the Strait of Magellan, battered for weeks, he experienced an epiphany and came to appreciate nature's blank indifference. He learned, in a way he makes his readers experience, to accept with equanimity—relish, even—freak waves, foul currents and being blown back after inching forward, only to inch forward again.
Sailing Alone Around the World is on Naval historian David Cordingly's critic's chart of ship books and among Simon Winchester's six favorite books about sailing.