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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Blue Latitudes
Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Paperback      ISBN: 0312422601
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic documents the three high-adventure voyages of Captain James Cook, who between 1768 and 1779 mapped a final third of the globe that was previously uncharted. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.
Esquire Presents What It Feels Like: To Walk on the Moon, to Be Gored by a Bull, to Survive and Avalanche, to Swallow Swords, to Go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel, to Be Shot in the Head
Esquire Presents What It Feels Like
To Walk on the Moon, to Be Gored by a Bull, to Survive and Avalanche, to Swallow Swords, to Go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel, to Be Shot in the Head
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0609809768
Based on the popular "What It Feels Like" articles that appeared in Esquire magazine, this zany collection of vivid accounts explains what it was really like to get shot, be struck by lightning, walk on the moon, participate in an orgy, win an Oscar, or experience a wide variety of offbeat, life-threatening, or exciting real-life events. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Teachings Around the Sacred Wheel: Finding the Soul of the Dreamtime
Teachings Around the Sacred Wheel
Finding the Soul of the Dreamtime
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1585425737
Lynn V. Andrews takes the reader with her as she goes on inward journeys with the help of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and relates the stories of others. Join her as she is initiated into the Sisterhood and creates her own shield, which will show her the nature of her spiritual path (Spirit Woman). Follow her to the Yucatan, where the medicine wheel leads her, and she is faced with the terrifying reality of the butterfly tree (Jaguar Woman). Enter the Dreamtime with her, where she emerges in medieval England as Catherine, and encounters the Grandmother, who offers to show Andrews how to make her life one of goodness, power, adventure, and love (The Woman of Wyrrd). Not all these stories describe the author's own spiritual experiences. Meet Sin Coraz—n, an initiate into the Sisterhood, whose husband abandons her. She nearly succumbs to her inner dark power and unleashes her rage on men and the Sisterhood (Dark Sister). Andrews also writes about the elder women of the Sisterhood: their loves, their lives, their losses (Tree of Dreams). Andrews shows us how to channel our own spiritual and intellectual energy and balance the need for love with the desire for power (Love and Power). She takes the reader on numerous spiritual journeys that inevitably uplift.
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.s. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Sea of Glory
America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.s. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Paperback      ISBN: 0142004839
Traces the 1838 discovery voyage that resulted in the western world's survey of 87,000 ocean miles, 280 Pacific islands, numerous zoological discoveries, and the finding of Antarctica, a journey that was marked by tragic deaths, the losses of two ships, and controversial court martials. Reprint.
The Fourth Part of the World: An Astonishing Epic of Global Discovery, Imperial Ambition, and the Birth of America
The Fourth Part of the World
An Astonishing Epic of Global Discovery, Imperial Ambition, and the Birth of America
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1416535349
"Old maps lead you to strange and unexpected places, and none does so more ineluctably than the subject of this book: the giant, beguiling Waldseemüller world map of 1507." So begins this remarkable story of the map that gave America its name. For millennia Europeans believed that the world consisted of three parts: Europe, Africa, and Asia. They drew the three continents in countless shapes and sizes on their maps, but occasionally they hinted at the existence of a "fourth part of the world," a mysterious, inaccessible place, separated from the rest by a vast expanse of ocean. It was a land of myth—until 1507, that is, when Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann, two obscure scholars working in the mountains of eastern France, made it real. Columbus had died the year before convinced that he had sailed to Asia, but Waldseemüller and Ringmann, after reading about the Atlantic discoveries of Columbus’s contemporary Amerigo Vespucci, came to a startling conclusion: Vespucci had reached the fourth part of the world. To celebrate his achievement, Waldseemüller and Ringmann printed a huge map, for the first time showing the New World surrounded by water and distinct from Asia, and in Vespucci’s honor they gave this New World a name: America. The Fourth Part of the World is the story behind that map, a thrilling saga of geographical and intellectual exploration, full of outsize thinkers and voyages. Taking a kaleidoscopic approach, Toby Lester traces the origins of our modern worldview. His narrative sweeps across continents and centuries, zeroing in on different portions of the map to reveal strands of ancient legend, Biblical prophecy, classical learning, medieval exploration, imperial ambitions, and more. In Lester’s telling the map comes alive: Marco Polo and the early Christian missionaries trek across Central Asia and China; Europe’s early humanists travel to monastic libraries to recover ancient texts; Portuguese merchants round up the first West African slaves; Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci make their epic voyages of discovery; and finally, vitally, Nicholas Copernicus makes an appearance, deducing from the new geography shown on the Waldseemüller map that the earth could not lie at the center of the cosmos. The map literally altered humanity’s worldview. One thousand copies of the map were printed, yet only one remains. Discovered accidentally in 1901 in the library of a German castle it was bought in 2003 for the unprecedented sum of $10 million by the Library of Congress, where it is now on permanent public display. Lavishly illustrated with rare maps and diagrams, The Fourth Part of the World is the story of that map: the dazzling story of the geographical and intellectual journeys that have helped us decipher our world.
K2: Triumph and Tragedy
Triumph and Tragedy
Paperback      ISBN: 0395485908
Tells the stories of mountaineers who attempted to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, in 1986
Golden Treasures of Troy: The Dream of Heinrich Schliemann
Golden Treasures of Troy
The Dream of Heinrich Schliemann
Paperback      ISBN: 0810928256
Retells how amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann located and excavated the legendary sites of Ithaca, Troy, and Mycenae, uncovering their long hidden treasures despite hostile critics and academic controversy
The Baltic Origins Of Homer's Epic Tales: The Iliad, The Odyssey, And The Migration Of Myth
The Baltic Origins Of Homer's Epic Tales
The Iliad, The Odyssey, And The Migration Of Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 1594770522
Compelling evidence that the events of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey took place in the Baltic and not the Mediterranean • Reveals how a climate change forced the migration of a people and their myth to ancient Greece • Identifies the true geographic sites of Troy and Ithaca in the Baltic Sea and Calypso's Isle in the North Atlantic Ocean For years scholars have debated the incongruities in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, given that his descriptions are at odds with the geography of the areas he purportedly describes. Inspired by Plutarch's remark that Calypso's Isle was only five days sailing from Britain, Felice Vinci convincingly argues that Homer's epic tales originated not in the Mediterranean, but in the northern Baltic Sea. Using meticulous geographical analysis, Vinci shows that many Homeric places, such as Troy and Ithaca, can still be identified in the geographic landscape of the Baltic. He explains how the dense, foggy weather described by Ulysses befits northern not Mediterranean climes, and how battles lasting through the night would easily have been possible in the long days of the Baltic summer. Vinci's meteorological analysis reveals how a decline of the "climatic optimum" caused the blond seafarers to migrate south to warmer climates, where they rebuilt their original world in the Mediterranean. Through many generations the memory of the heroic age and the feats performed by their ancestors in their lost homeland was preserved and handed down to the following ages, only later to be codified by Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Felice Vinci offers a key to open many doors that allow us to consider the age-old question of the Indo-European diaspora and the origin of the Greek civilization from a new perspective.
Bringing Jon Home: The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis
Bringing Jon Home
The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592983278
Bringing Jon Home: The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis, is my first hand account of the long and complex wilderness search for our son, Jon, and the story of Jon's remarkable life, sudden disappearance, and inspiring legacy. On Saturday morning, July 15, 2006, Jon Francis, climbed to the summit of the Grand Mogul, in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of Central Idaho. He never returned. Law enforcement searched for only 29 hours. After the evening search team briefing, on July 17, 2006, the Incident Commander, approached me and said; “David, you need to give your son up to the mountain.
Bold Endeavors: Lessons from Polar and Space Exploration
Bold Endeavors
Lessons from Polar and Space Exploration
Paperback      ISBN: 1591148308
In a book the draws on accounts of polar and space explorers, as well as shipwreck and disaster survivors, the author looks at how being isolated or confined in small places affects a human's mental state. Reprint.