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Explorers : from ancient times to the space age
Allen, John Logan, 1941-
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan Reference USA ; London : Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall International, [1999]

Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm



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G200 .E877 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
G200 .E877 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
G200 .E877 1999 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
G200 .E877 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
G200 .E877 1999 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
G200 .E877 1999 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A comprehensive reference source aimed at young readers, providing information on the exploration of the globe and space, including detailed biographies of the men and women who ventured into uncharted territory.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The logical organization of this set will appeal to both the middle-grade student and the adult researcher interested in exploration from ancient times to the space age and its impact on the civilizations of the world. The first volume contains the complete table of contents for all three volumes, the list of maps, and introductory essays. Volume 3 supplements the text with a glossary, lists of explorers by nationality and by area of exploration, a bibliography, and a complete index. The bibliography is divided into general works and works listed by region; an asterisk denotes titles written for young adults. Students will appreciate the alphabetical listing of the entries, which affords quick information retrieval, as well as the introductory essays, which offer an enhanced perspective. These include "The Technology of Exploration," which discusses tools, maps, and vessels; "Causes and Effects of Exploration"; and "The History of Exploration," which contains a time line. Profiles of 333 men and women make up most of the set's content, arranged alphabetically from Acuna, Cristobal de, a Spaniard who published the earliest account of the Amazon, to Zheng He, a fifteenth-century Chinese naval commander. Among others who are included are astronauts Neil Armstrong and Valentina Tereshkova, naturalists John James Audubon and Charles Darwin, President Theodore Roosevelt, and conqueror Alexander the Great. Entries are between one and seven pages long. The margin of each page is used to present headnotes, define terms used in the text, and, in many cases, provide portraits. Also in the margin is a background design taken from ancient maps; though attractive, this can be distracting. Fifty of the entries contain maps. See also references help the reader navigate the text, and each entry concludes with a few suggested readings. An added feature is the inserts of full-color plates in each volume; the rest of the set is in two colors. There are a number of other resources available for students on the topic of explorers. The 10-volume Grolier Student Library of Explorers and Exploration [RBB Ap 15 98] is organized according to topic, such as voyages to Asia and Australia and the exploration of the North and South Poles. Color illustrations are generously placed throughout the text. UXL's four-volume Explorers and Discoverers [RBB My 1 95] and its two supplements, based on Gale's Explorers and Discoverers of the World (1993), profile more than 200 individuals in entries that are three to five pages in length. The reading level of both the Grolier and UXL sets is slightly lower than Macmillan's. For an older group of students, Salem Press has recently published Explorers, which compiles articles from Magill's Great Lives from History series. Explorers: From Ancient Times to the Space Age is an attractive choice for middle school and up and is recommended for public and school libraries that need another resource on the topic. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-In a visually stimulating format, this set profiles 333 world explorers, including cartographers, merchants, navigators, botanists, archaeologists, treasure hunters, and astronauts. The alphabetically arranged biographies vary in length from one to several pages; succinct subheadings summarize and visually organize the clearly written text. A muted, gray sidebar introduces each featured explorer with a brief headnote and gives helpful definitions of terms appearing in boldface in the accompanying text. Well-selected, high-quality black-and-white portraits and maps abound. The sketches conclude with brief "Suggested Reading" lists of mostly inaccessible, out-of-print sources. Three lengthy introductory essays are of great value in their own right: "The Technology of Exploration," "Causes and Effects of Exploration," and "The History of Exploration." A section of color plates is included in each volume. The set concludes with a list of explorers by nationality, by geographic area of exploration (including space), and an extensive bibliography (entries marked with an asterisk are written for young adults). The "spirit of discovery" is alive here; this is a solid resource with considerable browsing appeal.-Mary Ann Carcich, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Reference books about explorers and discoverers appear at regular intervals because they deal with a subject of high and perennial interest. Explorers contains 333 biographical articles, each of which includes a headnote, a brief introductory paragraph summarizing the individual's accomplishments and significance, a text that surveys the person's career, and a bibliography. Complementing the biographical articles are three introductory essays in volume 1 dealing with the technology, the effects, and the history of exploration. Volume 3 concludes with a glossary, a general bibliography, and an index. Individual articles are clearly written, cross-referenced, and generously supplemented by illustrations and maps. Besides the usual explorers like Columbus and Captain Cook, Explorers includes cartographers, historians, and inventors such as Richard Hakluyt, al-Idrisi, and Eratosthenes. Astronauts such as John Glenn and Sally Ride are also included. Unfortunately, bibliographies attached to the entries are not always up-to-date: the Hernando de Soto entry does not list David Ewing Duncan's recent study, and the Vasco da Gama entry lists new research but fails to incorporate it into the text. Inexplicably, Prince Henry the Navigator is omitted entirely. Although nicely produced, Explorers adds little to World Explorers and Discoverers, ed. by Richard E. Bohlander (CH, Jan'93). R. Fritze Lamar University