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DK Illustrated Book of Great Adventures: Tales of Real-Life Adventurers Throughout History Hardcover – September 15, 1999

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About the Author

Richard Platt completed a degree in graphic design. In 1980 he began a career as a freelance writer, creating books on many diverse subjects, including photography, ornithology, and smuggling. Platt worked with Stephen Biesty on the best-selling Incredible Cross-Sections, Cross-Sections Man-of-War, Cross-Sections Castle, and Incredible Explosions, and with Brian Delf on In The Beginning.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (September 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789444615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789444615
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,123,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Richard Platt has written books on a number of subjects as varied as photography, ornithology and smuggling. In this exciting collection of adventure stories, he dramatically recounts the true-life exploits of outstandingly brave individuals who pushed themselves to the limits of endurance.

There are three sections:

Discovery, Conquest and Loot
Dangerous Times in Wild Lands
To the Ends of the Earth and Beyond

Many of the stories are about the restless urge to wander, while others focus on desires to be famous or rich. For some adventurers, the hunger for excitement for life itself is what spurs them on to new territories and challenges.

"In 1963, scientists dug up 1,000-year-old Viking objects in Newfoundland, Canada.This suggests that Vikings-perhaps even "Lucky" Leif Eriksson-really did visit America five centuries before Christopher Columbus." -pg. 7

Adventurers include: Hannibal, Leif Eriksson, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Hernan Cortes, Benvenuto Cellini, Miguel de Cerbantes, Moll Cutpurse, Claude Duval, Alexander Selkirk, Blackbeard, James Cook, Alexander von Humboldt, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, Rene Caillie, Lakshmi Bai, Burke and Wills, Ned Kelly, Mary Kingsley, Amundsen and Scott, Manfred von Richthofen, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Thor Heyerdahl, Hillary and Tenzing, Yuri Gagarin and Armstrong and Aldrin.

Some of the most interesting stories:

Voyage around the Cape - where it is said Vasco da Gama threw the charts and navigational instruments into the sea and declared he did not need a navigator because God alone was the master and pilot. Days later, they rounded the Cape and turned northward, up Africa's east coast.
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By A Customer on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Illustrated Book of Great Adventures by George Sharp features a full-color jacket with drawings, paintings and photographs of great adventures. Inside it presents the activities and accomplishments of great adventurers throughout history, including the Viking explorer, Leif Erikson, and astronaut Neil Armstrong. It is very interesting with lots of full-color realistic drawings and paintings on every page to satisfy the most hungry young adventurer. A great picture book!
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I wouldn't call this book especially well-written. Writing could be more exciting and colorful. Also, it's mostly white man heroes with tokens thrown in. Such is history.
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This was a gift, so I don't know.
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