As Told at The Explorers Club: More Than Fifty Gripping Tales of Adventure

As Told at The Explorers Club: More Than Fifty Gripping Tales of Adventure

by George Plimpton
     
 

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For more than a century, The Explorers Club has been the meeting place for some of the most daring adventurers on the planet. It's a legendary oasis, where a man just back from the Gobi Desert might kick back and, over some port, have a chat with a fellow off to Bandung.

Here then, are some of the best tales ever swapped at that capital of adventure,

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For more than a century, The Explorers Club has been the meeting place for some of the most daring adventurers on the planet. It's a legendary oasis, where a man just back from the Gobi Desert might kick back and, over some port, have a chat with a fellow off to Bandung.

Here then, are some of the best tales ever swapped at that capital of adventure, including:

Anthony Fiola on being in close quarters with a polar bear
Charles Lindbergh on his famous flight
Felix Reisenberg on the Arctic
Anne Keenleyside, Ph. D. on cannibalism
Roald Amundsen on the explorer Stefansson
Mervyn Cowie on hunting killer lions
Jean-Marc Boivin on hang-gliding
Curtis and Kathleen Saville on oceanic rowing
E. W. Deming on Sitting Bull's mysterious death

It's some of the finest writing on some of the most hair-raising journeys ever made, all selected by editor George Plimpton, himself a member of The Explorers Club.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This entertaining collection is recommended for both academic and public libraries."— Library Journal
Library Journal
Founded in 1904, the Explorers Club is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting exploration and the field sciences. In this collection of stories and articles selected from its archives, Explorers Club member Plimpton, the recently deceased founder and editor of the Paris Review, offers readers a glimpse of its fascinating history in this latest installment of the publisher's "Explorers Club Classic" series. The selections are arranged geographically (e.g., "Asia," "Central America," and "Pacific Ocean") and vary in style, including both historic and firsthand accounts. Included are Charles Lindbergh writing on his famous flight, the African travels of Martin and Osa Johnson in the 1920s, Jean-Marc Boivin on hang-gliding, and W.H. Jackson describing bull-whacking across the American plains in 1866. Contrasting tales from the past with those that are more recent effectively demonstrates how the world and its exploration have changed. This entertaining collection is recommended for both academic and public libraries.-Alison Hopkins, Brantford P.L., Ont. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592280353
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Series:
Explorers Club Classic Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.58(d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE PLIMPTON, the originator of "participatory journalism," is the founder and editor of the renowned literary magazine The Paris Review. His books include Paper Lion (page TK), The Bogey Man (page TK), Open Net (page TK), Shadow Box (page TK), and Mad Ducks and Bears (page TK). He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 18, 1927
Date of Death:
September 25, 2003
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
New York, NY
Education:
B.A. in English Literature, Harvard University, 1950; Master's degree, Cambridge University, 1952

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