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Explorers: From the Ancient World to the Present

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From the migrations of Homo erectus to the exploration of space, man has continually reached beyond his natural boundaries to discover unknown lands. Follow the footsteps of Alexander the Great's epic military expedition through central Asia and India; voyage to the south of the American continent and learn how Magellan discovered the strait that bears his name; travel to the United States, where Lewis and Clark explored the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains; and journey to the Antarctic to witness the bittersweet...
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Overview

From the migrations of Homo erectus to the exploration of space, man has continually reached beyond his natural boundaries to discover unknown lands. Follow the footsteps of Alexander the Great's epic military expedition through central Asia and India; voyage to the south of the American continent and learn how Magellan discovered the strait that bears his name; travel to the United States, where Lewis and Clark explored the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains; and journey to the Antarctic to witness the bittersweet race between Scott and Amundsen to reach the South Pole.

In addition, hand-drawn maps and expedition journals chronicle the gradual discovery of the world through the eyes and voices of the individuals who turned their backs on conventional society to embrace the unknown.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The urge to explore surely is deeply rooted in the human psyche. In the opening pages of this magnificently illustrated tribute to the history of exploration, anthropologist and explorer Alberto Salza, speaking to Novaresio, a specialist in the methodology of exploration, links the exploratory urge to, in children, the need to "learn very quickly" all that the child requires "for survival," and, in adults, to the activity of play. From this theoretical base, Novaresio launches into a brisk but very wide-ranging historical survey of exploration, from the earliest migrations of Homo erectus through the Apollo moon missions and beyond. In large part, he centers his text around the exploits of famed explorers: Alexander the Great, Columbus, James Cook, Lewis and Clark, Richard Burton, Robert Peary, Edmund Hillary and many others make dramatic appearances here. The text is perforce sketchy in parts; the deep-sea missions of William Beebe and Auguste Piccard, for instance, are dispensed with in one paragraph and a few pictures. But the real draw to this book isn't the text but the 640 illustrations-a cornucopia of drawings, paintings, photos and maps, 400 in color, rhythmically integrated with the text and reproduced in strong lines and vibrant tones. This isn't the definitive history of exploration, but it may be the book about exploration that readers will enjoy exploring above all others. (Nov.)
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In "National Geographic" style, this oversize volume traces in narrative and lavish color images and maps historic paths of discovery. Beginning with the migration of "Homo Erectus" out of Africa, peripatetic historian Novaresto follows Alexander the Great's epic trans-Asian military expeditions and Lewis and Clark's Northwest Passage-seeking quest, to the more recent flag-raising adventures on Mt. Everest by Edmund Hillary and on the moon by Neil Armstrong. Except for Corps of Discovery Indian guide Sacajawea, women are noted only as place names or voyage-financing Queen Isabella; at least they did not meet the fate of Captain Cook. 10x14<"> Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788854400085
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2004
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 13.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paolo Novaresio graduated in contemporary history and for more than 20 years has been a full-time traveler. Recently he has concentrated his research in Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. He lives and works in Turin, Nairobi, and Johannesburg.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Homo Erectus: A Migratory Animal
Ch. 2 The Voyages of the Ancients
Ch. 3 Faith and Commerce: Asia Revealed
Ch. 4 The Route to the Indies: The Portuguese Navigators
Ch. 5 The Fatal Error: Columbus Discovers America
Ch. 6 The Other Side of the Coin: The Arabs and the Chinese
Ch. 7 Magellan and the First Circumnavigation of the Globe
Ch. 8 Adventurers in the Americas
Ch. 9 Searching for a Northern Passage
Ch. 10 The Pacific: A Scientific Paradise
Ch. 11 Alexander von Humboldt: The Triumph of Science
Ch. 12 Go West: Crossing North America
Ch. 13 The Empty Continent
Ch. 14 Africa: The Last Great Enigma
Ch. 15 The Holy City: The Last Romantic Legend
Ch. 16 The North Pole
Ch. 17 The South Pole
Ch. 18 On the Top of the World: Hillary and Everest
Ch. 19 Modern Exploration
Index
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
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