Catalog: John Ledyard

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The Life of John Ledyard: The American Traveler
Comprising Selections from his Journals and Correspondence
by Jared Sparks

Trade paperback, 248 pages
ISBN 978-0-9758699-5-6


In the 177 years since it was first published, Jared Sparks' biography of John Ledyard remains the best source on the
 life of the explorer who has come to be referred to as "America's Marco Polo." The book was the culmination of ten
years of effort and travel on the part of Sparks and it set a precedent in historical  research.  Sparks would go on to be
a Harvard professor, serve as that college's president, and write and edit many other  works on great Americans. 
Today he is included in any "Who's Who" volume of American history.

This re-publication of Sparks' book contains an introduction by noted Ledyard scholar James Zug.  Roselyn Tantraphol,
a reporter at The Hartford Courant, genially worked an article she had written for that paper in 2003 into a Foreword. 
An Afterword by David Anderson, a Russian scholar and life-long Ledyard admirer-cum-expert provides new insights
into Ledyard's arrest in Russia.




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