The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places

The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places

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by John Keay
     
 

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The romance and danger of the great explorers' daring expeditions captured the public imagination and the world's headlines to an extraordinary degree. Journalists vied for their stories, and publishers rushed their first-hand accounts of exciting and dangerous journeys into print for a wide and voracious readership.

Acclaimed travel historian John Keay

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The romance and danger of the great explorers' daring expeditions captured the public imagination and the world's headlines to an extraordinary degree. Journalists vied for their stories, and publishers rushed their first-hand accounts of exciting and dangerous journeys into print for a wide and voracious readership.

Acclaimed travel historian John Keay introduces this selection of the best of these first-hand narratives, including:

David Livingstone's exploration of the headwaters of the mighty river Congo with Henry Stanley, the New York Herald journalist who went in search of him

Alexander Mackenzie's first recorded crossing of the North American continent

Hiram Bingham's discovery of the magnificent Inca city of Machu Picchu

Wilfred Thesiger's crossing of Arabia's forbidding Empty Quarter with Bedouin companions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762438457
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.34(h) x 1.34(d)

Meet the Author


John Keay is a writer, living in Argyll, Scotland.

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fin_bheara More than 1 year ago
I am still in the process of reading the stories in this book, but I do highly recommend it. The book contains choice accounts and logs of explorers from throughout history, some of whom are very well known and there are some that I had not heard of before. The book is broken down into different regions of the world, with the explorer's own account of they're journeys there. Note that these stories are not the explorer's complete accounts of their travels-the author selected what he thought was the best part of their experiences (most explorer's complete accounts would fill an entire novel; Ernest Shackleton is a good example with his book-"South: The Endurance Expedition.) I find that this book is very interesting and informative and is enjoyable to read about as well. Anyone who has an interest in history and especially about explorers and exploration will like this book.