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A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier

A Booklist Best Literary Travel Book (2017) and Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book (2016)“A penetrating study of human character in a challenging environment. . . . [David Welky’s] seamless narrative, chilling at times and always thought-provoking, tra... Check price on Amazon

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Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

The story of the world's largest, longest, and best financed scientific expedition of all time, triumphantly successful, gruesomely tragic, and never before fully told The immense 18th-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka...

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Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

National Outdoor Book Awards WinnerWinner of the BANFF Adventure Travel Award“A thrilling and harrowing story. If it’s a cliche to say I couldn’t put this book down, well, too bad: I couldn’t put this book down.” —Jess Walter, bestselling author of Beau...

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The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson's Bay Empire

NATIONAL BESTSELLERA thrilling new telling of the story of modern Canada's origins.The story of the Hudson's Bay Company, dramatic and adventurous and complex, is the story of modern Canada's creation. And yet it hasn't been told in a book for over thir...

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The Notorious Captain Hayes: The Remarkable True Story of The Pirate of The Pacific

The incredible true story of William 'Bully' Hayes, the so-called 'Pirate of the Pacific': a story that separates the myth from the man.Famous throughout the Pacific, from the US to Australia and all points in between, Captain Bully Hayes has been the i...

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Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

In the bestselling tradition of Hampton Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice, a riveting and cinematic tale of Dutch polar explorer William Barents and his three harrowing Arctic expeditions—the last of which resulted in a relentlessly challenging year-long fi...

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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. N...

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Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller— What happened that night on Dead Mountain?The mystery of Dead Mountain: In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as De...

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The South Pole - Complete and Unabridged with Illustrations, Charts, Maps and Appendices

This superb edition of The South Pole contains all of the original and essential photographs, charts, maps and appendices from the Amundsen expedition. This book chronicles the epic journey of Roald Amundsen and his team of hand-picked sailors, from th...

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The Worst Journey in the World (Penguin Classics)

A firsthand account of Scott's disastrous Antarctic expeditionThe Worst Journey in the World recounts Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard—the youngest member of Scott’s team and one of three men to make an...

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Tupaia: Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator

He was an expert navigator who drew a chart of the Pacific encompassing 2,500 miles and locating nearly 100 islands totally unknown to Europeans. This man was also a translator, an artist, a high priest, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician...

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The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest

“An outstanding book.” —The Wall Street Journal * “Gripping at every turn.” —Outside * “A gem of a book.” —The Guardian * “A hell of a ride.” —The Times (London) An extraordinary true story about one man’s attempt to salve the wounds of war and save hi...

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Dark, Salt, Clear: The Life of a Fishing Town

From an adventurous and discerning new voice reminiscent of Robert Macfarlane, a captivating portrait of a community eking out its living in a coastal landscape as stark and storied as it is beautiful.Before arriving in Newlyn, a Cornish fishing village...

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In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon

The true story of one of history’s most notorious mutinies is revealed in this riveting “nautical murder mystery” (USA Today).   In May 1841, the Massachusetts whaleship Sharon set out for the whaling ground of the northwestern Pacific. A year later, w...

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Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep SurvivalOn January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back ...

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Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World

“Riveting.” —The New York Times Book Review Hundreds of miles from civilization, two ships wreck on opposite ends of the same deserted island in this true story of human nature at its best—and at its worst. It is 1864, and Captain Thomas Musgrave’s scho...

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Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure, Text-only Edition

This e-book features the complete text found in the print edition of Dangerous Work, without the illustrations or the facsimile reproductions of Conan Doyle's notebook pages.In 1880 a young medical student named Arthur Conan Doyle embarked upon the “fir...

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American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett

David Crockett was an adventurer, a pioneer, and a media-savvy national celebrity. In his short-but-distinguished lifetime, this charismatic frontiersman won three terms as a U.S. congressman and a presidential nomination. His 1834 memoir enjoyed frenzi...

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The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race to Summit the Himalayas

Winner of the 2020 National Outdoor Book Award for Best History/BiographyA saga of survival, technological innovation, and breathtaking human physical achievement -- all set against the backdrop of a world headed toward war -- that became one of the mos...

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Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story

Read the "gripping and emotionally affecting" book where four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to (Washington Post).On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passenger...

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The North-West Passage

The holy grail of so many daring sailing expeditions into the frozen wastes, the fabled Nortwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, was finally conquered by seven men in the little craft «Gjöa». Though short on the death and life survival dramas ...

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Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic

National bestsellerA thrilling odyssey through an unforgiving landscape, from "Canada's greatest living explorer."In the spring of 2017, Adam Shoalts, bestselling author and adventurer, set off on an unprecedented solo journey across North America's gre...

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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

A blend of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester’s Pacific, a thrilling, intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got ...

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A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology

A thrilling history of the West’s scramble for the riches of ancient Egypt by the foremost Egyptologist of our time.From the decipherment of hieroglyphics in 1822 to the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon a hundred years...

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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his men set out to “penetrate the icy fastness of the north, and to circumnavigate America.” And then they disappeared. The truth about what happened to Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition was shrouded in mystery for mo...

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The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries--the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and ...

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The Discovery of Tahiti

Romance and the islands have gone hand-in-hand since the bare-breasted young women of Tahiti gave a rousing welcome to the 18th-century European adventurers who discovered the island.It was not just a tropical port of call that Captain Wallis and his me...

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The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

The Karluk set out in 1913 in search of an undiscovered continent, with the largest scientific staff ever sent into the Arctic. Soon after, winter had begun, they were blown off course by polar storms, the ship became imprisoned in ice, and the expediti...

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Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortes arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish expire but to convert the natives to Ca...

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Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost t...

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81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness

"A riveting...saga of survival against formidable odds" (Washington Post) about one man who survived a World War II plane crash in Alaska's harsh Yukon territoryShortly before Christmas in 1943, five Army aviators left Alaska's Ladd Field on a routine f...

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White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Among the explorers made famous for revealing hitherto impenetrable cultures-T. E. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger in the Middle East, Richard Burton in Africa-Knud Rasmussen stands out not only for his physical bravery but also for the beauty of his writ...

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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest in th...

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Lady Castaways

It was not just the men who lived on the brink of peril when under sail at sea. Lucretia Jansz, who was enslaved as a concubine in 1629, was just one woman who endured a castaway experience. Award-winning historian Joan Druett (Island of the Lost, The E...

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One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps

A groundbreaking, haunting, and profoundly moving history of modernity's greatest tragedy: concentration camps. For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. First used as battlefield strategy, camps have evolved wi...

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In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic (Modern Library Exploration)

“One helluva read.”—Newsweek • “Gripping.”—Outside • “Spellbinding.”—Associated Press • “Powerful.”—New York In 1912, the Saint Anna, a Russian exploration vessel in search of fertile hunting grounds, was frozen into the polar ice cap, trapping her crew...

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Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016 the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenz...

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Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Meeting

From the bestselling author of Tulipomania comes Batavia’s Graveyard, the spellbinding true story of mutiny, shipwreck, murder, and survival.It was the autumn of 1628, and the Batavia, the Dutch East India Company’s flagship, was loaded with a king’s ra...

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Farthest North: The Incredible Three-Year Voyage to the Frozen Latitudes of the North (Modern Library Exploration)

In 1893, Fridjtof Nansen set sail in the Fram, a ship specially designed and built to be frozen into the polar ice cap, withstand its crushing pressures, and travel with the sea’s drift closer to the North Pole than anyone had ever gone before. Experts ...

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Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition

"Intriguing [and] enjoyable." —Ian McGuire, New York Times Book ReviewIce Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1845—whose two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—with th...

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438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history - as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews. On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coa...

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My Life as an Explorer

"My Life as an Explorer" is a classic of Polar literature, written by the one man to do more to further the exploration of both Polar regions than any other person. First sailing to the Antarctic in the 1899 Belgian expedition, Amundsen never lost his p...

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Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North

A thrilling journey by canoe across Alaska, by critically acclaimed writer Adam Weymouth. The Yukon river is 2,000 miles long, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the United States. In this riveting examination of one of the last wild places on...

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Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a...

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The Hidden Life of Ice: Dispatches from a Disappearing World

For most of us, the Arctic is a vast, alien landscape; for research scientist Marco Tedesco, it is his laboratory, his life’s work—and the most beautiful, most endangered place on Earth. Marco Tedesco is a world-leading expert on Arctic ice decline and ...

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