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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Alfred Lansing
078670621X
April 1999
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Book Review
In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endurance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventually was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most savage regions of the world before they were finally able to set sail again in one of the ship's lifeboats. Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a white-knuckle account of this astounding odyssey. Through the diaries of team members and interviews with survivors, Lansing reconstructs the months of terror and hardship the Endurance crew suffered. In October of 1915, there "were no...


Plant Discoveries
Sandy Knapp
1552978109
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Before there were digital cameras producing detailed photographs, botanists relied on the pens and palettes of virtuoso artists who accompanied intrepid explorers on their ambitious, and frequently dangerous, plant-collecting expeditions. In a sweeping and sumptuous examination of this fortunate synergy, Knapp unlocks the resources of London's Natural History Museum to profile the influential plants that populate today's suburban gardens and urban conservatories and the artists who brought them to life. An internationally acclaimed botanist and taxonomy expert, Knapp presents the legend and the lore, the data and the details behind more than 20 common and exotic plant families, highlighted by exceptional, never-before-published treasures from the museum's extensive archives. As enlightening as it is entertaining,...


1421: The Year China Discovered America
Gavin Menzies
006054094X
January 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
A former submarine commander in Britain's Royal Navy, Menzies must enjoy doing battle. The amateur historian's lightly footnoted, heavily speculative re-creation of little-known voyages made by Chinese ships in the early 1400s goes far beyond what most experts in and outside of China are willing to assert and will surely set tongues wagging. According to Menzies's brazen but dull account of the Middle Kingdom's exploits at sea, Magellan, Dias, da Gama, Cabral and Cook only "discovered" lands the Chinese had already visited, and they sailed with maps drawn from Chinese charts. Menzies alleges that the Chinese not only discovered America, but also established colonies here long before Columbus set out to sea. Because China burned the records of its historic expeditions led by Zheng He, the famed eunuch admiral and...


Exploration of the Seas
Committee on Exploration of the Seas
0309089271
Jan 2004
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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Tony Horwitz
0641681321

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Farthest North
Fridtjof Nansen
1841582174
Mar 2003
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Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Nathaniel Philbrick
0641681348

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Dive to the Deep Ocean
Deborah Kovacs
0739800213
Sept 2001
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-A lively look at the technological development of submersible vessels and some of the discoveries associated with them. Maps, full-color and black-and-white photos, and/or drawings appear on every page and amplify the narrative. A double-page diagram compares the heights of familiar land mountains with undersea mounts. A basic difficulty of exploring the deep-sea environment is the issue of water pressure, and this is deftly explained in a text box entitled "The Weight of Water." Kovacs includes scientists' imaginings and how they build the tools to match their dreams. The accounts of the fears, problems, and setbacks encountered before solutions and success were achieved are particularly interesting. Such milestone events as the discovery of hydrothermal vents and the Titanic are described to...


The Last Voyage of Columbus: Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Swordfight, Mutiny, Shipwreck, Gold, War, Hurricane, and Discovery
Martin Dugard
0316828831
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"For a guy who's been dead five centuries," says Dugard, "Columbus was very much a physical presence as I wrote this book." The author's Columbus—who engages in swashbuckling deeds of derring-do as he explores the Caribbean and Central America in his fourth and final voyage (1502–1504)—is a guy's guy. Spurning views of Columbus as a harbinger of genocide, Dugard (Into Africa, etc.) senses virile, visionary boldness, a man "fuelled by focus and challenge." Unsullied by too much modern scholarship, this book is at heart a recasting of Washington Irving and Samuel Eliot Morison updated to appeal to readers of GQ and Sports Illustrated (for which Dugard has written). His is a sexy tale: Columbus flirts with the (much romanticized) queen Isabella; nautical mapmaking is "one of the world's sexiest new...


Henry Hudson and His Voyages of Exploration in World History
Judith Edwards
0766018857
Aug 2002
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Card catalog description
Examines the life and career of Henry Hudson, tracing his voyages in the Arctic and North America and his discovery of the Hudson River and other bodies of water during his unsuccessful search for a Northwest Passage to Asia.


Lewis and Clark: Voyage of Discovery (Bicentennial Edition)
Stephen E. Ambrose
0792264738
March 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
In his preface, Stephen E. Ambrose describes the expedition of Lewis and Clark across the North American continent and back (from May 1804 to December 1806) as "the greatest camping trip of all time, and the greatest hunting trip. And one of the greatest scientific expeditions ever." It's a trip that Ambrose and his family often emulate, camping in the same lands the expedition first encountered nearly two centuries before them. In 1997, he was accompanied by National Geographic photographer Sam Abell. Some of these stunning pictures lead off the account of the journey presented here, and then pepper the second half of the book, which is also filled with period illustrations and maps. Ambrose has told the story of Lewis and Clark before, in the bestselling Undaunted Courage; the version he tells in Voyage of...


The Atlas of North American Exploration
William H. Goetzmann
080613058X
Mar 1998
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From Library Journal
This survey atlas, emphasizing exploration from the late 1400s to the late 1800s, is firmly directed toward a general audience. It features excellent color maps and illustrations with two-page spreads, each devoted to the analysis of a particular explorer and each with extracts from the explorer's journals (translated into English if necessary). The atlas takes Columbus and his predecessors as a starting point and covers all of North America, unlike more specialized works such as Coolie Verner and Basil Stuart-Stubbs's Northpart of America (1979) and the Atlas of Columbus and the Great Discoveries (Rand McNally, 1990). The writers have endeavored to maintain an objective tone and provide full citations for works mentioned in the text.- Mary L. Larsgaard, Univ. of Cali fornia-Santa Barbara Map & Imagery Lab...


Cook: The Extraordinary Sea Voyages of Captain James Cook
Nicholas Thomas
0802714129
September 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Rich, vivid and deeply provocative, Thomas's work combines premiere adventure story with thorough history and intensive sociology. The University of London anthropology professor explains Cook's drive to find "the lands South" (in the 18th century, most presumed there was another continent at the south end of the world). Cook (1728-1779) made three harrowing trips in the 1770s in which he discovered Antarctica. In those travels, he explored worlds previously unknown to Europeans: the Pacific and its panoply of island nations. Cook first charted Australia, New Zealand and the entire southern hemisphere, and this aspect of his career is the book's most fascinating portion. Thomas explains that Cook was most interested in charting territories previously unheard of by Europeans; he was, like Lewis and Clark, at heart...


A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
0816508801
Oct 1984
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Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
Andrew L. Chaikin
0140272011
April 1998
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Book Review
A decade in the making, this book is based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with each of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who contributed their brain power, training and teamwork on Earth. In his preface Chaikin writes, "We touched the face of another world and became a people without limits." What follows are thrilling accounts of such remarkable experiences as the rush of a liftoff, the heart-stopping touchdown on the moon, the final hurdle of re-entry, competition for a seat on a moon flight, the tragic spacecraft fire, and the search for clues to the origin of the solar system on the slopes of lunar mountains. "I've been there. Chaikin took me back."--Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 astronaut --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Science and Exploration
Margaret Lincoln
0851157211
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
The exploration of the Pacific in the eighteenth century by western Europeans has an enduring fascination for both specialists and a wider public. Within this field, Cook's voyages have a particular appeal: they include exciting elements of danger, scientific investigation, encounters between different cultures. The essays in this volume, the result of a conference held in 1997 by the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Society, take as their point of departure Cook's first voyage in the Endeavour (1768-71); they re-evaluate its political and social context, look at the expectations and outcomes of the event, and focus on the scientific and cultural issues emerging from this and subsequent Pacific voyages.Dr MARGARETTE LINCOLN is Director of Research at the National Maritime Museum. Contributors: GLYNDWR WILLIAMS,...


Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Tony Horwitz
064161456X

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Science and Exploration in the Pacific
Margarette Lincoln
0851158366
Sept 2001
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Book Description
The exploration of the Pacific in the eighteenth century by western Europeans has an enduring fascination for both specialists and a wider public. Within this field, Cook's voyages have a particular appeal: they include exciting elements of danger, scientific investigation, encounters between different cultures. The essays in this volume take as their point of departure Cook's first voyage in the Endeavour (1768-71); they re-evaluate its political and social context, look at the expectations and outcomes of the event, and focus on the scientific and cultural issues emerging from this and subsequent Pacific voyages.


Great Epochs in American History, Volume I
Francis W. Halsey
1421956152
Oct 2005
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Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah
Tom Chaffin
0809095114
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When the Union navy blockaded Southern ports during the Civil War, the Confederates dispatched commercial raiders to prey on private Union ships. One of these raiders was the C.S.S. Shenandoah, a British auxiliary steamer purchased by Confederate agents and refitted as a man-of-war. Chaffin (Pathfinder; Fatal Glory) recounts the Shenandoah's round-the-world journey in a compelling narrative based upon Civil War–era logbooks, journals, letters and memoirs. Commissioned to lay waste to New England's Pacific whaling fleet, the Shenandoah sailed from Liverpool in 1864. Thirteen months and 58,000 miles later, it sailed back. Along the way, the ship survived storms, ice jams and a near mutiny while capturing 40 Union vessels, taking 1,053 prisoners and destroying cargo valued in 1865 at $1.4 million. En route to...

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