Exploration and Discovery, General
From Venice to Xanadu
Hardcover ISBN: 140004345x
An insightful portrait of the thirteenth-century explorer, adventurer, and global traveler follows Marco Polo from his youth in Venice as the scion of a wealthy merchant family, to his journey to Asia and role in the court of Kublai Khan, to his return to Europe, his introduction of such Chinese innovations as gunpowder and pasta, and his influence on the history of his era. 75,000 first printing.
Trespassers on the Roof of the World
The Secret Exploration of Tibet
Paperback ISBN: 1568360509
For nineteenth-century adventures, Tibet was the prize destination, and Lhasa, its capital situated nearly three miles above sea level, was the grandest trophy of all. The lure of this mysterious land, and its strategic importance, made it inevitable that despite the Tibetans' reluctance to end their isolation, determined travelers from Victorian Britain, Czarist Russia, America, and a half dozen other countries world try to breach the country's high walls. In this riveting narrative, Peter Hopkirk turns his storytelling skills on the fortune hunters, mystics, mountaineers, and missionaries who tried storming the roof of the world. He also examines how China sought to maintain a presence in Tibet, so that whenever the Great Game ended, Chinese influence would reign supreme. This presence culminated in the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the 1950s, and in a brief afterword, Hopkirk updates his compelling account of "the gatecrashers of Tibet" with a discussion of Tibet today-as a property still claimed and annexed by the Chinese.
Down the Great Unknown
John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
Hardcover ISBN: 006019619x
The great explorer of the Grand Canyon speaks from the past in his journals, guiding readers on a detailed account of his meticulous, often perilous journey thorugh the famous canyon. 75,000 first printing.
How the States Got Their Shapes
Paperback ISBN: 0061431397
An accessible history of how each of the fifty United States obtained their unique shapes offers insight into such topics as the super-sized geography of Texas, Oklahoma's panhandle, and Maryland's unusual layout, in a lighthearted chronicle that features complementary information on land disputes and military skirmishes. Reprint.
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
The Secret Agent Who Made the Pilgrimage to Mecca, Discovered the Kama Sutra, Brought the Arabian Nights to the
Hardcover ISBN: 0684191377
Chronicles the fascinating life and travels of the English adventurer, writer, linguist, secret agent, crusader, and romantic hero
90 North by Airship and Submarine
Hardcover ISBN: 1612510108
This account of US naval and air explorations of the Arctic in the late 1950s draws on military reports and interviews and written accounts by participants, as well as journal excerpts from a scientist instrumental in the development of under-ice submarines. The book is illustrated with b&w historical photos and contains 15 pages of appendices offering Navy documents and mission statistics. The author, an environmental geologist, completed a fellowship in naval aviation history at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World
Paperback ISBN: 1608190986
A tribute to Henry Hudson's discovery of the river that bears his name recounts how the historical explorer defied commission orders to find an eastern passage to China by redirecting his voyage along the coastline from Spanish Florida to the Grand Banks, an effort that laid a foundation for New York's establishment as a global capital. Reprint.