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A Century of Great Exploration

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Baker & Taylor
One hundred years are chronicled in a collection of travel and adventure writing, from Tom Wolfe's description of Chuck Yeager's historic flight to Jon Krakauer's ill-advised ascent up Devil's Thumb.

Norton Pub
Stories of courage, endurance, and passion that define adventure. From Robert Falcon Scott's final journal entry to Jon Krakauer's reckless solo climb of the Devil's Thumb to Tom Wolfe's brilliant portrayal of Chuck Yeager shattering the sound barrier in The Right Stuff, David Roberts and the editors of Outside have gathered the most enduring adventure literature of the century into one heart-stopping volume. A frigid winter ascent of Mount McKinley; the vastness of Arabia's Empty Quarter; the impossibly thin air at Everest's summit; the deadly black pressure of an underwater cave; a desperate escape through a Norwegian winter--these and thirty-six other stories recount the minutes, hours, and days of lives pushed to the brink. But there is more to adventure than hair-breadth escapes. By turns charming and tragic, whimsical and nerve-racking, this extraordinary collection gets to the heart of why adventure stories enthrall us. Includes works by Edward Abbey, Tim Cahill, Edward Hoagland, Sebastian Junger, Eric Newby, Ernest Shackleton, Freya Stark, and Wilfred Thesiger. For nearly thirty years, award-winning Outside magazine has been bringing together the best in adventure travel, sports, nature writing, and photography. Now, W.W. Norton and Outside come together to bring that same excellence to an exciting new line of books.

Book News
Mountaineer and editor Roberts presents excerpts from 41 of the century's best nonfiction, first-person adventure tales written in English. The 41 contributions (grouped under three categories obsessions, idylls, and ordeals) tell stories of mountain, polar, jungle desert, aviation, and ocean adventure and exploration. They include inner passages such as soul-searching quests across deserts, evocative idylls, first encounters with primitive peoples, a report of North America's last "wild" Native American, and a few whimsical accounts that reveal the spontaneity at the heart of adventure. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

& Taylor

One hundred years of record breakers and boundary busters are chronicled in this collection of great travel and true adventure writing, from Tom Wolfe's description of Chuck Yeager's historic flight to Jon Krakauer's ill-advised ascent up the Devil's Thumb.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393050004
Branch Call Number: 910.92 POI
Characteristics: 608 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Roberts, David 1943-


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