Books by Stephen R. Bown

Stephen R. Bown was born in Ottawa and studied history at the University of Alberta. He has long been interested in the history of exploration and the Age of Sail. A former multimedia products producer and freelance writer, Bown had contributed to magazin

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster…and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
That Vitus Bering (1681-1741) sailed into the Bering Strait is no secret, but few outside Russia know how he did it. Read full book review >
WHITE ESKIMO by Stephen R. Bown
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A vivacious study that will surely revive interest in the writings of this towering explorer and ethnographer."
Canadian author Bown (The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen, 2012, etc.) fashions a thorough, insightful biography of the fearless explorer and noted writer Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A superb biography of a fiercely driven explorer who traveled across the last inaccessible areas on earth before technical advances made the journey much easier."
Bown (1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half, 2012, etc.) delivers an intensely researched, thoroughly enjoyable life of one of history's best explorers. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A well-delineated, exciting history of a particularly contentious period of international trade, which persisted for centuries until Spain and Portugal grew too weak to resist and did not disappear until nations decided that oceans should be open to all."
Spanish-Portuguese quarrels, the voyages of discovery and an obscure 1494 treaty led to centuries of worldwide conflict, events all rousingly recounted here by Canada-based historian Bown (Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"An absorbing tale of unfettered commerce."
A vivid popular history of the great commercial monopolies that helped shape the modern world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Plodding early on, but Bown effectively revisits the geopolitical intrigues that accrued around a now forgotten commodity."
How the chemistry of nitrogen-based compounds, crucial to the making of both explosives and fertilizer, has altered the course of history. Read full book review >
Released: March 17, 2004

"Splendid popular history. (Illustrated throughout)"
A spirited, stimulating account of how the cure for the feared disease was found, lost, and found again. Read full book review >