Its always a treat to showcase Peters work; his last piece for us, on rambling through the French West Indies, appeared in the August 2002 charter issue. If there are more versatile writers working today, Im certainly not aware of them. In North Star, a fast-paced story that also weaves history with social commentary, he displays a deft hand with fiction. But his first book, Sea Change (Viking, 1997)--a first-person account centered around a solo transatlantic passage on a leaky wood boat--was an equally engaging memoir and adventure tale. And in A Voyage for Madmen (HarperCollins, 2000), a masterful retelling of the 1960s Golden Globe solo around-the-world race, he proves to be an ace at nonfiction journalism.