By Jason Roberts
He used to be recognized easily because the Blind visitor -- a solitary, sightless adventurer who, astonishingly, fought the slave exchange in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, and helped chart the Australian outback. James Holman (1786-1857) grew to become "one of the best wonders of the realm he so sagaciously explored," winning not just over blindness yet crippling soreness, poverty, and the interference of well-meaning professionals (his maximum feat, a circumnavigation of the globe, needed to be introduced in secret). as soon as a celeb, a bestselling writer, and an suggestion to Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the charismatic, witty Holman outlived his reputation, demise in an obscurity that has continued -- till now.
A feel of the World is a spellbinding and relocating rediscovery of 1 of history's so much epic lives. Drawing on meticulous learn, Jason Roberts ushers us into the Blind Traveler's uniquely vibrant sensory realm, then sweeps us away on a unprecedented trip around the identified global through the Age of Exploration. wealthy with suspense, humor, overseas intrigue, and unforgettable characters, it is a tale to evoke our personal senses of awe and beauty.
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A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts