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Explore: Stories of Survival from Off the Map (Adrenaline) Paperback – September 7, 2000

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These 19 masterful adventure tales span five centuries of exploration. There is an excerpt from Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca's account of his sixteenth-century journey to the region north of the Gulf of Mexico, first published in Spain in 1542. There are stories of visits to the Liawep, a "lost tribe" living in the New Guinea jungle, and to the Ecuadorian Amazon, looking for a tribe of headhunters. Other exotic tales include a search for an ancient lost city once inhabited by the cliff-dwelling Anasazi in New Mexico and a search for the legendary capital city of the Inca civilization in Peru. An unsuccessful voyage to the North Pole in 1893 is matched with an expedition in 1932 in which two explorers climbed to more than 16,000 feet in East Africa's Ruwenzori mountains. And also appearing is an excerpt from the late novelist Harold Brodkey's journal that he kept after learning in 1993 that he was dying of AIDS. George Cohen
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Editor Jennifer Schwamm Willis grew up next door to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She graduated from Princeton in 1979, and has worked as a designer, teacher and editor. She lives in Maine with her husband and their two sons. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (September 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560252782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560252788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,476,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy Entwistle on October 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
EXPLORE adds 18 well-selected tales of adventure to the Adrenaline series. They blend of humor, like Tim Cahill's Peruvian expedition with two eccentric companions; dangerous adventure, including A.N. de Vaca's exploration of America in the early 1500's; and more scholarly accounts, such as David Roberts' search for lost cliff dwellings in New Mexico. The best feature of this book, and the series as a whole, is that it exposes us to writings that we would otherwise never see. Ms Schwamm has cast her net widely and hauled in four centuries of engaging exploration stories. Some are excerpted from works out of print, but the bibliography makes it possible to track these books down if you must hear the rest of the story. So why only four stars? As a collector of the entire series, I find this volume less spine-tingling than the rest, with fewer stories of death-defying danger, which is okay - not all exploration involves a struggle to survive if you go about it properly. If you like National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, this is a book for you.
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Full on interesting and amazing stories. I am always on the look out for stories of survival. This book is a collection of survival stories that will keep you interested and wanting more.
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By Idell M. Cook on February 14, 2015
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Good stories
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