Tony Horwitz writes my favorite kind of books—history masked as travelogue. His style is so approachable and entertaining, it’s like you’re sitting down to dinner with your favorite uncle as he spins stories that are all the more fascinating because they are true.
In Voyage, Horwitz examines the myth and history of America’s discovery up through the founding of Jamestown. From Plymouth Rock to Florida’s Fountain of Youth, Horwitz fills in American history with tales of Vikings and conquistadors long forgotten from my grade school social studies lessons. Woven into the history lessons are the author’s diverting observations and interactions with locals at each historical marker, as he travels throughout the Eastern United States in search of pre-Pilgrim America.