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A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America
A Voyage Long and Strange
On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America
Paperback      ISBN: 0312428324
Conveys the results of the author's spirited investigation into lesser-known aspects of the period between Columbus's voyage and the founding of Jamestown, in an accessible account that covers such topics as the conquistadors, the explorers, and slavery. Reprint.
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.
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.
Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving
Opening Goliath
Danger and Discovery in Caving
Hardcover      ISBN: 0873516494
Adventure writer Cary Griffith recounts riveting and life-threatening tales of exploration in the limestone caves of southeastern Minnesota and the man-made caves of St. Paul.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia
Eat, Pray, Love
One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670034711
Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, an endeavor that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature, experience fulfillment, and learn the art of spiritual balance. 75,000 first printing.
Brave Companions: Portraits in History
Brave Companions
Portraits in History
Paperback      ISBN: 0671792768
A collection of portraits of men and women who changed history includes discussions of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederic Remington, Louis Agassiz, Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and others
Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration
Pathfinders
A Global History of Exploration
Paperback      ISBN: 0393330915
A distinguished scholar traces the history of exploration from a global perspective, following the pathfinders and their expeditions over the course of five millennia to the farthest reaches of the world, from ancient Egypt, through the merchants and missionaries of the Silk Roads, to the discovery of the New World and the nineteenth-century expeditions to Africa, the Arctic, North America, and the South Pacific. Reprint.
The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name
The Fourth Part of the World
The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name
Hardcover      ISBN: 1416535314
A chronicle of the early sixteenth-century creation of the Waldseemèuller map offers insight into how monks, classicists, merchants, and other contributors from earlier periods shaped the map's creation.
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.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z
A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Paperback      ISBN: 1400078458
Interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, with the author's own adventure-filled quest into the uncharted wilderness to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett's final journey and the secrets of what really lies deep in the Amazon jungle. Reprint. A best-selling book.