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The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Antarctic

by John Keay

Farthest South - Ernest Henry Shackleton Born in Ireland, Shackleton joined the merchant navy before being recruited for Captain Scott's 1901 expedition to Antarctica. He was with Scott on his first attempt...


Midnight's Descendants: A History of South Asia since Partition

by John Keay

A celebrated historian presents a history of Southern Asia since the Partition of British India in 1947, revealing how the twin forces of democracy and extremism are shaping the region’s future.


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Siberia and Alaska

by John Keay

Stranded on Bering Island - Georg Wilhelm Steller

As physician and scientific know-all on Vitus Bering's 1741 voyage, Steller shared its triumphs, including landing the first Europeans in Alaska. He also shared...


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Arctic

by John Keay

Four Years in the Ice - John Ross Disgraced and dishonored for his report of an imaginary mountain range blocking the most likely access to the North West Passage, in 1829 Ross returned to Canada's frozen archipelago...


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: North America

by John Keay

First Crossing of America - Alexander Mackenzie

"Endowed by nature with an acquisitive mind and an enterprising spirit", Mackenzie, a Scot engaged in the Canadian fur trade, resolved, as he out it "to test the...


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Australia

by John Keay

Landfall at Botany Bay - James Cook The son of a Yorkshire farm labourer, Cook won distinction as a naval hydrographer but was still a controversial choice to command a voyage of scientific observation to the...


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: East and Central Africa

by John Keay

Among the Sudanese - James Bruce Bruce reached the source of the Blue Nile in 1771, a century before the search for the source of the White Nile became headline news. His descriptions of the cruelties and orgies...


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: South America

by John Keay

Eating Dirt in Venezuela - Alexander von Humboldt Geographer, geologist, naturalist, anthropologist, physician and philosopher, Baron von Humboldt brought to exploration a greater range of enquiry than any contemporary....


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: West Africa

by John Keay

Alone in Africa - Mungo Park Park's 1795-7 odyssey in search of the Niger first awakened the world to the feasibility of a white man penetrating sub-Saharan Africa. But unlike his illustrious successors, this...


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Arabia

by John Keay

Escape from Riyadh - William Gifford Palgrave A scholar and a solider, a Jesuit and a Jew, a French spy and a British ambassador- Palgrave was a man of contradictions, all of them highly compromised when in...


The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: Central and South Asia

by John Keay

Alarms amongst the Uzbeks - Alexander Burnes Of all the "forbidden" cities (Timbuktu, Mecca, Lhasa, Riyadh and so on) none enjoyed a more fearsome reputation that Bukhara in Uzbekistan. The first British Indian...