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  A Taste of Adventure   The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: First-Hand Accounts of Exploration by David Livingstone, James Cook, Meriwether Lewis, Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, Sir Edmund Hilary, and Many Others  

The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: First-Hand Accounts of Exploration by David Livingstone, James Cook, Meriwether Lewis, Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, Sir Edmund Hilary, and Many Others

Often among the leading celebrities of their day, the world's great explorers captured headlines and the public imagination, while journalists and publishers vied to get the returning adventurers' stories into print. British travel historian and radio presenter John Keay introduces this selection of some of the best firsthand accounts of these exciting and dangerous journeys, including David Livingstone's exploration of the headwaters of the Congo, Henry Stanley's pursuit of the missing ...... read more


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Most of the world's greatest stories have begun with a journey. Whether traveling to exotic countries with strange customs, mapping unknown seas and lands inhabited by monsters, seeking new frontiers and opportunities, being sent off to war or exile, imagining a far future or a mysterious past, or probing the depths of one's own psyche and the meaning of life itself, our taste for adventure seems limitless—even if our preferred mode of travel is a comfy reading chair.

To satisfy your adventurous spirit we offer numerous chronicles, memoirs, tales, photo albums, audio recordings, and DVDs that let you explore other lands, lives, minds, cultures, eras, perspectives, worlds, and possibilities.

 

  Photographing Travel  

Photographing Travel

Why go home from a great trip with another set of photographs that don't do justice to the beauty of the place you visited? This book, written by a travel photographer and journalist whose work has appeared in Stern, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and other leading publications, contains a remarkable array of stunning images from around the world. Most importantly, he provides practical advice on how you can get your best shots, from how to photograph a subject ...... read more

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The Explorer's Eye: First-Hand Accounts of Adventure and Exploration  

The Explorer's Eye: First-Hand Accounts of Adventure and Exploration

Fergus Fleming & Annabel Merullo, eds. Michael Palin, intro.

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In the 18th century, exploration entered a new phase; the greatest explorers were motivated more by scientific inquiry than by commercial interest, and they set out to make a full record of ... ... read more

 
They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades  

They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

Barbara Holland.

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Throughout history there have been women, endowed with curiosity and abundant spirit, who stepped out of their homes, cast off the shackles of expectation, and struck out for new territory. In this ... ... read more

 
Travel & Adventure: Short Stories by Great Writers  

Travel & Adventure: Short Stories by Great Writers

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Of course Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jack London would all have something to say in a collection of travel and adventure writing. But among the 16 pieces here are also ... ... read more

 
In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage  

In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage

Robert Campbell.

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Even before the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897, Alaska loomed large in the American imagination as a land of unknown wonders. Thousands of adventurers journeyed along the Inside Passage—the nearly ... ... read more

 
Outlaws!: Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels  

Outlaws!: Adventures of Pirates, Scoundrels, and Other Rebels

Laurent Marechaux. Louise Lalaurie Rogers, trans.

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The French seem to have a certain weakness for the outlaw—the man or woman of action who, ill-suited to the strictures and reprobation of society, chooses to live by his own rules. Indeed, the author ... ... read more

 
 
Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India  

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

Miranda Kennedy.

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Now an editor at NPR's Morning Edition, for five years Miranda Kennedy lived in Delhi as a correspondent for NPR and Marketplace Radio. Here she writes of the Indian city she came to love, ... ... read more

 
Paradise With Serpents: Travels in the Lost World of Paraguay  

Paradise With Serpents: Travels in the Lost World of Paraguay

Robert Carver.


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In this follow-up to his Thomas Cook Travel Award finalist The Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania, Robert Carver treks across one of South America's most mysterious and surreal countries. ... ... read more

 
Travels of the Zephyr: An Interactive Journey Around the World  

Travels of the Zephyr: An Interactive Journey Around the World

Caroline Mac Killian. Caroline Guezille, text. Elisabeth Ferte, design. Nicholas Elliott, trans.

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This beautifully illustrated scrapbook for readers 6 to 11 is a snapshot of the world circa 1925, looking in on cultures, creatures, and environments all over the globe through the log of the ... ... read more

 
Travels With My Aunt  

Travels With My Aunt

Graham Greene.


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First appearing in 1969—and the inspiration for the George Cukor film of the same name starring Maggie Smith—this novel from the author and playwright who gave us The Third Man, The End of ... ... read more

 
Scott's Last Expedition  

Scott's Last Expedition

Steve Parker.


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In November 1910, Robert Falcon Scott set off on the greatest quest of the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration—to reach the South Pole in Antarctica. The author of Peacocks, Penguins, and Other ... ... read more

 
 
Voyages of Discovery: History Files  

Voyages of Discovery: History Files

David Boyle.

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Abundantly illustrated with color photographs, period engravings, and reproductions of art, this history chronicles the age of exploration—particularly the three decades from 1492 to 1522, when the ... ... read more

 
The Best American Travel Writing 2012  

The Best American Travel Writing 2012

William T. Vollmann, ed. Jason Wilson, series ed.

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National Book Award–winning novelist and social critic William T. Vollmann is also (since his travels among the mujahideen in 1982 Afghanistan) an inveterate travel writer. Here are 19 pieces he ... ... read more

 
The Sea Singer  

The Sea Singer

Craig Moodie.

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A former deck hand on Cape Cod fishing boats and the author of A Sailor's Valentine and Salt Luck, Craig Moodie has seawater in his veins. In this adventure yarn for readers 10 to 13, ... ... read more

 
The Liquid Continent Volume 1: Alexandria: A Mediterranean Trilogy  

The Liquid Continent Volume 1: Alexandria: A Mediterranean Trilogy

Nicholas Woodsworth.

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When Nicholas Woodsworth came to Alexandria, he immediately felt its particular atmosphere: "There is an intimacy, a garrulous warmth and near-tribal sociability that belongs to this city and is ... ... read more

 
The Liquid Continent Volume 2: Venice: A Mediterranean Trilogy  

The Liquid Continent Volume 2: Venice: A Mediterranean Trilogy

Nicholas Woodsworth.

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Taking maritime dominance as the foundation of Venice's existence, Nicholas Woodsworth abandons museums and tourist hordes to engage in the city's ongoing love affair with the sea, in this second ... ... read more

 
 
The Liquid Continent Volume 3: Istanbul: A Mediterranean Trilogy  

The Liquid Continent Volume 3: Istanbul: A Mediterranean Trilogy

Nicholas Woodsworth.

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Setting out from Venice to complete his circumnavigation of the Mediterranean, in this third and final book of the Liquid Continent trilogy, Nicholas Woodsworth again takes the road less traveled, ... ... read more

 
Ghost Sea  

Ghost Sea

Ferenc Mate.

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In 1921 Vancouver, an artifact hunter named Hay has stolen a number of sacred masks, and when a Kwakiutl warrior raids the yacht to reclaim them, he also takes Hay's wife Kate as hostage. Hay turns ... ... read more

 
American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville  

American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville

Bernard-Henri Levy.

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What does it mean to be an American, and what can America be today? Exploring these questions, French philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy (author of Who Killed Daniel Pearl?) spent a ... ... read more

 
The Riddle and the Knight: In Search of Sir John Mandeville, the World's Greatest Traveller  

The Riddle and the Knight: In Search of Sir John Mandeville, the World's Greatest Traveller

Giles Milton.

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Before he gave us Nathaniel's Nutmeg and Big Chief Elizabeth, Giles Milton's first book was this sparkling travelogue in the legendary footsteps of Sir John Mandeville, the ... ... read more

 
Animals Christopher Columbus Saw: An Adventure in the New World  

Animals Christopher Columbus Saw: An Adventure in the New World

Sandra Markle. Jamel Akib, illus.

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In the summer of 1492 Christopher Columbus set out on the journey that would make him famous and lead to the discovery of the New World. He and his crew were the first Europeans to see the astounding ... ... read more

 
 
Imperial Footprints: Henry Morton Stanley's African Journeys  

Imperial Footprints: Henry Morton Stanley's African Journeys

James L. Newman.

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"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" The man who uttered those famous words was compared with Christopher Columbus in his day and became one of the late 19th-century's most newsworthy figures. Yet 100 years ... ... read more

 
Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America  

Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America

Eric Simons.

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One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, which calls itself the "southernmost city in the world," environmental and science writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the ... ... read more

 
The Far Side of the World: An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure  

The Far Side of the World: An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure

Patrick O'Brian.


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The War of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling ... ... read more

 
The Mauritius Command: An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure  

The Mauritius Command: An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure

Patrick O'Brian.


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In this fourth book in the series, Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command—until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope ... ... read more

 
Scott of the Antarctic: The Definitive Biography  

Scott of the Antarctic: The Definitive Biography

David Crane.


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Since Robert Falcon Scott's death in 1912, he has been the subject of innumerable books, some declaring him a hero, others dismissing him as an irresponsible fool. In either case, the man behind the ... ... read more

 
 
Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany's Proudest People  

Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany's Proudest People

Robert Rodi.

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Siena seems at first glance to be a typical Italian city; within its medieval walls the citizens wear designer clothes, carry cell phones, and indulge in superb local cuisine. But unlike neighboring ... ... read more

 
Wainwright: The Podcasts: Everything You Need for Eight Great Days Out on the Fells  

Wainwright: The Podcasts: Everything You Need for Eight Great Days Out on the Fells

Alfred Wainwright. Chris Jesty, ed. Eric Robson, intro. Nik Wood-Jones, narr.


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In Britain the name of Alfred Wainwright is synonymous with walks along the fells—the ridges, hills, and plateaus—of the Lake District, and his hand-drawn, handwritten guides have been classics for ... ... read more

 
Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast  

Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast

Samanth Subramanian.


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In a coastline as long and diverse as India's, fish inhabit the heart of many worlds—food of course, but also culture, commerce, sport, history, and society. International journalist Samanth ... ... read more

 
Hero and the Sinking Ships  

Hero and the Sinking Ships

Richard Hamilton. Sam Hearn, illus.


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Forced to leave their beloved nest by a cook and a cat on the inside and the cold and wet weather outside, the Morgan Street Rats set sail for travel and adventure (and a warm and smelly place to ... ... read more

 
The Lotus Quest: In Search of the Sacred Flower  

The Lotus Quest: In Search of the Sacred Flower

Mark Griffiths.


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The lotus is the world's most iconic flower, a symbol of spiritual awakening and growth for many of the world's major religious disciplines. Inspired by receiving seeds from a 3,000-year-old lotus, ... ... read more

 
 
Mara and Dann: An Adventure  

Mara and Dann: An Adventure

Doris Lessing.

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Thousands of years in the future the northern hemisphere is buried under the glaciers of a new ice age, in this 1999 novel from the late Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing. Bundled away from their ... ... read more

 
Ancient Sicily: Monuments Past and Present  

Ancient Sicily: Monuments Past and Present

Gaetano Messineo & Emanuela Borgia.

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Thrust out into the center of the sea, the island of Sicily has long been a crossroads of the Mediterranean, visited by the Minoans and Mycenaeans, divided between the Greeks and Phoenicians, and ... ... read more

 
The Ice Balloon: One Man's Dramatic Attempt to Discover the North Pole by Balloon  

The Ice Balloon: One Man's Dramatic Attempt to Discover the North Pole by Balloon

Alec Wilkinson.


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It is a forlorn sight—a balloon, limply inflated, lying on its side in a trackless wasteland of snow and fog while its crewmen contemplate their situation. This is the photograph that impelled ... ... read more

 
Every Pilgrim's Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland  

Every Pilgrim's Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland

Andrew Jones.

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Illustrated with two sections of color photos and with line drawings throughout, this compact book is a travel guide and companion to the principal Celtic sites in Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland, ... ... read more

 
Hunt for the Southern Continent  

Hunt for the Southern Continent

James Cook. Philip Edwards, ed.


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On the second of his three great voyages, Captain James Cook was to sail farther south than any explorer previously had seeking a rumored southern continent, to be settled by the British. Cook found ... ... read more

 
 
The Barbary Pirates: An Ethan Gage Adventure  

The Barbary Pirates: An Ethan Gage Adventure

William Dietrich.

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American explorer, adventurer, and lover Ethan Gage has braved the sands of Egypt, the perils of the Atlantic Ocean, and the harsh wilderness of early America. In this fourth caper, following The ... ... read more

 
The Dakota Cipher: An Ethan Gage Adventure  

The Dakota Cipher: An Ethan Gage Adventure

William Dietrich.

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Ethan Gage wants to enjoy the fruits of victory after helping his new friend Napoleon win the Battle of Marengo, as he tells us in this third chronicle of his exploits, following The Rosetta ... ... read more

 
The Rosetta Key: An Ethan Gage Adventure  

The Rosetta Key: An Ethan Gage Adventure

William Dietrich.

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The year is 1799, and in Ethan Gage's second account of his remarkable adventures (following Napoleon's Pyramids), Bonaparte's army descends upon Israel, intent upon conquest, while the ... ... read more

 
Tropics Bound: Elizabeth's Seadogs on the Spanish Main  

Tropics Bound: Elizabeth's Seadogs on the Spanish Main

James Seay Dean.


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Drawing on such sources from English and Spanish archives as mariners' journals, letters, and official reports, this history recounts the early 100 largely forgotten English trade voyages to Latin ... ... read more

 
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe  

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

Glynis Ridley.

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An herbologist in 18th-century France and the lover of botanist Philibert Commerson, Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a man to accompany him on the first French circumnavigation of the world. Glynis ... ... read more

 
 
Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island  

Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island

Retold by Dereen Taylor. Carlos Fonseca, illus.

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Presented in a large picture-book format with moving features—opening flaps, pull-tab actions, miniature books and hidden documents—this retelling of Treasure Island, for readers 7 to 10, ... ... read more

 
Long Way Home: In Search of Steinbeck's America  

Long Way Home: In Search of Steinbeck's America

Bill Barich.

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"We do not take a trip; a trip takes us," John Steinbeck noted in his 1962 classic Travels with Charley. Inspired by a copy of Travels that he stumbled upon in Ireland, where he had ... ... read more

 
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