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  • Over the Edge of the Worldby Laurence Bergreen

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.74

    Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World , prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic... more...

  • Villains of All Nationsby Marcus Rediker

    Beacon Press 2011; US$ 20.00

    Villains of All Nations explores the 'Golden Age' of Atlantic piracy (1716-1726) and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates. Rediker introduces us to the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard; and the unnamed, unlimbed pirate who... more...

  • The Wrong Way for a Pizzaby Brian Mooney

    Thorogood Publishing 2013; US$ 10.08

    Author and journalist Brian Mooney's pilgrimage through Rome. more...

  • Sacred Places North Americaby Brad Olsen

    CCC Publishing 2008; US$ 15.95

    This revised and updated comprehensive travel guide examines North America’s most sacred sites for spiritually attuned explorers. Important archaeological, geological, and historical destinations from coast to coast are exhaustively examined, from the weathered pueblos of the American Southwest and the medicine wheels of western Canada to Graceland... more...

  • Southby Ernest Henry Shackleton

    The Floating Press 1919; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.95

    When Sir Henry Ernest Shackleton was beaten to the South Pole in 1912, he decided to trek across the continent via the pole instead. Before his ship even reached the continent it was crushed in pack ice. Shackleton managed to bring his entire team home by his masterful leadership through a series of incredible events. He has become a cult figure and... more...

  • Journeys to the Other Shoreby Roxanne L. Euben

    Princeton University Press 2008; US$ 31.95 US$ 29.07

    The contemporary world is increasingly defined by dizzying flows of people and ideas. But while Western travel is associated with a pioneering spirit of discovery, the dominant image of Muslim mobility is the jihadi who travels not to learn but to destroy. Journeys to the Other Shore challenges these stereotypes by charting the common ways in which... more...

  • The Discovery of Guianaby Sir Walter Raleigh

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99 US$ 4.34

    At the turn of the 17th century, English writer and explorer Sir Walter Scott read an account of a great golden city in South America. He set out to explore the area, now Venezuela, and on his return he published The Discovery of Guiana . He is considered to have greatly exaggerated his findings, and his work contributed to the El Dorado legend. more...

  • Desert Queenby Janet Wallach

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.00

    This “richly textured biography” ( Chicago Tribune ) inspired the mesmerizing documentary, Letters from Baghdad , now in theaters.  Here is the story of Gertrude Bell, who explored, mapped, and excavated the Arab world throughout the early twentieth century. Recruited by British intelligence during World War I, she played a crucial role in obtaining... 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...