Epic in scope, spellbinding in every detail, Sir Joshua Slocum's famous account of his solo journey around the world--the first ever made--has already inspired a generation of readers. Born in Nova Scotia in 1844, Joshua Slocum was a seafarer from an early age, and by age 25 had already become a successful commander. But, after personal and professional catastrophe struck, he rebuilt a shipwreck with his own hands, turning it into an ocean-going vessel, and sailed out of Boston at age 52...alone. Three years later he returned, and what had occurred during that time is, by turns, magical, thrilling, terrifying, and exhilarating. ..."a literate and absorbing yarn....His story is a convincing tale of the intelligence, skill, and fortitude that drove a master navigator."--The New York Times. "A classic book....Slocum's writing is as elegant as his thirty-seven-foot sloop, Spray..."--The New Yorker.