Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century

Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century

by David Roberts (Editor)


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"A great treasure-trove of daunting human courage, frailty, and persistence in the face of the unknown."—Library Journal

From Robert Falcon Scott's final journal entry to Jon Krakauer's reckless solo climb of the Devil's Thumb, David Roberts and the editors of Outside have gathered the most enduring adventure literature of the century into one heart-stopping volume. A frigid winter ascent of Mount McKinley; the vastness of Arabia's Empty Quarter; the impossibly thin air at Everest's summit; the deadly black pressure of an underwater cave; a desperate escape through a Norwegian winter—these and thirty-six other stories recount the minutes, hours, and days of lives pushed to the brink. But there is more to adventure than hair's-breadth escapes. By turns charming and tragic, whimsical and nerve-racking, this extraordinary collection gets to the heart of why adventure stories enthrall us. Includes works by Sebastian Junger, Jon Krakauer, Edward Abbey, Tim Cahill, Edward Hoagland, Ernest Shackleton, Freya Stark, and Wilfred Thesiger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393323788
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Series: Outside Books Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 351,261
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Roberts is the award-winning author of thirty books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His recent book Alone on the Wall, coauthored with rock climber Alex Honnold, was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Free Solo. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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