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

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

by Mark Jenkins
     
 

"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

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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 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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"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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426200441
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
04/17/2007
Series:
National Geographic Traveler Series
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,058,119
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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