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Nonfiction accounts of historical and contemporary expeditions to remote regions.

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  Cover Art: Dead Reckoning: Great Adventure Writing from the Golden Age of Exploration 1800-1900 Dead Reckoning: Great Adventure Writing from the Golden Age of Exploration 1800-1900
Collects top nineteenth-century discovery voyage stories, including those about Fridtjof Nansen's solitary walk to the North Pole, Mary Kingsley's forays into the West African jungle, and Richard Burton's forbidden pilgrimage to Mecca.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition Alexander, Caroline
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, the author illustrates how Ernest Shackleton saved his 27-member Antarctic expedition after their ship, the Endurance, was crushed in an ice pack. Shackleton sailed 800 miles in an open lifeboat to reach help and rescue his crew. Includes striking original black-and-white photographs by the expedition's photographer.
1998
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West Ambrose, Stephen E.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Ambrose vividly reconstructs the 2,000 mile Lewis and Clark expedition. In addition to exploring and laying claim to the west, Lewis and Clark undertook one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions ever. The author uses the explorers' journals to recreate encounters with Indian tribes, river travel, mountain portages, and battles with insects, animals and weather.
1996
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica Arnesen, Liv
No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica
Ann Bancroft, of Minnesota, and Liv Arnesen, of Norway, were the first women to trek by foot across Antarctica. Here they tell the inspiring story of their treacherous but victorious expedition.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: To the End of the Earth : Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson Avery, Tom
To the End of the Earth : Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson
Avery tells the story of how his team covered 413 nautical miles to the North Pole in thirty-six days and twenty-two hours—some four hours faster than Peary. Weaving fascinating polar exploration history with thrilling extreme adventure, this is Avery’s story of how he and his team nearly gave their lives proving Peary told the truth.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Man Who Ate His Boots : The History of the Search for the Northwest Passage Brandt, Anthony
The Man Who Ate His Boots : The History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
Documents the experiences of 19th-century adventurers who searched for the Northwest Passage, describing their varied backgrounds, the 16th-century myths that inspired their pursuits and the ways in which many met tragic ends when confronting the harsh Arctic elements.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Adrift : Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea Callahan, Steven
Adrift : Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea
1986
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon Dolnick, Edward
Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
Trying to map the Colorado and Green Rivers, Powell led a team of Civil War veterans in rowboats through the Grand Canyon. Despite their lack of experience in navigating dangerous rapids, Powell and some of his men survived. This account of their expedition is based on their journals.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Ghosts of Everest: the Search for Mallory Irvine Hemmleb, Jochen
Ghosts of Everest: the Search for Mallory Irvine
Did Mallory and Irvine reach Everest's summit 30 years before Hillary and Tenzing? This work presents the story of Mallory and Irvine's last climb and of the team of climbers and researchers who found the body of Britain's greatest mountaineer. Written by the three key members of the team, it presents an unfolding of the expeditions.
1999
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wreck of the Batavia Leys, Simon
The Wreck of the Batavia
Traces the harrowing 1629 shipwreck of nearly three hundred survivors on small islands off the coast of western Australia who found themselves at the mercy of a visionary psychopath and his team of supporters, a group that brutalized the survivors before eventually slaughtering them in an organized massacre.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Alone : Orphaned On the Ocean Logan, Richard D.
Alone : Orphaned On the Ocean
Co-authored by a renowned psychologist and survival expert, this book delves into the details of how a little girl survived the at-sea murder of her family; the pod of whales who guarded her; and the aftermath and the recapturing of life.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Fatal Journey : the Final Expedition of Henry Hudson--a Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic Mancall, Peter C.
Fatal Journey : the Final Expedition of Henry Hudson--a Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic
Examines the events of English explorer Henry Hudson's final expedition in the winter of 1610 and the mutiny that followed; resulting in Hudson, his son, and other crew members being forced off the boat and sent adrift in the frigid Hudson Bay.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Titanic's Last Secrets : the Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler Matsen, Bradford
Titanic's Last Secrets : the Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler
Previously undiscovered wreckage from the Titanic suggests that the doomed ship may have broken in half while nearly horizontal and gone down before most of the passengers knew what was happening.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last Gentleman Adventurer: Coming of Age in the Arctic Maurice, Edward Beauclerk
The Last Gentleman Adventurer: Coming of Age in the Arctic
At 16, the author, signed up with the Hundson's Bay Company, the Company of Gentlemen Adventureres, and ended up at an isolated trading post in the Candian Artic, where there was no communicaiton with the outside world and only one ship arrived each year. But the Inuit people who traded there taught him how to track polar bears, build igloos, and survive expeditions in the ferocious winter storms.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Frozen Ship: The Histories and Tales of Polar Exploration Moss, Sarah
The Frozen Ship: The Histories and Tales of Polar Exploration
This thought-provoking examination of the most influential and popular accounts of polar exploration—from Viking settlers and Renaissance conquerors to expeditions led by such famous explorers as Ernest Shackleton, Richard Byrd, and Roald Amundsen—emphasizes themes of endurance, greed, obsession, and self-sacrifice in tales that have captured the popular imagination for centuries.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk Niven, Jennifer
The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk
Based on the diaries of those who were rescued and those who perished, this is the chilling true story of the "Karluk's" doomed 1913 exploration of the Arctic and the heroic efforts of the ship's captain, the Ice Master, who traveled by foot through Siberia to find help.
2000
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Tropic of Capricorn : a Remarkable Journey to the Forgotten Corners of the World Reeve, Simon
Tropic of Capricorn : a Remarkable Journey to the Forgotten Corners of the World
Spanning 23,000 miles, the Tropic of Capricorn marks the southernmost border of the tropics and is a place of both amazing beauty and overwhelming human suffering. Starting in Africa and heading east through Australia and South America, Simon Reeve conducts a mammoth expedition along the entire length of the tropic in this thrilling account.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Dancing On Ice Scott, Jeremy
Dancing On Ice
Scott recounts the gripping adventures of 14 men (including the author's father and uncle) who, in 1930, under the leadership of young British explorer Gino Watkins, set off on an arctic exploration to aid in establishing an air route between Europe and North America.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Living with Cannibals and Other Women's Adventures Slung, Michele B.
Living with Cannibals and Other Women's Adventures
Culled from the National Geographic's archives, these accounts depict the exploits of 19th and 20th century women explorers as they journey to remote regions of the earth, ocean and sky.
2000
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Blind Descent : the Quest to Discover the Deepest Place On Earth Tabor, James M.
Blind Descent : the Quest to Discover the Deepest Place On Earth
...as late as 2000, the earth’s deepest cave—the supercave—remained undiscovered. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong.In 2004, two great scientist-explorers are attempting to find the bottom of the world.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
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