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Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

by Thor Heyerdahl & Steven Callahan

“One of the great adventures of our time.” —Life

“Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? . . . Reply at once.”...


Under the Mountain Wall: A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea

by Peter Matthiessen

A remarkable firsthand view of a lost culture in all its simplicity and violence by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927 to 2014), author of the National Book Award–winning The Snow Leopard and the novel...


Australians in Papua New Guinea 19601975

by Ceridwen Spark, Seumas Spark & Christina Twomey

Australians in Papua New Guinea provides a history of the late Australian years in Papua New Guinea through the eyes of 13 Australians and four Papua New Guineans by presenting the experiences of Australians...


Trawlers and Trawler Folk

by Ernest Cleveland

Ernest's second book follows on from the story told in St Vincent's Home Boys. It traces his adventures in the Humber fishing fleet between the wars. Following family tradition Ernest signed up on a trawler...


Ships, Clocks, and Stars

by Richard Dunn & Rebekah Higgitt

A tale of eighteenth-century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve “the longitude problem,” the question of how to...


Work, Class, and Power in the Borderlands of the Early American Pacific: The Labors of Empire

by Evan Lampe

This book explores the nature of power and labor in the early American Pacific from the perspective of sailors, merchants, and the people they encounters across the Pacific. By looking at Honolulu, the merchant...


Joyita: Solving the Mystery

by David Wright

In 1955 the United States-owned ship Joyita mysteriously disappeared while sailing between Apia, Samoa, and Tokelau in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was discovered in poor condition near Fiji five weeks later,...


The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

by Lincoln Paine

A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how...


European Perceptions of Terra Australis

by Anne M. Scott & Alfred Hiatt

Terra Australis - the southern land - was one of the most widespread concepts in European geography from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, although the notion of a land mass in the southern seas had...


Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands

by Max Quanchi & John Robson

The long voyages of discovery and exploration of the vast Pacific Ocean were an exercise in logistics, navigation, hard grit, shipwreck and pure luck. The motivations were scientific and geographic, but at the...


The Pacific

by Donald B. Freeman

In this fascinating and exciting overview, Donald B. Freeman explores the role of the Pacific Ocean in human history.

Covering over one third of the globe, the Pacific Ocean plays a vital role in the lives...


Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances

by John C. Greene

This is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin’s theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan’s...


Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances

by John C. Greene

This is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin’s theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan’s...


Desert Boys: Australians at war from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein

by Peter Rees

Australians fought in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East in both World Wars. This is the very human story of those soldiers, sailors and airmen and their involvement in some of the toughest campaigns...


Myths & Legends of the Polynesians

by Andersen

Myths & Legends of the Polynesians is an account of the history, art and mythology of the Polynesian peoples.

The Polynesians had many myths and legends, but through the ages they had been circulated by word...


Historical Dictionary of Polynesia

by Robert D. Craig

This third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Polynesia greatly expands on the previous editions through a chronology, an introductory essay, an expansive bibliography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary...


Tattooing the World: Pacific Designs in Print and Skin

by Juniper Ellis

In the 1830s an Irishman named James F. O'Connell acquired a full-body tattoo while living as a castaway in the Pacific. The tattoo featured traditional patterns that, to native Pohnpeians, defined O'Connell's...


Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980

by Leonard Bell

"None of us had the faintest idea where we were going [but] during 1938–39 . . . the town [Christchurch] was made strangely interesting for anyone like myself, [with the] scattered arrival of ‘the...


Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds

by Anne Salmond

Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals,...


The Voyage of George Vancouver, 1791-1795: Volume 3

by W.Kaye Lamb

Four of the greatest maritime exploring expeditions were crammed into two decades late in the 18th century - Cook's third voyage, the French expedition commanded by La P?use, the Malaspina expedition sent out...