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The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc by Peter Foster is the biography of scientist and mountaineer Thomas Graham Brown, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the mountain earned him the soubriquet, and whose achievements in the Alps and Greater Ranges place him at the forefront of British mountaineering between the two world ...
The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc: The life of T. Graham Brown, physiologist and mountaineer
The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc by Peter Foster is the biography of scientist and mountaineer Thomas Graham Brown, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the mountain earned him the soubriquet, and whose achievements in the Alps and Greater Ranges place him at the forefront of British mountaineering between the two world wars. Born in Edinburgh in 1882, Graham Brown first pursued a career in the sciences as a physiologist - his exacting father demanding the highest standards - and the results of his research, largely unrecognised at the time, now underpin current understanding of the nervous control of movement in animals and man. His mountaineering career began in earnest after the First World War. From rock climbing in the Lake District he progressed to guided climbs in the Alps, where in 1927 he was fatefully introduced to Frank Smythe with whom he made the groundbreaking first ascents of the Sentinelle Rouge and the Route Major on the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc. This resulted in an obsession with the mountain and a feud between the pair that smouldered and flared for twenty years. Ambitious, determined and uncompromising in his views, he never left others feeling neutral: Geoffrey Winthrop Young thought him `a vicious lunatic', yet Charles Houston felt closer to Graham Brown `than almost anyone else I know'. Graham Brown's life was one of turbulence in his career, relationships and in the mountains, whether on expeditions to Mount Foraker, Nanda Devi and Masherbrum, or most frequently, the Alps. Peter Foster has drawn upon diaries, letters and extensive archival research that illuminate the highs and lows of Graham Brown's scientific and climbing careers, and explores the imbalance between the significance of his achievements and the lack of recognition he received. But, above all, The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc allows one to hear Graham Brown's voice: querulous, opinionated and, to the discomfort of his many adversaries, almost always right.
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27.80 USD

The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc: The life of T. Graham Brown, physiologist and mountaineer

by Peter Foster
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Will appeal to history buffs and fans of quality biography. Race and culture historical issues play a role in the book and make for a very interesting angle, as does the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company, one of the lasting influences on Canada and the Northern US.
Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson
Will appeal to history buffs and fans of quality biography. Race and culture historical issues play a role in the book and make for a very interesting angle, as does the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company, one of the lasting influences on Canada and the Northern US.
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19.900000 USD

Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

by Mark Bourrie
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On 2 August 1708 Captain Woodes Rogers set sail from Bristol with two ships, the Duke and Dutchess, on an epic voyage of circumnavigation that was to make himfamous. His mission was to attack, plunder and pillage Spanish ships wherever he could. And, as Graham Thomas shows in this tense ...
Pirate Hunter: The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers
On 2 August 1708 Captain Woodes Rogers set sail from Bristol with two ships, the Duke and Dutchess, on an epic voyage of circumnavigation that was to make himfamous. His mission was to attack, plunder and pillage Spanish ships wherever he could. And, as Graham Thomas shows in this tense and exciting narrative, after a series of pursuits and sea battles he returned laden with booty and with a reputation as one of the most audacious and shrewd fighting captains of the age. He was then appointed governor of the Bahamas by George I with the task of suppressing the pirates who roamed this corner of the Caribbean and preyed on its shipping. He was equally successful as a privateer and pirate-hunter in an age when brutality and ruthlessness were the law of the sea. This study of Woodes Rogers is the first modern biography of an extraordinary adventurer. It is fascinating reading.
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24.16 USD

Pirate Hunter: The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers

by Thomas, Graham A
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You may rely upon one thing - I'll never engage in creating kings again; it's too great a strain. Gertrude Bell - traveller, scholar, archaeologist, spy - was one of the most powerful figures in the Middle East in the 20th century. With T.E. Lawrence, she was a significant force ...
Syria: The Desert and the Sown
You may rely upon one thing - I'll never engage in creating kings again; it's too great a strain. Gertrude Bell - traveller, scholar, archaeologist, spy - was one of the most powerful figures in the Middle East in the 20th century. With T.E. Lawrence, she was a significant force behind the Arab Revolt and was responsible for creating the boundaries of the modern state of Iraq, as well as installing the Hashemite dynasty, with Faisal I as king, in Iraq and Transjordan. Her knowledge of the Arab world was forged through decades of travel and the relationships she built across Arabia with tribal leaders and kings, who referred to her as Umm al Mu'mineen, or Mother of the Faithful. In the winter of 1906, she undertook an often dangerous journey through Greater Syria - Damascus, Jerusalem, Beirut, Antioch and Alexandretta - and her portrait of the landscapes, people and customs of a part of the world that very few had explored at the time is now a classic of travel writing. Bell's Syria illuminates a region that continues to preoccupy us today as well as portraying the unique life of a remarkable, still-controversial and ultimately tragic woman.
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22.30 USD

Syria: The Desert and the Sown

by Gertrude Bell
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER * At the end of World War II, a band of aces gathered in the Mojave Desert on a Top Secret quest to break the sound barrier-nicknamed The Demon by pilots. The true story of what happened in those skies has never been told. Speed. In 1947, it ...
Chasing the Demon: A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier, and the Band of American Aces Who Conquered It
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * At the end of World War II, a band of aces gathered in the Mojave Desert on a Top Secret quest to break the sound barrier-nicknamed The Demon by pilots. The true story of what happened in those skies has never been told. Speed. In 1947, it represented the difference between victory and annihilation. After Hiroshima, the ability to deliver a nuclear device to its target faster than one's enemy became the singular obsession of American war planners. And so, in the earliest days of the Cold War, a highly classified program was conducted on a desolate air base in California's Mojave Desert. Its aim: to push the envelope of flight to new frontiers. There gathered an extraordinary band of pilots, including Second World War aces Chuck Yeager and George Welch, who risked their lives flying experimental aircraft to reach Mach 1, the so-called sound barrier, which pilots called the demon. Shrouding the program in secrecy, the US military reluctantly revealed that the barrier had been broken two months later, after the story was leaked to the press. The full truth has never been fully revealed-until now. Chasing the Demon, from decorated fighter pilot and acclaimed aviation historian Dan Hampton, tells, for the first time, the extraordinary true story of mankind's quest for Mach 1. Here, of course, is twenty-four-year-old Captain Chuck Yeager, who made history flying the futuristic Bell X-1 faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. Officially Yeager was the first to achieve supersonic flight, but drawing on new interviews with survivors of the program, including Yeager's former commander, as well as declassified files, Hampton presents evidence that a fellow American-George Welch, a daring fighter pilot who shot down a remarkable sixteen enemy aircraft during the Pacific War-met the demon first, though he was not favored to wear the laurels, as he was now a civilian test pilot and was not flying the Bell X-1. Chasing the Demon sets the race between Yeager and Welch in the context of aviation history, so that the reader can learn and appreciate their accomplishments as never before.
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20.44 USD

Chasing the Demon: A Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier, and the Band of American Aces Who Conquered It

by Dan Hampton
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'No other person who has flown in space has captured the experience so vividly' - New York Times Book Review In July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon. Fifty years later, it is still one of the greatest achievements in ...
Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys
'No other person who has flown in space has captured the experience so vividly' - New York Times Book Review In July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon. Fifty years later, it is still one of the greatest achievements in human history. In this remarkable memoir, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humour of that adventure. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his involvement in Project Gemini and his first spaceflight on Gemini 10. He presents an evocative picture of the famous Apollo 11 spacewalk, detailing the joys of flight and a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon. Updated with a new preface to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon-landing, Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins is the utterly absorbing and truly compelling classic account of what it was like to be a member of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
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24.16 USD

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys

by Michael Collins
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The Aeronauts: Travels in the Air
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15.740000 USD

The Aeronauts: Travels in the Air

by James Glaisher
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The Amazon from Source to Sea: The Farthest Journey Down the World's Longest River
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71.350000 USD

The Amazon from Source to Sea: The Farthest Journey Down the World's Longest River

by West Hansen
Hardback
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A Polar Affair: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero and the Secret Love Lives of Penguins
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31.450000 USD

A Polar Affair: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero and the Secret Love Lives of Penguins

by Lloyd Spencer Davis
Hardback
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Mountain Vision: Lessons Beyond the Summit
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15.700000 USD

Mountain Vision: Lessons Beyond the Summit

by Jeff B Evans
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Discoverers and Explorers
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10.450000 USD

Discoverers and Explorers

by Edward R Shaw
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My Life as an Explorer: Autobiography of the First Man to Reach the South Pole
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10.480000 USD

My Life as an Explorer: Autobiography of the First Man to Reach the South Pole

by Roald Amundsen
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Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea
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16.800000 USD

Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea

by Captain Lee
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I'm Not Ashamed Anymore
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12.590000 USD

I'm Not Ashamed Anymore

by Trieu Huong Hoang
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Race and the University: A Memoir
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23.050000 USD

Race and the University: A Memoir

by George Henderson
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Running Around the World: How I ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days
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20.990000 USD

Running Around the World: How I ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

by Susannah Gill
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Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars
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29.400000 USD

Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars

by Andrew Rader
Hardback
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Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time
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17.800000 USD

Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time

by Michael Palin
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Remarkable Occurrences
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15.750000 USD

Remarkable Occurrences

by Patrick Lodge
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1976
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13.600000 USD

1976

by Omar Sagastume
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Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe
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17.850000 USD

Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

by Dr Dave Williams
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Trove: A Woman's Search for Truth and Buried Treasure
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17.840000 USD

Trove: A Woman's Search for Truth and Buried Treasure

by Sandra A Miller
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Inquietus: La Salle in the Illinois Country
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15.750000 USD

Inquietus: La Salle in the Illinois Country

by Mark Walczynski
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The Yosemite
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16.790000 USD

The Yosemite

by John Muir
Hardback
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Alexander Von Humboldt: How the Most Famous Scientist of the Romantic Age Found the Soul of Nature
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26.200000 USD

Alexander Von Humboldt: How the Most Famous Scientist of the Romantic Age Found the Soul of Nature

by Maren Meinhardt
Hardback
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Air America: A CIA Super Pilot Spills the Beans
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20.990000 USD

Air America: A CIA Super Pilot Spills the Beans

by Bill Collier
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The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War
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16.790000 USD

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War

by Neal Bascomb
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State of Fire: Life Lessons Learned on the Fireline
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11.540000 USD

State of Fire: Life Lessons Learned on the Fireline

by Charles Vaught
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The fate of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1847 is an enigma that has tantalised generations of historians, archaeologists and adventurers. The expedition was lost without a trace and all 129 men died in what is arguably the worst disaster in Britain's history of polar exploration. In the aftermath of ...
After the Lost Franklin Expedition: Lady Franklin and John Rae
The fate of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1847 is an enigma that has tantalised generations of historians, archaeologists and adventurers. The expedition was lost without a trace and all 129 men died in what is arguably the worst disaster in Britain's history of polar exploration. In the aftermath of the crew's disappearance, Lady Jane Franklin, Sir John's widow, maintained a crusade to secure her husband's reputation, imperiled alongside him and his crew in the frozen wastes of the Artic. Lady Franklin was an uncommon woman for her age, a socially and politically astute figure who ravaged anyone who she viewed as a threat to her husband's legacy. Meanwhile John Rae, an explorer and employee of the Hudson Bay Company, recovered deeply disturbing information from the Expedition. His shocking conclusions embroiled him in a bitter dispute with Lady Franklin which led to the ruin of his reputation and career. Against the background of Victorian society and the rise of the explorer celebrity, we learn of Lady Franklin's formidable grit to honour her husband's legacy; of John Rae being discredited and his eventual ruin, despite later being proven right. It is a fascinating assessment of the aftermath of the Franklin Expedition and its legacy.
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46.49 USD

After the Lost Franklin Expedition: Lady Franklin and John Rae

by Peter Baxter
Hardback