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  • Desert Queenby Janet Wallach

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.00

    Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on... more...

  • The Man Who Ate His Bootsby Anthony Brandt

    Random House 2011; US$ 31.98

    Dozens of missions set out for the Arctic during the first half of the nineteenth century; all ended in failure and many in disaster, as men found themselves starving to death in the freezing wilderness, sometimes with nothing left to eat but their companions' remains. Anthony Brandt traces the complete history of this noble and foolhardy obsession,... more...

  • Odyssey of Ibn Battuta, Theby David Waines

    I.B.Tauris 2012; US$ 14.95

    Ibn Battuta was, without doubt, one of the world?s truly great travellers. Born in fourteenth-century Morocco, and a contemporary of Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta has left us an account in his own words of his remarkable journeys throughout the Islamic world and beyond: journeys punctuated by adventure and peril, and stretching from his home in Tangier to... more...

  • Venezuela Aliveby Susan Brushaber

    Hunter Publishing 2006; US$ 9.99

    Packed with in-depth information. -- Philadelphia Inquirer. "Written in a highly readable style, this guide seems to have omitted nothing." -- Pittsburgh Post. Written by an author who has visited the country over 40 times, Venezuela Alive offers a wealth of practical information for the discerning traveler. The focus is on shopping, hotels, dining... more...

  • The Abaco Islands of the Bahamasby Blair Howard

    Hunter Publishing 2011; US$ 7.99

    Often referred to as Abaco, this cluster of islands, islets, and rocky outcrops forms an archipelago that stretches for more than 100 miles, from Walker's Cay in the northeast Bahamas, all the way down to Hole in the Wall in the southwest. It is the second largest grouping of islands in the Bahamas. Abaco, aside from being the most affluent and most-visited... more...

  • Explorationby Stewart A. Weaver

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    We live in an age of globalization on every conceivable level, but globalization has a deeper history than politicians and pundits often allow, and nothing is more significant to its history than exploration. Wherever trade or faith or empire followed, explorers usually led. Their motives were as many-sided and various as their actions; their legacies... more...

  • The Lost Fleetby Barry Clifford; Kenneth Kinkor

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 12.29

    On January 2, 1678, a fleet of French ships sank off the Venezuelan coast. This proved disastrous for French naval power in the region, and sparked the rise of a golden age of piracy. Tracing the lives of fabled pirates like the Chevalier de Grammont, Nikolaas Van Hoorn, Thomas Paine, and Jean Comte d'Estrées, The Lost Fleet portrays a dark age,... more...

  • Writing, Travel and Empireby Peter Hulme; Russell McDougall

    I.B.Tauris 2007; US$ 14.95

    The British Empire drew on the talents of many remarkable figures whose lives reveal a wonderfully rich interweaving with the crucial issues of the period. In some cases they left a legacy of travel writing, novels, biography and ethnography which made important contributions to our knowledge of other cultures. Writing, Travel and Empire explores... more...

  • Blizzard - Race to the Poleby Jasper Rees

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 27.18

    In late 1911, the final year of the Edwardian age, a British naval captain and a Norwegian conqueror of the North-West Passage embarked on the most gruelling race ever run. Their aim was not only to lead the first expedition to the South Pole, but also to live to tell the tale. Six months later, Robert Falcon Scott and four of his party were dead,... more...

  • The Indian Oceanby Michael N. Pearson

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 45.95

    In this stimulating and authoritative overview, Michael Pearson reverses the traditional angle of maritime history and looks from the sea to its shores - its impact on the land through trade, naval power, travel and scientific exploration. This vast ocean, both connecting and separating nations, has shaped many countries' cultures and ideologies through... more...