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Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Laurence Bergreen
Set sail with Ferdinand Magellan's fleet in "Over the Edge of the World" and uncover lesser known details of the first voyage around the globe. Experience the journey through day-by-day eyewitness accounts and pilot's logs written by the brave men who feared their journey would lead them straight off the edge of the world.

 


Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
Nancy Brown
Nancy Brown explores the world of Viking women as she attempts to uncover the true story of a fabled Viking woman named Gudrid, who may have crossed the Atlantic eight times, hundreds of years before Columbus. This is a well researched account of the lives of Viking women and the world they lived in. Brown includes detailed descriptions of her personal experiences on archeological digs in Iceland that reveal how we derive information from the past and the limitations of our knowledge of Viking civilization.

 


Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Noted historian of Atlantic exploration Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings to life the story of the ambitious Florentine, Amerigo Vespucci, whose own self acclaim led to mapmakers in Lorraine to name the New World "America". The ultimate Renaissance man, Vespucci was a pimp, a diplomat, a business man, an explorer, and a creative writer who so exaggerated his own experiences (and imagined many more) that his name will live forever.

 


Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Nathaniel Philbricks
America celebrates many of its early explorers, but one significant man has been shunned from public remembrance. That man is Charles Wilkes. This disagreeable commander of the U.S. Exploring Expedition (the Ex Ex) and his 346 men explored and mapped much of the coast of the Pacific Northwest and hundreds of Pacific Islands. Philbricks reveals how Wilkes’ vanity, paranoia, and cruelty earned him the hatred of his crew and led to Wilkes’ eventual decline into obscurity, despite his great accomplishments.

 


A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier
Diane Preston
The inspiration for “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Robinson Crusoe”, William Dampier was a genius pirate and the first man to visit five continents. He is responsible for the creation of over 1,000 words in the Oxford English Dictionary, including “chopsticks”, “barbecue” and “kumquat”. Preston’s richly detailed account of Dampier’s exploits is a wonderful expedition into the time of exploration and enlightenment.

 


Cook: The Extraordinary Voyages of Captain James Cook
Nicholas Thomas
Two decades of research gave birth to this retelling of Cook’s voyages to exotic and unexplored lands, including Hawaii, Tahiti, the ice sheets of Antarctica, and New Zealand. Unlike other explorers before him, Cook spent time establishing communication with and getting to know native tribes, sometimes with tragic consequences. His documented his impressions had a great influence on European views of these cultures. With selections from Cook’s journals, this is a well written story for those familiar with Cook and anyone interested in an introduction to his famous journeys.

 


Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Stephen Ambrose
A thrilling adventure into the American west, told from the perspective of Meriwether Lewis. Ambrose uses vibrant selections from crew diaries, maps and Lewis’s personal journals to create a suspenseful and amazingly exciting tale. This is an incredible book that expands greatly upon the journey into the west taught in classrooms across the country.

 


Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley & Livingstone
Martin Dugard
A heart pounding tale of survival, heroism and suffering tracks the distance between two men as they struggle to survive the African wilderness. The lost adventurer Dr. David Livingston, bent on finding the source of the Nile, eventually found himself stranded and was presumed dead. Newspaper correspondent Henry Morton Stanley, sent by a publicity starved publisher to rescue Livingstone, lived to sell the tale. Alternating chapters tell the stories of Stanley and Livingstone and lead up to their eventual meeting and the utterance of the famous phrase “Mr. Livingstone, I presume.”

 


The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon
Robert Whitaker
How far would you go for true love? In this harrowing tale of romance and adventure, Jean Godin, a French scientist, travels to Peru in order to perform an experiment. As he and his team make their way through Peru they encounter set back after set back and most of his team perishes. As he clings to life he meets Isabel, a native of Peru. As she helps him through his journey they fall in love but are torn apart by international politics. Isabel stops at nothing in order to be reunited with her lost love Jean.

 


The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition
Caroline Alexander
In 1914, Ernest Shackleton sets out to accomplish the impossible-be the first to cross Antarctica on foot. However, as Ernest and his team are sailing for Antarctica their ship is compromised and becomes trapped in the ice. He and his men must leave their boat and walk on a perilous journey no longer for glory but for their lives.

 


The Coldest March: Scott’s Fatal Antarctic Expedition
Susan Solomon
Robert Falcon dreams of becoming the first man to reach the South Pole so he assembles a team and sets out for Antarctica. However, when he reaches the South Pole he is met with a horrible surprise. What will happen to Robert Falcon? Will he become a legend? Or will he venture home nameless as he was before?

 


The Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Nathaniel Philbrick
As the Mayflower descended on the New World the Pilgrims would encounter a land and a way of life that they had never experienced before. This narrative encounters the pilgrims during their initial inhabitation of the New World and their encounter with the Native American tribes. However, war ensues under King Philip and the Pilgrims’ relationship with the Native Americans will change forever.

 


A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca; The Extraordinary Tale of a Shipwrecked Spaniard Who Walked Across America in the 16th Century
Andres Resendez
This narrative follows the journey of four remarkable men who were the only men to survive a Spanish expedition to North America. As they made their way through an unknown land they were imprisoned in Texas yet escaped death again. Gaining what they learned from the land and what they observed of the native peoples they encountered, they gradually gained empathy for the land and the peoples they were sent to conquer. They then must protect both from another Spanish expedition sent to finish what they originally started.