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  • Breverton's Nautical Curiositiesby Terry Breverton

    Quercus 2013; US$ 12.99

    Breverton's Nautical Curiosities is about ships, people and the sea. However, unlike many other nautical compendiums, the focus of this book is on the unusual, the overlooked or the downright extraordinary. Thus, someone most of us do not know, Admiral William Brown, is given equal coverage to Admiral Nelson. Without Admiral Brown releasing Garibaldi,... more...

  • Breverton's Nautical Curiositiesby Terry Breverton

    Quercus Publishing 2012; US$ 5.99

    A compendium of fascinating information about the great waters that cover two-thirds of our Earth and the men and women that sailed them. more...

  • Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500?1800by Daniela Bleichmar; Paula De Vos; Kristin Huffine; Kevin Sheehan

    Stanford University Press 2008; US$ 67.50

    This volume is a collection of essays that examines the practices and aims of science in the early modern Spanish and Portuguese empires (ca. 1500-1800), situating them in their historical, cultural, social, and political context. more...

  • Travels in Alaskaby John Muir

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    No armchair naturalist, renowned conservationist John Muir was a rugged explorer who stoked his love for nature with strenuous hikes and demanding expeditions. Travels in Alaska recounts Muir's 1899 journey to the northern frontier with a crew of scientists, as well as some of his subsequent sojourns in the region. more...

  • Marco Poloby John Man

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

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  • Challenger: An American Tragedyby Hugh Harris

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 4.99

    On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle  Challenger  launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Seventy-three seconds after launch, the fiery breach of a solid motor joint caused a rupture of the propellant tanks, and a stunned nation watched as flames engulfed the craft, killing all seven crew members on board. It was Hugh Harris, ?the voice... more...

  • Down the Great Unknownby Edward Dolnick

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    0n May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West. No one had ever explored the fabled Grand Canyon; to adventurers of that era it was a region almost as mysterious as Atlantis -- and as perilous. The ten men set out down the mighty... more...

  • Terra Australisby Mark Fielding; Sue King; Kate Pratt; Noelene Bloomfield; Terra Australis 2001 WA Committee

    Terra Australis 2001 WA Committee 2003; US$ 10.00

    The 1800-1804 Baudin expedition was the greatest voyage of marine exploration of its age. The map makers surveyed around 50% of Australia's then largely unexplored coast - proving it a single continent, which led to the first comprehensive map of Australia's coastline. Over 200,000 botanical specimens were collected and 2,542 species identified for... more...

  • Spiceby Jack Turner

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 17.00

    A brilliant, original history of the spice trade?and the appetites that fueled it. It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the globe. Vasco da Gama sailed the dangerous waters around Africa to India on a quest for Christians?and spices. Columbus sought gold and pepper but found... more...

  • Captain Scottby Ranulph Fiennes

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; Not Available

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes is uniquely qualified to write a new biography of Captain Scott. This is the first biography of Scott by someone who has experienced the deprivations, the stress and the sheer physical pain that Scott lived through; he has suffered all but the final tragedy endured by the much maligned Scott. He is determined to put the record... more...