BN.com Gift Guide

Adventurer's Handbook: Life Lessons from History's Great Explorers

Overview

What makes a good explorer? Adaptability, ambition, stamina, self-belief, doggedness, curiosity, optimism, authority, hardiness — and fund-raising ability.

A powerful punch of self-help, how-to, popular history, and humor. In this celebration of the glory days of exploration, Mick Conefrey takes a new look at the larger-than-life tales of many famous American and European adventurers. He pulls practical advice from their original diaries and logs stories of endurance and ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • Used (22) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 3
Showing 1 – 10 of 22 (3 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(60911)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Find out why millions of customers rave about Better World Books. Experience the best customer care and a 100% ... satisfaction guarantee. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Mishawaka, IN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(23964)

Condition: Good
Our feedback rating says it all: Five star service and fast delivery! We have shipped four million items to happy customers, and have one MILLION unique items ready to ship today!

Ships from: Toledo, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(25693)

Condition: Good
Giving great service since 2004: Buy from the Best! 4,000,000 items shipped to delighted customers. We have 1,000,000 unique items ready to ship! Find your Great Buy today!

Ships from: Toledo, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(1246)

Condition: Good
Good book, great price! We ship daily via USPS. Buy with the best! BN

Ships from: Toledo, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(5741)

Condition: Very Good
This book shows minor wear and is in very good condition. Blue Cloud Books ??? Hot deals from the land of the sun.

Ships from: Phoenix, AZ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(1363)

Condition: Good
2006 Hardcover Good No dust jacket. Possible defects such as light shelving wear may exist. May have minor creasing, writing, stickers and/or residue. COAS Books, A Bookstore ... for Everyone. Buy with confidence-Satisfaction Guaranteed! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(49)

Condition: Good
This item is gently used in good or better condition. If it is a textbook it may not have supplements. It may have some moderate wear and possibly include previous owner's name, ... some markings and/or is a former library book. We ship within 1 business day and offer no hassle returns. Big Hearted Books shares its profits with schools, churches and non-profit groups throughout New England. Thank you for your support! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Sharon, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(11076)

Condition: Good
Dust Cover Missing. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. A tradition of southern quality and service. All books ... guaranteed at the Atlanta Book Company. Our mailers are 100% recyclable. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Atlanta, GA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(6928)

Condition: Very Good
Nice condition with minor indications of previous handling. Book selection as BIG as Texas.

Ships from: Dallas, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$3.50
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(8)

Condition: Good
2006 Hardcover Good : Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, and may ... not include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Columbus, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 3
Showing 1 – 10 of 22 (3 pages)
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

What makes a good explorer? Adaptability, ambition, stamina, self-belief, doggedness, curiosity, optimism, authority, hardiness — and fund-raising ability.

A powerful punch of self-help, how-to, popular history, and humor. In this celebration of the glory days of exploration, Mick Conefrey takes a new look at the larger-than-life tales of many famous American and European adventurers. He pulls practical advice from their original diaries and logs stories of endurance and survival, such as Thor Heyerdahl's crossing of the Pacific in a raft and Robert Peary's heroic North Pole adventure. All expeditions are essentially projects that have to be managed. Teams have to be selected, equipped, and motivated. Goals have to be set and crises have to be overcome. For example — some believed that it was always important to include in an expedition someone whom everyone else disliked because it would give focus to their complaints and help them bond. The book is chuck full of useful information, such as what to do if you are attacked by an anaconda—you wait until it is has swallowed you up to your knees and then you reach down and cut its head off. The instructions are very clear about not panicking in this situation.

In addition to the wonderful characters and stories you will find many lessons on how to be an explorer and what it takes to set sail without a clear path home.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060849986
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mick Conefrey is a filmmaker who has made award-winning documentaries on Arctic exploration and Himalayan mountaineering. He recently produced the BBC’s anniversary film to commemorate the first ascent of Everest in 1953. This is his third book.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

The Adventurer's Handbook

Life Lessons from History's Great Explorers
By Mick Conefrey

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Mick Conefrey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060849983

Chapter One

Getting Started

What makes an explorer?

Explorers come in all shapes and sizes, literally and metaphorically. Henry Morton Stanley was small and stocky, Fridtjof Nansen was tall and thin, Fanny Bullock Workman was round and tubby. The American explorer Robert Peary advised in his book The Secrets of Polar Travel that the ideal Arctic explorer should weigh 2-2 1/2 pounds (0.9-1.125 kilograms) for every inch of height and warned that tall men were a liability -- they ate too much, needed too much clothing, and took up too much space in a tent. He also added that, whenever possible, he had selected blonds for his expeditions, ignoring the fact that on all of his Arctic trips he had been accompanied by an Afro-American manservant Matthew Henson. Obviously Henson wasn't in on the secret.

It is equally hard to pin down the archetypal explorer. Some have been tyrants, others team players; some were solitary, others gregarious. Reading through the biographies of nineteenth- and twentieth-century explorers, it is hard to find many common threads. On the contrary, it is striking just how diverse their backgrounds were. They began their careers asengineers, missionaries, sailors, soldiers, journalists, and beekeepers the list goes on. Quite a lot came from the military for the obvious reason that the armed forces were keen on exploration. More intriguingly, a number of explorers came from troubled family backgrounds and several of them lost their fathers at an early age. Almost all of the polar explorers were men; female explorers seemed to be more interested in Africa and the Middle East.

Many were motivated by the desire for fame. At the age of 17, Edward Whymper, the Victorian mountaineer, confided to his diary that he was hoping to become "the great person of my day"; on the other side of the Atlantic, at the age of 29, a desperate Robert Peary admitted in a letter to his mother that he simply "must have fame." A lot of explorers professed in later life to have felt a sense of destiny, a sense that they were cut out to do important things. Others admitted that they "liked the life"; when the Scottish explorer John McDouall Stuart returned from his attempt to cross Australia, he had become so used to sleeping outdoors that he scorned his bed and took to sleeping in the garden.

Some explorers never hung up their rucksacks; others found that they could use their skills to carve out successful careers in completely different fields. Quite a few former explorers finished life as politicians. Their fame got them a foot in the door but their skills as communicators and organizers turned them into successes. Many of today's mountaineers and explorers have made a lucrative career as motivational speakers, spending more time speaking to businessmen than lecturing at the Royal Geographical Society. It is easy to be cynical about this, but to do so is to miss the point that, essentially, all expeditions are projects that have to be managed. Teams have to be selected, equipped, and motivated. Goals have to be set and crises have to be overcome. The physical risks may be greater and the rewards may be less tangible, but it all comes down to knowing what you want and giving yourself the best chance of getting it.

So what makes a good explorer? Adaptability, ambition, stamina, self-belief, doggedness, curiosity, optimism, authority, hardiness ... but before all these come into play, you have to be good at raising money.

Raising Funds
I shall tell you what you will do. Draw a thousand pounds now; and then when you have gone through that, draw another thousand; and when that is spent, draw another thousand; and when you have finished that, draw another thousand, and so on; but FIND LIVINGSTONE.
J. GORDON BENNET'S INSTRUCTIONS
TO H. M. STANLEY

When J. Gordon Bennet, the famous proprietor of the New York Herald, sent Henry Morton Stanley off in search of Dr. Livingstone, money was no object. There are few explorers who have had it so easy. Funding is, and always was, a perpetual problem. Getting over this first hurdle requires ingenuity, perseverance, and luck. It is one of those times where your people skills come to the fore: how do you persuade benefactors to part with large sums of cash to enable you to realize your dream?

Paying Your Own Way

The Duke of Abruzzi paid his own way, and that of a large retinue of supporters, to the Arctic, the Mountains of the Moon, and the slopes of K2. He was the grandson of the King of ltaly and money was rarely an issue. The British explorer Samuel Baker had a large private fortune that he used to fund his expeditions to Africa. He even paid for his own wife, Florence, after bidding for her at a Turkish slave auction. Their personal wealth gave Abruzzi and Baker a lot of freedom, but few twentieth-century explorers were so lucky; at one point or another, most of them had to tap an external source for money.

What Your Country Can Do For You

The Royal Navy funded many of the most glorious episodes in the history of British exploration. Cook, Vancouver, and Flinders are just three of the naval officers whose voyages of discovery helped to re-draw the map of the world. But the navy also funded some of the most inglorious episodes, the polar expeditions of Franklin and Nares being well-known examples. The problem was that naval patronage invariably came with strings attached. Patrons had to be indulged, officers had to be taken on who weren't suitable for the job, equipment had to be used because "that's how they did it" in the navy. On a smaller scale, though, the military is often worth approaching by independent explorers for equipment and sundry favors. Thor Heyerclalil was able to persuade the British and U.S. Military to donate equipment and rations to the Kon-Tiki expedition by offering to road-test them in the mid-Pacific.

Continues...


Excerpted from The Adventurer's Handbook by Mick Conefrey Copyright ©2006 by Mick Conefrey. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)