Exploration and Discovery, General
The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer
Paperback ISBN: 0300142234
"A magnificent new life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive, profiting from his access to an immense new trove of Stanley material." -- Paul Theroux, front page, New York Times Book Review Henry Morton Stanley, so the tale goes, was a cruel imperialist who connived with King Leopold II of Belgium in horrific crimes against the people of the Congo. He also conducted the most legendary celebrity interview in history, opening with, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” But these perceptions are not quite true, Tim Jeal shows in this grand and colorful biography. With unprecedented access to previously closed Stanley family archives, Jeal reveals the amazing extent to which Stanley’s public career and intimate life have been misunderstood and undervalued. Jeal recovers the reality of Stanley’s life—a life of almost impossible extremes—in this moving story of tragedy, adventure, disappointment, and success. Few have started life as disadvantaged as Stanley. Rejected by both parents and consigned to a Welsh workhouse, he emigrated to America as a penniless eighteen-year-old. Jeal vividly re-creates Stanley’s rise to success, his friendships and romantic relationships, and his life-changing decision to assume an American identity. Stanley’s epic but unfairly forgotten African journeys are thrillingly described, establishing the explorer as the greatest to set foot on the continent. Few biographies can claim so thoroughly to reappraise a reputation; few portray a more extraordinary historical figure.
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Paperback ISBN: 080214425x
A chronicle of recent successful attempts to salvage a ship that sank in 1857 carrying gold from the rich California mines follows a group of adventurers who took great risks to reap billions in sunken treasure.
Travels of William Bartram
Paperback ISBN: 0486200132
First inexpensive, illustrated edition of early classic on American geography, plants, Indians, wildlife, early settlers. Naturalist's poetic, lovely account of travels through Florida, Georgia, Carolinas from 1773 to 1778. Influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth, Chateaubriand. "A book of extraordinary beauty..." — New York Times. 13 illustrations.
Born on a Mountaintop
On the Road With Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier
Hardcover ISBN: 0307720896
Traces the author's visits to key areas in the life of Davy Crockett including the legendary figure's Tennessee River Valley home, the Washington, D.C. region where he served three terms in Congress and the Alamo site in Texas, in an account that explores Crockett's true life and enduring cultural influence. 20,000 first printing.
The Man Who Quit Money
Paperback ISBN: 1594485690
A Walden for the 21st century, the true story of a man who has radically reinvented "the good life". In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings-all thirty dollars of it-in a phone booth. He has lived without money-and with a newfound sense of freedom and security-ever since. The Man Who Quit Money is an account of how one man learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Suelo doesn't pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare. He lives in caves in the Utah canyonlands, forages wild foods and gourmet discards. He no longer even carries an I.D. Yet he manages to amply fulfill not only the basic human needs-for shelter, food, and warmth-but, to an enviable degree, the universal desires for companionship, purpose, and spiritual engagement. In retracing the surprising path and guiding philosophy that led Suelo into this way of life, Sundeen raises provocative and riveting questions about the decisions we all make, by default or by design, about how we live-and how we might live better.
The Way to the Western Sea
Lewis and Clark Across the Continent
Paperback ISBN: 0803280033
Critics have called David Lavender a "master storyteller" (Library Journal), his prose "virile, disciplined, yet personal" (New York Times), and his book "a balanced, learned, and lively history of an epochal human exploit" (Choice). Lavender sets the stage with a lucid account of the imperial rivalries between England, Spain, France, and the United States, and their role in Thomas Jefferson's decision to sponsor an expedition that might strengthen the young country's claims to lands it had purchased but never seen. Lavender then takes us through the steps that led to the selection of Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery's leader with William Clark as coleader. From there, the great adventure story unfolds and we follow Lewis and Clark and their company on their journey through vast, uncharted territory as they seek a transcontinental route to the Pacific. From its inception to its conclusion—a triumph made bittersweet by Lewis's suicide only a few years later—we witness the trials, the surprises, the natural wonders, and the successes large and small that the expedition met with day by day over the course of two years and thousands of miles. The result is a true classic of adventure writing and a marvel of historical storytelling.
Lewis & Clark
The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Hardcover ISBN: 0679454500
The companion volume to the PBS film follows the epic odyssey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean, documenting the varied spectrum of landscapes, people and cultures, and wildlife that they encountered. TV tie-in. 75,000 first printing. Tour.
The Four Voyages, 1492-1504
Paperback ISBN: 014312210x
From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs—political, moral, and economic. In rich detail Laurence Bergreen re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career. Written from the participants' vivid perspectives, this breathtakingly dramatic account will be embraced by readers of Bergreen's previous biographies of Marco Polo and Magellan and by fans of Nathaniel Philbrick, Simon Winchester, and Tony Horwitz.
Christopher Columbus, The Last Templar
Paperback ISBN: 1594771901
According to historic documents and maps revealed by Ruggero Marino, Columbus knew, sailing west, he would find the “New World,” not Asia. Christopher Columbus, the Last Templar is the untold story of the secret alliance behind the “discovery” of America, revealing how a utopian dream of brotherhood fueled a murderous power struggle involving secret societies, popes, and kings.