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Sir Walter Raleigh

by Raleigh Trevelyan

An enthralling new biography of the most exciting and charismatic adventurer in the history of the English-speaking world

Tall, dark, handsome, and damnably proud, Sir Walter Raleigh was one of history's most...


Rowing Against the Wind

by Angela Madsen

In September of 1993, at the age of 33, Angela Madsen underwent back surgery for an injury she sustained while on duty in the military. Her goal was to be walking and surfing within one year but the surgery...


Socialist Dreams and Beauty Queens: A Couchsurfer's Adventures in the New Venezuela

by Jamie Maslin

Couchsurfer, hitchhiker, and rogue wanderer Jamie Maslin embarks on a couchsurfing adventure to the homeland of “firebrand,” “populist,” “anti-American” president Hugo Chavez: the Bolivarian Republic...


True Spirit: The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World

by Jessica Watson

True Spirit is Jessica Watson's own account of becoming, at just sixteen, the youngest person to ever sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the globe.

Now back in Australia after two hundred and ten harrowing...


Ships of Wood and Men of Iron: A Norwegian-Canadian Saga of Exploration in the High Arctic

by Gerard Kenney

A history of explorations of the Arctic in Canada, beginning with Otto Sverdrups 18981902 Norwegian expedition.


Dangerous Passage: Issues in the Arctic

by Gerard Kenney

The story of the opening up of the Northwest Passage and the ensuing potential risks to the Arctic environment and Canadian sovereignty are explored.


The Northern Horizons of Guy Blanchet: Intrepid Surveyor, 1884-1966

by Gwyneth Hoyle

Guy Blanchet mapped large areas of the Barrens by canoe and soon became caught up in pioneer northern aviation. He did not seek adventure, but it often found him.


Arctic Naturalist: The Life of J. Dewey Soper

by Anthony Dalton

J. Dewey Soper was the last of the great pioneer naturalists in Canada, spending many years in the Arctic where he discovered the breeding grounds of the blue goose and charted the final unknown region of Baffin...


George Simpson: Blaze of Glory

by D.T. Lahey

Born in Scotland and trained as a sugar broker in England, Sir George Simpson was appointed as governor of Ruperts Land and the Indian territories in 1820. By his friendliness, strict discipline, and vigorous...


The Sound Of Wings

by Mary S. Lovell

When Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 during her attempted flight around the world, she was already known as America's most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for...


Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler

by Paul Bauer & Mark Dawidziak

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER SILVER MEDAL WINNER 2012 IN BIOGRAPHY & IBPA/BEN FRANKLIN AWARD FINALIST 2012 IN BIOGRAPHY"Bauer and Dawidziak tell the story cleanly, with pace, some verve and very impressive research....


Buffalo Bill's Life Story: An Autobiography

by W. F. Cody

Thrilling yarns of buffalo hunts, Indian life, and riding with the Pony Express abound in this exciting memoir of life in the Old West. Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.


The Indian Equator: Mark Twain's India Revisited

by Ian Strathcarron

In 1895 Mark Twain conducted a year-long around-the-world lecture tour that formed the basis for Following the Equator. A modern-day journalist recounts Twain's passage through India and offers his own intriguing...


Memoirs of a Buccaneer: Dampier's New Voyage Round the World, 1697

by William Dampier

This fascinating travel and adventure book tells of pirate life and offers a rare look at the 17th-century botany and anthropology of Central and South America and the East Indies. 7 illustrations.


Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California

by Gregory Orfalea

The fascinating narrative of the remarkable life of Junípero Serra, the intrepid priest who led Spain and the Catholic Church into California in the 1700s and became a key figure in the making of the American...


On Belay: The Life of Legendary Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt

by Raye Ringholz

The first biography of this country's most cherished and controversial icon of outdoor leadership.


Kodoku: Sailing Alone Across the Pacific

by Kenichi Horie, Takuichi Ito & Kaoru Ogimi

Kodoku is the true story of a young Japanese sailor whose fascination with the art of sailing led him on a solo trans-Pacific journey.

First described in a best-selling Japanese book, then an internationally...


Marco Polo's Asia: An Introduction to His "Description of the World" Called "Il Milione"

by Leonardo Olschki

An overview of Marco Polo's book called Description of the World ("Il Milione" in Italian). This work places "Il Milione" in historical context and includes details of Marco Polo's life. This digital edition...


Arawata Bill: The Story of Legendary Gold Prospector William James O'Leary

by Ian Dougherty

Arawata Bill (1865-1947) was a pioneering New Zealand folk hero. He spent decades in the unforgiving mountain country of North-west Otago and South Westland, prospecting for gold and other minerals and making...


From Venus to Antarctica: The Life of Dumont d'Urville

by John Dunmore

High adventure, drama, discovery, science and map making. This is the first-ever full-length English language biography of D'Urville - one of the nineteenth century's great explorers. Bad-tempered and irreverent,...