Scholarly source material in palatable form for young people is a rare achievement and this book is just that. It is the story of Vasco da Gama's two voyages to India, selected from firsthand reports, logs, and diaries, and arranged and explained coherently. In an introductory chapter the author gives a brief summary of the voyage and its precursors, outlines the economic, nationalistic, and religious reasons for Portuguese exploration, and describes the ships and the instruments that da Gama used. The main text consists primarily of original writings, the quoted sections set in easy-to-read large type. Brief narrative connects the sailors' impressions and descriptions of the life on a shipboard and that observed in other lands. Appended to the text are a full bibliography, a chronology of events from 1415 - 1509, and a glossary of 27 persons who are important to the story.