This book is superb! The author, the first to circumnavigate the globe vertically, admixes lore, history, geography, meteorology, and ocean characteristics with his retelling of the voyages of mariners who have rounded Cape Horn…..many of them having done so while circumnavigating the globe. I finished this tome with a greater understanding of what it must be like to sail in extreme conditions, the importance of redundant systems on a sailing vessel, innovation, and the need and ability to do repairs at sea, as well as a profound respect for the courageous women and men who accomplished the rounding. I’m not sure that I’d wish to round Cape Horn single- handling my vessel. A cruise through the Strait of Magellan might be on my bucket list though!