Beyond the Trees
A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
Hardcover ISBN: 0735236836
A thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, from "Canada's greatest living explorer." In the spring of 2017, Adam Shoalts, bestselling author and adventurer, set off on an unprecedented solo journey across North America's greatest wilderness. A place where, in our increasingly interconnected, digital world, it's still possible to wander for months without crossing a single road, or even see another human being. Between his starting point in Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory, to his destination in Baker Lake, Nunavut, lies a maze of obstacles: shifting ice floes, swollen rivers, fog-bound lakes, and gale-force storms. And Shoalts must time his departure by the breakup of the spring ice, then sprint across nearly 4,000 kilometers of rugged, wild terrain to arrive before winter closes in. He travels alone up raging rivers that only the most expert white-water canoeists dare travel even downstream. He must portage across fields of jagged rocks that stretch to the horizon, and navigate labyrinths of swamps, tormented by clouds of mosquitoes every step of the way. And the race against the calendar means that he cannot afford the luxuries of rest, or of making mistakes. Shoalts must trek tirelessly, well into the endless Arctic summer nights, at times not even pausing to eat. But his reward is the adventure of a lifetime. Heart-stopping, wonder-filled, and attentive to the majesty of the natural world, Beyond the Trees captures the ache for adventure that afflicts us all.
The Arctic Grail
The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole 1818-1909
Paperback ISBN: 0385658451
Scores of nineteenth-century expeditions battled savage cold, relentless ice and winter darkness in pursuit of two great prizes: the quest for the elusive Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific and the international race to reach the North Pole. Pierre Berton's #1 best-selling book brings to life the great explorers: the pious and ambitious Edward Parry, the flawed hero John Franklin, ruthless Robert Peary and the cool Norwegian Roald Amundsen. He also credits the Inuit, whose tracking and hunting skills saved the lives of the adventurers and their men countless times. These quests are peopled with remarkable figures full of passion and eccentricity. They include Charles Hall, an obscure printer who abandoned family and business to head to a frozen world of which he knew nothing; John Ross, whose naval career ended when he spotted a range of mountains that didn't exist; Frederick Cook, who faked reaching the North Pole; and Jane Franklin, who forced an expensive search for her missing husband upon a reluctant British government. Pierre Berton, who won his first Governor General's award for The Mysterious North, here again gives us an important and fascinating history that reads like a novel as he examines the historic events of the golden age of Arctic exploration.
The Lost Empire of Atlantis
History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
Paperback ISBN: 0062049496
Through an examination of new documentary and academic research, metallurgy, ancient shipbuilding and navigation techniques, archaeological artifacts, and cutting-edge DNA evidence, Menzies uncovers a trading empire that spanned from the Mediterranean, to the Great Lakes in North America, to Kerala in India. He explains the reality behind the legendary civilization described by Plato, as well as its violent disappearance.
Why We Left
Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants
Hardcover ISBN: 0816681252
Joanna Brooks reveals the harsh realities behind seventeenth- and eighteenth-century working-class English emigration—and dismantles the idea that these immigrants were drawn to America as a land of opportunity. Brooks follows American folk ballads back across the Atlantic, uncovering an archaeology of the worldviews of America’s earliest immigrants and a haunting historical perspective on the ancestors we thought we knew.
War Plan Red
The United States' Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada's Secret Plan to Invade the United States
Paperback ISBN: 1616893524
Beginning with a short history of border relations between the United States and Canada, War Plan Red provides a synopsis of two plans: the Canadian “Defence Scheme No. 1
The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics
Hardcover ISBN: 022628350x
In 1915, western farmers mounted one of the most significant challenges to party politics America has seen: the Nonpartisan League, which sought to empower citizens and restrain corporate influence. Before its collapse in the 1920s, the League counted over 250,000 paying members, spread to thirteen states and two Canadian provinces, controlled North Dakota’s state government, and birthed new farmer-labor alliances. Yet today it is all but forgotten, neglected even by scholars. Michael J. Lansing aims to change that. Insurgent Democracy offers a new look at the Nonpartisan League and a new way to understand its rise and fall in the United States and Canada. Lansing argues that, rather than a spasm of populist rage that inevitably burned itself out, the story of the League is in fact an instructive example of how popular movements can create lasting change. Depicting the League as a transnational response to economic inequity, Lansing not only resurrects its story of citizen activism, but also allows us to see its potential to inform contemporary movements.
Lighthouses And Keepers
The U.s. Lighthouse Service And Its Legacy
Paperback ISBN: 1591146267
Includes historical information on lighthouses and their keepers; looks at the appearance of these structures in paintings and photographs and their appeal as tourist attractions; and includes real stories of wrecks, rescues, ghosts, and tending the lights
Who Discovered America?
The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas
Hardcover ISBN: 006223675x
Combining in-depth research with an adventurer's spirit to present a radical rethinking and new revelations relating to the Beringia theory of how humans discovered, explored, and settled the American continent.
Making Haste from Babylon
The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World a New History
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0307266826
Explores the complexities of Pilgrim character from their radical sectarian beliefs to their entrepreneurial capabilities, drawing on previously untapped sources to offer insight into how they established a thriving New Plymouth settlement in spite of formidable circumstances.