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Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Ice Ghosts
The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paperback      ISBN: 0393355861
Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1845—whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discoveries of the wrecks in 2014 and 2016. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story and reveals how a combination of faith in Inuit knowledge and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.He tells the full story of the Franklin Expedition: Sir John Franklin and his crew setting off from England in search of the fabled Northwest Passage; the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship after getting stuck in the ice hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization; and the dozens of search expeditions over more than 160 years, which collectively have been called “the most extensive, expensive, perverse, and ill-starred . . . manhunt in history.
Beneath the Heart of the Sea: The Sinking of the Whaleship Essex
Beneath the Heart of the Sea
The Sinking of the Whaleship Essex
Paperback      ISBN: 184391560x
Discover the amazing true story behind the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the feature film Heart of the Sea A tragic yet riveting narration of life and death and man against the elements, this is an extreme account of shipwreck survival. On the morning of November 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean 2,000 miles from the coast of South America, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaleship Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of 20, including first mate Owen Chase, grabbed what little they could before piling into frail boats and taking to the open seas. So began their four-month ordeal and struggle for survival. This is a bleak story, only eight men survived having endured starvation and dehydration, giving in to cannibalism, murder, and insanity. Owen Chase recorded the extraordinary account in his autobiography, originally published in 1821.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
The River of Doubt
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
Paperback      ISBN: 0767913736
A stirring narrative of a real-life adventure chronicles the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt into the unexplored heart of the Amazon basin to explore and map the little-known region surrounding a tributary called the River of Doubt, detailing the dangerous conditions they faced--white-water rapids, starvation, illness, jungle menaces, and Indian attacks--to accomplish their goal. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
Paperback      ISBN: 0553384716
In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures. “I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold.” —Hernán Cortés It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Only one would survive the encounter. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable—and tragic—aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest. In Tenochtitlán, the famed City of Dreams, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of fifteen million people, and commander of the most powerful military machine in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged. Sometimes outnumbered in battle thousands-to-one, Cortés repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds. Buddy Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cortés and his men to survive. Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom—a complex and sophisticated civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice. It’s the story of Montezuma—proud, spiritual, enigmatic, and doomed to misunderstand the stranger he thought a god. Epic in scope, as entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is history at its most riveting. From the Hardcover edition.
Empire and Others: British Encounters With Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850
Empire and Others
British Encounters With Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850
Paperback      ISBN: 0812216997
Much has been written about the forging of a British identity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The process, unconfined to the British Isles, ran across the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean and was played out in North America and the Caribbean. The identities of Irish Catholics or Highland Scots who took part in the imperial venture abroad were subject to constant renegotiation. In the process, the indigenous peoples of North America, the Caribbean, the Cape, Australia, and New Zealand were forced to redefine their own identities. Although the encounter was far from equal, it was by no means simple or monolithic This collection explores the many complex ways in which identities were forged within Britain and among indigenous peoples through a process of collision and compromise. Contributions from Africa, Australia, and both sides of the Atlantic deal with different aspects of these encounters-for example, "Native Americans and Early Modern Concepts of Race" and "Hunting and the Politics of Masculinity in Cherokee Treaty-making, 1763-1775." Empire and Others provides a valuable study that will be of particular interest to students of Colonial American history and early modern British history. Contributors to the volume include Philip Morgan, Christopher Bayly, Andrew Porter, Hilary Beckles, and Peter Way.
The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
The Ice Balloon
S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307594807
The thrilling story of the visionary Swedish explorer S. A. Andrée, who in 1897, at the height of the heroic age of Arctic endeavor, attempted to discover the North Pole by flying over it in a hydrogen balloon. The book opens in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when nations vied for the greatest discoveries of the planet's still unknown spaces, and newspapers followed every journey. It was also an age of scientific discovery, and Alec Wilkinson shows how these two cultural trends came together in the Swedish engineer S. A. Andrée, leading him to launch perhaps the most daring assault on the North Pole ever made. Andrée's flight and the journey afterward are filled with suspense and adventure, a haunting story of high ambition and courage, made tangible with the detail, beauty, and devastating conditions of traveling and dwelling on the ice.
The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke
The Secret Token
Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385542011
Documents the events surrounding the unsolved 1587 disappearance of the Roanoke Island colony, tracing major investigations from the past four hundred years as well as the author's own findings about how the Lost Colony is tied to modern America.
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
In the Kingdom of Ice
The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385535376
A dramatic account of the ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole cites the contributions of German cartographer August Peterman, New York Herald owner James Gordon Bennett and famed naval officer George Washington De Long in the team's efforts to survive brutal environmental conditions.
1421: The Year China Discovered America
The Year China Discovered America
Paperback      ISBN: 006054094x
Argues that the Chinese discovered America and established colonies there before Columbus and that European explorers such as Magellan and Cook "discovered" new lands using pre-existing Chinese maps. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
1421: The Year China Discovered America
The Year China Discovered America
Paperback      ISBN: 0061564893
On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas." When the fleet returned home in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in the long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. And they colonized America before the Europeans, transplanting the principal economic crops that have since fed and clothed the world.