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The Discovery of Jeanne Baret

A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

By Glynis Ridley

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
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  • Published in USA  Dec 2010,
    304 pages.

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  • Susan S. (Middlebury, Connecticut)


    The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
    This was a well researched and well presented account of the events surrounding the controversial life of Jeanne Baret. It is unfortunate that there are few sources of information regarding her life, making this book more of an account of the life of her "mentor" Commerson and his exploits, with snippets of information relating to Baret making an appearance at intervals. The account read well though, the story of the circumnavigation and botanical exploits are very interesting, but left this reader hungry for more of Jeanne Baret. She must have been a remarkable woman.
  • Madeline M. (Sarasota, FL)


    The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
    I thought this sounded like a fascinating story about an amazing woman. And it is, except I felt it got a little lost in too much background and too much exposition. I also felt sort of like I was being lectured at. But I want to stress that I don't read a lot of nonfiction so others might enjoy this more than I did.
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