"Apsley Cherry-Garrard (known to his friends as "Cherry") was an adventurous,affluet young man when he paid 1-thousand pounds to accompany Scott on his ill-fated 1910 journey to Antarctica. His book is a classic of survival and determination."
"Speke... the mysterious friend/rival of Richard Burton.. claimed to have discovered the source of the Nile without Burton's help. The two were scheduled to debate the issue before the Royal Geographical Society, but the day before the debate Speke was killed in a hunting accident. Some people suspect suicide."
"Burton was a chameleon, able to blend in with his surroundings. He was a master of disguise, and with his linguistic ability (he spoke or read 29 languages) he was able to carry off his role as a spy for the British Empire dressed as a Persian trader, an Arab, or a Hindu."
"Gertrude Bell was a Renaissance Woman who was the first woman to graduate with a "First" from Oxford; spoke several languages, and served as a diplomat in the 1920's. She committed suicide at the age of 36."
"Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson to chart the great territory acquired from France in the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark set off from St.Louis (?) to the West, with native guides and incredible resourcefulness and daring."
"The little known 1838-1842 expedition that charted the South Pacific, discovered Antarctica, and became the precursor to the Smithsonian... led by a headstrong Navy officer who was court-martialed for abusing his men."