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Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure from National Geographic

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"These stories are like potato chips; one is never enough, and they're all but impossible not to devour in rapid succession. Moreover, they lend themselves to repeat reading..." —Library Journal

"Suiting the armchair as well as they did as long as a century ago, these articles will be popular indeed." —Booklist

Worlds to Explore evokes that bygone era in which the pages of National Geographic were as close as most people could get to high ...

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Overview

"These stories are like potato chips; one is never enough, and they're all but impossible not to devour in rapid succession. Moreover, they lend themselves to repeat reading..." —Library Journal

"Suiting the armchair as well as they did as long as a century ago, these articles will be popular indeed." —Booklist

Worlds to Explore evokes that bygone era in which the pages of National Geographic were as close as most people could get to high adventure and faraway lands. The 54 tales reproduced here immerse today's readers in wonder and thrill of exploration before the age of mass tourism. Along with notable explorers such as Edmund Hillary, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Teddy Roosevelt, other less famous travelers take us to places few Americans had ventured before. We follow as "An Unbeliever Joins the Hadj," trek "Across Tibet from India to China," and take "A Round Trip to Davy Jones's Locker."

Introduced by brief essays that provide context and perspective, these engaging selections speak for themselves—and trace the National Geographic Society's growth as it explored the unknown and brought it home to readers eager for knowledge of "the world and all that is in it."

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Editorial Reviews

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"These stories are like potato chips; one is never enough, and they're all but impossible not to devour in rapid succession... Highly recommended." –Library Journal

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Library Journal
National Geographic publications have a reputation for both engaging and inspiring their readers, and this title is no exception. Culled from early issues of National Geographic by editor Jenkins (chief historian of the archives division at National Geographic), these riveting narratives transport the reader to distinctive geographical areas all over the globe. The narrators share a common quest for adventure and travel as they recount tales of natural disasters, early air travel, primitive exploration, and summit quests. But each individual's writing reveals a unique voice and experience, whether it be Eliza Scidmore's in her account of Japan's tsunami of 1896 or Ruth Robertson's on Venezuela's Angel Falls. Throughout, life-or-death experiences occur frequently. Readers feel the vicarious thrill of an African hunt, experience exile in Siberia, and take phenomenal treks via all modes of transport. These stories are like potato chips; one is never enough, and they're all but impossible not to devour in rapid succession. Moreover, they lend themselves to repeat reading, have broad appeal, and will be equally enjoyed in the years to come. Highly recommended.-Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ont. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426200441
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/17/2007
  • Series: National Geographic Traveler Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 856,861
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Jenkins, chief historian of the National Geographic Society's archives, has in all likelihood read every single article ever published in the magazine. Among other accomplishments, he is the co-author of High Adventure, an illustrated history of the Society.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The world of Africa 1
Wild man & wild beast in Africa 2
Elephant hunting in equatorial Africa 11
At the tomb of Tutankhamen 17
Adventures in Eastern Darfur 25
Crossing the Libyan desert 32
Cario to Cape Town, Overland 41
Three-wheeling through Africa 49
Pt. 2 Remote corners of the Russian empire 55
An island in the sea of history : the highlands of Daghestan 56
Life in the great desert of Central Asia 64
The Afghan borderland : the Persian frontier 64
With an exile in Arctic Siberia 76
Pt. 3 The Middle East 85
Persian caravan sketches 86
Crossing Asia Minor 95
Into burning Hadhramaut 102
An unbeliever joins the Hadj 111
Old and new in Persia 119
Back to Afghanistan 124
Pt. 4 Along China's turbulent frontiers 129
The land of the yellow lama 130
Experiences of a lone geographer 130
By coolie and caravan across Central Asia 144
The desert road to Turkestan 152
From the Mediterranean to the Yellow Sea by motor 161
Explorations in the Gobi Desert 170
Pt. 5 The Himalayan realm 177
Tiger-hunting in India 178
Across Tibet from India to China 186
Caught in the Assam-Tibet earthquake 193
Triumph on Everest 202
Pt. 6 The Far East 215
The recent earthquake wave on the coast of Japan 216
Here in Manchuria 221
Among the big knot Lois of Hainan 229
Pt. 7 The Malay archipelago 237
By motor through Sumatra 238
The Island of Nias, at the edge of the world 245
Keeping house in Borneo 254
Pt. 8 Alaskan adventures 261
A narrative of the St. Elias expedition of 1890 262
The valley of ten thousand smokes 270
Pt. 9 Along old Spanish roads 279
Along the old Spanish road in Mexico 280
Buenos Aires to Washington by horse 289
Pt. 10 Lost worlds of the Amazon and Orinoco 297
Exploring the valley of the Amazon in a hydroplane 298
A journey by jungle rivers to the home of the cock-of-the-rock 305
Jungle journey to the world's highest waterfall 314
Pt. 11 Seas and islands 321
Rounding the horn in a Windjammer 322
Sailing forbidden coasts 330
Pearl fishing in the Red Sea 339
Turning back time in the South Seas 348
They survived at sea 357
Pt. 12 New worlds to explore 365
From London to Australia by aeroplane 366
The conquest of Antarctica by air 375
Flying around the North Atlantic 384
A round trip to Davy Jones's locker 394
A half mile down 394
Exploring the stratosphere 402
Man's farthest aloft 402
Camera under the sea 411
I found the bones of the bounty 411
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