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The Great Explorers of North America: Complete Biographies, Historical Documents, Journals & Letters

by Julius E. Olson, Edward Everett Hale, Elizabeth Hodges & Frederick A. Ober et al.

European colonization of America occurred as a result of the bravery and discoveries of great navigators, visionaries and adventurers. This carefully edited collection presents the lives of the most influential...


Budget Backpacking for Boomers

by Alastair Henry & Candas Whitlock

Perhaps you remember a time in your youth when you set off to see the world with only a pack on your back and limited funds in your pocket?

Well that’s what we did, but we did it when we were in our mid-sixties!...


The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits

by Tommy Caldwell

A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan   

“The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful...


Norton of Everest: The biography of E.F. Norton, soldier and mountaineer

by Hugh Norton & Wade Davis

Major Norton gave the order to fire two or three times … Their advanced machine gunners could be seen rushing forward and establishing themselves in commanding posts … Almost at once the ridge we...


AMERIGO VESPUCCI – Discover the Man Behind the Legend

by Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomé de las Casas, Christopher Columbus & Clements R. Markham

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus'...


The Life of Christopher Columbus – Discover The True Story of the Great Voyage & All the Adventures of the Infamous Explorer

by Christopher Columbus & Edward Everett Hale

To these days, the best authorities agree that the children and the grown people of the world have never been mistaken when they have said: “America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, a native...


Tracks Along the Left Coast

by Andrew Schelling

California, with its scores of native languages, contains a wealth of old time stories—a bedrock literature of North America. Jaime de Angulo’s linguistic and ethnographic work, his writings, as well as...


Two Years Before the Mast

by Richard Henry Dana

Graduating from Harvard in 1834, Richard Henry Dana, Jr.  enlisted as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim. He returned to Massachusetts two years later aboard the Alert (which left...


Rising Wolf, the White Blackfoot

by James Willard Schultz

"One of the greatest pleasures of my long life on the plains was my intimate friendship with Hugh Monroe, or Rising Wolf, whose tale of his first experiences upon the Saskatchewan-Missouri River plains is set...


A Ride to Khiva: Travels and Adventures in Central Asia

by Frederick Burnaby

It is 1875, the time of the 'Great Game', when the British and Russian Empires are vying for power in central Asia. Great Britain learns of Russia’s plans to annex India, the 'jewel in the crown' of the Empire....


How I Found Livingstone

by Henry M. Stanley

Riveting firsthand account of the long and arduous search by journalist/adventurer for one of the great explorers of the 19th century. A real-life adventure story that tells of incredible hardships — disease,...


Icefall: Adventures at the Wild Edges of Our Dangerous, Changing Planet

by John All & John Balzar

John All has survived encounters with black mamba snakes, run-ins with wild jungle animals, and a brush with death in an icy tomb. No one knows the outer limits of our changing planet quite like him.

In May 2014,...


A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf: A radical nature-travelogue from the founder of national parks

by John Muir & Terry Gifford

'Many a beautiful plant cultivated to deformity, and arranged in strict geometrical beds, the whole pretty affair a laborious failure side by side with divine beauty.'

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf is the...


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

by Michael Finkel

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not...


Never Quit

by Jimmy Settle & Don Rearden

“That Others May Live” is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska’s 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured...


Journal of a Trapper: Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains, 1834-1843

by Osborne Russell

In 1834, Osborne Russell joined an expedition from Boston, under the direction of Nathaniel J. Wyeth, which proceeded to the Rocky Mountains to capitalize on the salmon and fur trade. He would remain there,...


The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World

by Kim Dinan

What Would You Do with a Yellow Envelope?

After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money...


Magellan

by 50MINUTES.Com

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life of Ferdinand Magellan in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of Ferdinand Magellan. In early...


Francisco Pizarro

by 50MINUTES.Com

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life of Francisco Pizarro in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of Francisco Pizarro. In the 16th...


Amerigo Vespucci

by 50MINUTES.Com

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life of Amerigo Vespucci in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the life and expeditions of...