The Oxford Book of Exploration

The Oxford Book of Exploration

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Selected by Robin Hanbury-Tenison, described by the Sunday Times as the 'greatest explorer of the last twenty years', this is a comprehensive anthology of the writings of explorers through the ages, now fully revised and updated. The ultimate in travel writing, these are the words of those who changed the world through their pioneering search for new lands, new peoples, and new experiences. Divided into geographical sections, the book takes us to Asia with Vasco da Gama, Francis Younghusband, and Wilfred Thesiger, to the Americas with John Cabot, Sir Francis Drake, and Alexander Von Humboldt, to Africa with Dr David Livingstone and Mary Kingsley, to the Pacific with Ferdinand Magellan and James Cook, and to the Poles with Robert Peary and Wally Herbert. Driven by a desire to discover that transcends all other considerations, the vivid writings of these extraordinary people reveal what makes them go beyond the possible and earn the right to be known as explorers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 692 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 36mm | 439.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192805568
  • 9780192805560
  • 1,983,810

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[An] enthralling archive. The Times Summer Reading boasting a glorious cover this book offers thrills galore The Independent Without doubt, this is still the best compendium of pioneer travellers' tales for any explorer's rucksack - and is likely to remain so for a long time to come. TLSshow more

About Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Robin Hanbury-Tenison is a well-known explorer, author, conservationist, broadcaster, film-maker, and campaigner. Named by the Sunday Times in 1982 as 'the greatest explorer of the past 20 years', he made the first land crossing of South America at its widest point, and the first river crossing of South America from north to south from the Orinoco to Buenos Aires. He was one of the founders of Survival International, the worldwide movement to support tribal peoples, and has been awarded an OBE for his work in lobbying on their behalf. He is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to newspapers and magazines, has made several films of his expeditions for television, and broadcasts regularly in radio and on TV.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; I ASIA; II AFRICA; III NORTH AMERICA; IV CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA; V THE PACIFIC, AUSTRALIA, AND NEW ZEALAND; VI THE ARCTIC; VII THE ANTARCTIC; VIII ABOVE AND BELOW; BIBLIOGRAPHY; SOURCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INDEXshow more

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