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Explorers: Tales of Endurance and Exploration Hardcover – September 20, 2010

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"This book is addictive. Once you start looking at the pictures and reading the text, it is hard to put it down. Armchair explorers and libraries with exploration collections should purchase." -- Library Journal (STARRED Review), November 2010
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing; 1st Printing edition (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756667372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756667375
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a beautiful book. The pages are glossy and very well illustrated. The information is well written. It is interesting and you can turn to any page and learn interesting things about the world's most daring and courageous people. This is a very nice addition to anyone's library.
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Your a big modern explorer. You have been on many an adventure. You have the best 'north face, Columbia, Rei' gear. You have scaled mountains with an great guide. You have driven a Jeep through Baja. Wow you have a motorcycle.

So you think your tough. . . Did you ever cross the Sahara on camel? Lander did in 1827.
So you say your tough. . . . Did you ever hike right up the middle of Australia? Stuart did in 1861.
So you got a nice big sailboat. So did Cook. He took it around the world over to Easter island.
Oh you've hiked the front range. Fremont hiked through and around the whole mountain range of the west. Yep a big fat circle. Denver up to Vancouver down to Baja and across Texas back to St. Louis in 1843. We really admire those brave journalists there in Iraq. Gertrude Bell beat them by 100 years.

All right all right what am I gettin at. This is a fantastic comprehensive book about the toughest explorers that ever lived. Legends the likes of Amundsen, Humboldt, Shakleton, Hillary, Lawrence, and hundreds of others in a bold beautiful book. Filled with adventure tales, vintage photos, maps, data, trivia. Lands distant and dangerous.

Men and women who reached extremes that we would find harrowing even in today's age. They lived by the adage 'i am prepared to go ANYWHERE, provided it be forward'. A big handsome glossy book that would make a great gift for any armchair adventurer.
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A Kid's Review on January 20, 2011
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One of the best DK books available! It's absolutely awesome! Includes many less known explorers who braved the elements, cannibals, animals, or any other odds that they needed to face. It's great!!!
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I only got about a quarter of the way through this book before I stopped reading it. There were several errors; the one that topped it off for me was an long, incorrect explanation of how a sextant is used and what it is used for.
I recently completed a course in celestial navigation, that included complete training and rather exhaustive practice in using this instrument, so I'm quite familiar with it.
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Beautiful illustrations and engaging stories. Nice review of history in pleasing bites. The publisher knows what he's doing in this genre of informative, illustrated, large format, coffee-table-like books.
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