a sailor’s story
Narrative-Driven Historical Fiction |
Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet
Dearest Minnie is a strong narrative-driven historical fiction which brings to light a typical sailor’s life on the USS Virginia during Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet cruise of sixteen battleships around the world in 1907-1909.
Travel with Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet through the eyes of an enlisted sailor, during 1907-1909. A wonderfully accurate portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt’s sixteen battleships good will tour that is seldom told in depth in history books. Extrapolated from over 200 actual postcards sent home to “Dearest Minnie” this book is an engaging narrative as seen through the eyes of a sailor on the USS Virginia.
This documented event is only a couple of paragraphs in most history books. Learn, through the eyes of an enlisted sailor about the battleships, the reason for the cruise, the political climate, the animals aboard, the entertainment at each port and aboard ship, and the unexpected mishaps. This book includes over 200 colored postcards printed during the cruise. A wonderful book for any age — you need only have a love of history and a desire to learn something new.
My book, Dearest Minnie, began when I was ten years old though I didn’t know it at the time. I received a large box containing three albums filled with postcards from around the world from an estate of someone I had never met. I spent hours studying the pictures on the cards. As an adult my fascination grew. I took the postcards out of their disintegrating albums to discover they had been sent to my grandfather’s cousin, Minnie Camp from the USS Virginia during the Great White Fleet cruise around the world. Thus began my research and passion for this period of history.
Book Title: Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story
Subtitle: Travel with Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet in this historical narrative (includes in 200+ postcards)
By: Leslie Compton
Published by: First Steps Publishing, Oregon
Available for Sale at: Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Amazon and other booksellers.
Retail Price for Print: $TBD
Retail Price for eBook: $6.99
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-937333-39-3
Hardback ISBN: 978-1-937333-31-7
eBook (epub) ISBN: TBD
eBook (mobi/KINDLE) ISBN: TBD