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Exploration & Discovery

  • "In den wilden Bergschluchten widerhallt ihr Pfeifen"by Otto Meister; Silvia Agnes Meister; Paul Hugger; Ursula Meister; Thomas Wagner; Gabriela Zehnder

    Limmat Verlag 2014; US$ 37.99

    Neben den britischen Eisenbahnstrecken im südlichen Afrika gehört die Yunnan-Bahn in Ostasien zu den ehrgeizigsten und spektakulärsten kolonialen Eisenbahnprojekten des vergangenen Jahrhunderts. Auf insgesamt 855 Schmalspurkilometern überquert der Zug von Haiphong (Vietnam) nach Kunming (China) nicht weniger als 173 Brücken und durchfährt 158 Tunnel.... more...

  • 1493by Charles C. Mann

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    From the author of 1491? the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas?a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites... more...

  • 1494by Stephen R. Bown

    D & M Publishers 2011; US$ 28.00

    When Columbus triumphantly returned from America to Spain in 1493, his discoveries inflamed an already-smouldering conflict between Spain's renowned monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, and Portugal's João II. Which nation was to control the world's oceans? To quell the argument, Pope Alexander VI - the notorious Rodrigo Borgia - issued a proclamation... more...

  • 1494by Stephen R. Bown

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 8.99

    STEPHEN R. BOWN has been writing about adventurers, travelers, and explorers for many years. He is the author of Madness, Betrayal and the Lash; Scurvy; A Most Damnable Invention; and Merchant Kings. He lives in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two children. more...

  • 1788by Watkin Tench; Tim Flannery

    The Text Publishing Company 2012; US$ 12.95

    In 1788 Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet. This curious young captain of the marines was an effortless storyteller. His account of the infant colony is the first classic of Australian literature. more...

  • 1912by Chris Turney

    Counterpoint 2012; US$ 27.00

    “The South Pole discovered? trumpeted the front page of The Daily Chronicle on March 8, 1912, marking Roald Amundsen?s triumph over the tragic Robert Scott. Yet behind all the headlines there was a much bigger story. Antarctica was awash with expeditions. In 1912, five separate teams representing the old and new world were diligently embarking on... more...

  • 1912by Chris Turney

    The Text Publishing Company 2012; US$ 34.99

    Chris Turney's 1912 is an entertaining and beautifully illustrated history of an awe-inspiring subject. The rivalry between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen is a familiar story; what fewer people know is that, in 1912, five separate teams were exploring beyond the limits of the known world: Scott for Britain, Amundsen for Norway, Mawson for Australasia,... more...

  • 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarcticaby Chris Turney

    Random House 2012; US$ 27.18

    1912 was an incredible year, marking the height of the Heroic Age of Exploration. Curiosity about Antarctica was at fever pitch, and between 1910 and 1914 five teams of intrepid explorers embarked on the greatest race of the era, to travel beyond the edges of the known world and conquer this last great frontier. Pitted against each other... more...

  • The A to Z of the Discovery and Exploration of Australiaby Alan Day

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 33.99

    All aspects of the discovery of Australia are revealed in this reference work. It is especially useful for its comprehensive gallery of the exploits and achievements of the key figures in Australian Exploration. more...

  • The Adventurer's Handbookby Mick Conefrey

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 14.99

    Mick Conefrey is an author and filmmaker who has made award-winning documentaries on Arctic exploration and Himalayan mountaineering. He also produced the BBC's anniversary film to commemorate the first ascent of Everest in 1953. He is the author of Mountain Men: A History of the Remarkable Climbers and Determined Eccentrics Who First Scaled the... more...