Biography & Autobiography - Adventurers & Explorers

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Adrift [movie Tie-In]: A True Story o...

Tami Oldham Ashcraft

The heart-stopping memoir, soon to be a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest).“An inspirational and empowering read.”—Shailene WoodleyYoung and in love, thei...

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Published: May 2018

Not Afraid of the Fall: A Travel Memo...

Kyle James

As seen on the front page of Cosmopolitan.com, Travel + Leisure, POPSUGAR, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, HelloGiggles, Woman's Day, and Country Living. After purchasing one-way flights from New York City to Paris, Kyle...

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Published: May 2017

Flight of Passage

Rinker Buck

In the Summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - two teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Cub airplane for $300, rebuilt it, and piloted it on a record breaking flight across America - navigating all the w...

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Published: Jun 1998

Badges, Bears, and Eagles: The True L...

Steven T. Callan

Over his thirty-year career as a wildlife protection officer for the California Department of Fish and Game, Steve Callan and his longtime working partner, Dave Szody, conducted some of the most fascinating, complex and highly success...

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Published: Mar 2013

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story...

Vicki Croke

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKThe remarkable story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world's largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the...

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Published: Apr 2015

Over the Edge of the World: Magellan'...

Laurence Bergreen

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 L...

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Published: Nov 2004

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extrao...

Michael Finkel

A National Geographic Best Book of the Year National BestsellerMany people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it—but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusett...

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Published: Jan 2018

A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey o...

Andre Resendez

In 1528, a mission set out from Spain to colonize Florida. But the expedition went horribly wrong: Delayed by a hurricane, knocked off course by a colossal error of navigation, and ultimately doomed by a disastrous decision to separat...

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Published: Dec 2008

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know: The Aut...

Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph Fiennes has traveled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth. In the process he nearly died on several occasions, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, and raised millions of pounds for charity. He discove...

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Published: Aug 2008

Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail...

Inga Aksamit

This lively account of a woman's trek on the John Muir Trail is a must-read for those who plan to hike the trail or armchair travelers who want to live the adventure vicariously. Written in journal style, the author's description of t...

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Published: Jan 2016

Salt to Summit: A Vagabond Journey fr...

Daniel Arnold

From the depths of Death Valley, Daniel Arnold set out to reach Mount Whitney in a way no road or trail could take him. Anything manmade or designed to make travel easy was out. With a backpack full of empty two-liter bottles, and the...

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Published: Jun 2012

The Climb

Anatoli Boukreev

In May 1996 three expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Crowded conditions slowed their progress. Late in the day twenty-three men and wom...

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Published: Jul 1999

The Push: A Climber's Search for the ...

Tommy Caldwell

A New York Times BestsellerA dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan   "The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorfu...

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Published: May 2018

Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and...

James Campbell

The powerful and affirming story of a father's journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska  Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Cam...

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Published: May 2017

Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to...

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

In 1507, European cartographers were struggling to redraw their maps of the world and to name the newly found lands of the Western Hemisphere. The name they settled on: America, after Amerigo Vespucci, an obscure Florentine explorer.I...

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Published: Aug 2008

Across the Savage Sea

Maud Fontenoy

The first woman to cross the Atlantic from west to east accomplishes the Everest of sea journeys.Over the last century only six men had defied the power of nature and successfully rowed across the Atlantic from west to east. Maud Font...

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Published: Jan 2012

Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount...

Lincoln Hall

The amazing story of Australian mountain climber Lincoln Hall's rescue following a night spent near the summit of Mount Everest, where he had been left for dead by the other members of his expedition. Lincoln Hall likes to say that on...

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Published: May 2009

North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Fa...

Captain Sig Hansen

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!In the tradition of Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw comes Captain Sig Hansen's rags-to-riches epic of his immigrant family's struggle against deadly Alaskan seas, freezing shipwrecks, and dangerou...

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Published: Apr 2011

My Deserted Island

Victor Huwang

Almost 50 years have passed since the Fall of Saigon and the plight of the thousands of boat people who sought to escape the new communist regime. Many lives were lost in the dangerous exodus, and our memories of the upheaval may have...

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Published: Sep 2018

The Last Man on the Mountain: The Dea...

Jennifer Jordan

"A fascinating tale. . . . Readers who are into high-altitude adventure stories won't be disappointed."—Associated PressIn 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of ...

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Published: Aug 2011

A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles...

Steve Kemper

A true story that rivals the travels of Burton or Stanley for excitement, and surpasses them in scientific achievements.In 1849 Heinrich Barth joined a small British expedition into unexplored regions of Islamic North and Central Afri...

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Published: Aug 2013

Giovanni Maria de Agostini, Wonder of...

David G. Thomas

This book is about a remarkable man, Giovanni Maria de Agostini, born in Italy in 1801, who combined two seemingly contradictory aspirations: a fervent desire to devote his whole life to "perfect solitude" and an astonishing...

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Published: Jun 2014

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of S...

Martin Dugard

With the utterance of a single line—"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?"—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. Da...

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Published: Apr 2004

Lost in Tibet: The Untold Story of Fi...

Richard Starks

Caught in a violent storm and blown far off their intended course, five American airmen--flying the dangerous Himalayan supply route known as "The Hump"--were forced to bail out just seconds before their plane ran out of fue...

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Published: Sep 2012

Wild Men, Wild Alaska: Finding What L...

Rocky McElveen

In Wild Men, Wild Alaska professional hunting and fishing guide and outfitter Rocky McElveen tells the stories of his own adventures as well as those of some of his well-known clients. The book takes readers directly into the Alaskan ...

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Published: Sep 2007

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Laurence Bergreen

As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia, Marco Polo was the earliest bridge between East and West. His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the ...

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Published: Nov 2008

Old Man on a Bicycle: A Ride Across A...

Don Petterson

When Don Petterson, a former American ambassador, told family and friends he intended to ride a bicycle from New Hampshire to San Francisco, most of them questioned his judgment, if not his sanity. He was in his seventies, hadn't been...

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Published: Jun 2014

The Champion Buffalo Hunter: The Fron...

Jeanette Prodgers

The Champion Buffalo Hunter is the fascinating memoir of one of the most legendary frontiersmen of the early West, "Yellowstone Vic" Smith. Born Victor Grant Smith in 1850, he lived a colorful life across the American fronti...

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Published: Nov 2008

The Last Gentleman Adventurer: Coming...

Edward Beauclerk Maurice

A fascinating true adventure story chronicles the experiences of Edward Beauclerk Maurice, a young explorer for the Hudson Bay Company who was taught survival techniques, and much more, by the Inuit people. Reader's Guide available. R...

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Published: Nov 2006

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Lonel...

"Taking off on a horse into the Mongolian Steppe sounds like the bracing inverse to an overpopulated, busy urban life, but having the skills and grit to pull it off is another thing entirely. . . . Lara Prior-Palmer attempted the...

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Published: May 2020
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