True Adventure Tales

The last explorer : Hubert Wilkins, hero of the great age of polar exploration

Simon Nasht.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Nonfiction, Travel

This riveting biography recounts the life of the world's firsttruly modern explorer, a life of unrelenting adventure and the high dramaof polar exploration. Hubert Wilkins was the most successful explorer inhistory: no one saw with his own eyes more undiscovered land and sea.Largely self-taught, he was a celebrated reporter, pilot, spy, war hero,scientist, and adventurer. He captured in his lens war and famine, cheateddeath repeatedly, met world ...

Valverde's gold : in search of the last great Inca treasure

Mark Honigsbaum.

Action/Adventure, History, Travel, Nonfiction

In 1887, two British sailors landed on the coast of Ecuador and set off across the Andes on a secret mission. Their task was to locate an immense hoard of Inca gold which had been lost for hundreds of years. A botanist who had recently returned from Ecuador had provided them with documents proving it still existed and gave them the route to find it. And find it they did - but both perished before they could make their way back to the cave a secon...

The tragic history of the sea : shipwrecks from Bible to Titanic

edited by Anthony Brandt.

Action/Adventure, History, Travel, Nonfiction

The factual accounts of ship wrecks were so fanciful that Brandt, a specialist in the history of travel and adventure literature, decided not to include any fiction. Most of the 29 descriptions are by survivors, but other authors include Luke, Cotton Mather, Thoreau, and Mark Twain. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Arctic labyrinth : the quest for the Northwest Passage

Glyn Williams.

History, Action/Adventure, Nonfiction, Travel

The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage--an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a short cut to the fabulous wealth of Asia-obsessed explorers for centuries. While global warming has brought several such routes into existence, until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassable ice. Voyagers faced unimaginable horrors--entire ships crushed, mass starvation, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism--in pu...

A first rate tragedy : Robert Falcon Scott and the race to the South Pole

Diana Preston.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Nonfiction, Travel

A vivid account of one of the century's great misadventures--Robert Falcon Scott's doomed British expedition to Antarctica of 1910. 3 maps. Two 8-page inserts.

The last voyage of Columbus : being the epic tale of the great captain's fourth expedition, including accounts of swordfight, mutiny, shipwreck, gold, war, hurricane, and discovery

Martin Dugard.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Travel, Nonfiction

Columbus' fourth voyage is a saga of shipwreck, mutiny, discovery, and political treachery, yet his quest to find a passage to the Orient drove him onward in the face of peril.

The far traveler : voyages of a Viking woman

Nancy Marie Brown.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Nonfiction, Travel

Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman named Gudrid sailed off the edge of the known world. She landed in the New World and lived there for three years, giving birth to a baby before sailing home. Or so the Icelandic sagas say. Even after archaeologists found a Viking longhouse in Newfoundland, no one believed that the details of Gudrid's story were true. Then, in 2001, a team of scientists discovered what may have been this pioneerin...

Fatal journey : the final expedition of Henry Hudson--a tale of mutiny and murder in the Arctic

Peter C. Mancall.

History, Nonfiction, Travel, Biography, Action/Adventure

In celebration of the anniversary of English navigator Henry Hudson's historic 1609 voyage to New York, Mancall (history and anthropology, U. of S. California) presents a gripping account of Hudson's next--and final--expedition to the region. As Hudson navigated his small ship, the Discovery, up the Hudson River in the fall of 1610 he and his 22-man English crew encountered unexpectedly harsh, life-threatening conditions. When the ship became ice...

Mirage : Napoleon's scientists and the unveiling of Egypt

Nina Burleigh.

Action/Adventure, Travel, Nonfiction, History

On July 1, at four in the afternoon, first one, then another, then a chorus of voices from three hundred ships called: "Land!" The first glimpse of Egypt filled each man with joy, expectation, and dread. Men clamored for the telescopes, seeking a glimpse of the ancient capital of classical learning and luxury. They squinted into the lenses. The afternoon sun glittered on the water, blinding them at first, confusing their eyes. Was it possible tha...

Ada Blackjack : a true story of survival in the Arctic

Jennifer Niven.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Travel, Nonfiction

It was controversial explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson who sent four young men and Ada Blackjack into the far North to colonize desolate, uninhabited Wrangel Island. Only two of the men had set foot in the Arctic before. They took with them six months' worth of supplies on Stefansson's theory that this would be enough to sustain them for a year while they lived off the land itself. But as winter set in, they were struck by hardship and tragedy. As m...

The fourth part of the world : the race to the ends of the Earth, and the epic story of the map that gave America its name

Toby Lester.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Travel, Nonfiction

"Old maps lead you to strange and unexpected places, and none does so more ineluctably than the subject of this book: the giant, beguiling Waldseemüller world map of 1507." So begins this remarkable story of the map that gave America its name. For millennia Europeans believed that the world consisted of three parts: Europe, Africa, and Asia. They drew the three continents in countless shapes and sizes on their maps, but occasionally they hin...

Blind descent : the quest to discover the deepest place on earth

James M. Tabor.

Action/Adventure, Travel, Biography

The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth's deepest cave---the supercave---remained undiscovered. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the like...

Into Africa : the epic adventures of Stanley & Livingstone

Martin Dugard.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Travel, Nonfiction

American adventurer and adventure writer Dugard tells how British explorer David Livingstone (1813-73) sought the source of the Nile in the 1860s and 1870s, and how American reporter Henry M. Stanley went looking for him when he had been gone some time longer than expected. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West

Stephen E. Ambrose.

Action/Adventure, Biography, History, Travel, Nonfiction

From the bestselling author of the definitive book on D-Day comes the definitive book on the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis was the perfect choice. He e...

Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe

Laurence Bergreen.

Action/Adventure, Travel, Nonfiction, History, Biography

In chronicling the landmark but ultimately fatal voyage undertaken by the Portuguese explorer to find a sea route to Indonesia's Spice Islands from 1519-21, the author of includes spicy details of the political intrigue and exotic sexual practices encountered. The book includes color plates and endpaper maps. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The river of doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey

Candice Millard

History, Biography, Nonfiction, Action/Adventure

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait,The River of Doubtis the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth. The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its wate...