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Explore : stories of survival from off the map
Willis, Jennifer Schwamm.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press : Balliett & Fitzgerald ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 374 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
from The lost tribe / An evening among headhunters / Lost city of the Lukachukais / from Antisuyo: the search for the lost cities of the Amazon / Cahill among the ruins in Peru / from Farthest North / from Snow on the equator / from In trouble again / Bat from the Ice Age / Birds with no feet / from Adventures in the unknown interior of America / from The dogs of paradise / Bikpela Hol / Crazy in the Congo / from The Indian Alps and how we crossed them / Arctic discovery / Upland stream / from This wild darkness / from Mountains of Tartary
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G525 .E84 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Explore: Stories of Survival from Off the Map offers first-hand accounts by the world's boldest explorers, who have encountered storms, starvation, canibals, predators, and disease in their pursuit of mystery and adventure. Nunez Cabeza de Vaca writes of his 16th century expedition to the region north of the Gulf of Mexico, an amazing tale of survival and hardship that begins with the loss of de Vaca's ships and the capture and enslavement of his party by Indians. Argentinian novelist AbelPosse gives us an unforgettable Christopher Columbus facing down mutiny and the threat of starvation Tim Flannery almost dies while searching for Fulmer's Fruit Bat, thought to have become extinct 12,000 years ago. Thor Heyderdahl recounts his earliest adventure in Polynesia. Premier mountaineering and adventure writer David Roberts searches for a legendary lost city high in the cliffs of New Mexico. Following an ancient trail, Roberts discovers a beautifully preserved Anasazi city -- and acurse. Explore also includes writing by Lawrence Millman, Gene Savay, John Long, Redmond O'Hanlon, Fanny Bullock Workman and William Hunter Workman, Andrea Barrett, and W.H. Murray.

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Booklist Review

These 19 masterful adventure tales span five centuries of exploration. There is an excerpt from Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca's account of his sixteenth-century journey to the region north of the Gulf of Mexico, first published in Spain in 1542. There are stories of visits to the Liawep, a "lost tribe" living in the New Guinea jungle, and to the Ecuadorian Amazon, looking for a tribe of headhunters. Other exotic tales include a search for an ancient lost city once inhabited by the cliff-dwelling Anasazi in New Mexico and a search for the legendary capital city of the Inca civilization in Peru. An unsuccessful voyage to the North Pole in 1893 is matched with an expedition in 1932 in which two explorers climbed to more than 16,000 feet in East Africa's Ruwenzori mountains. And also appearing is an excerpt from the late novelist Harold Brodkey's journal that he kept after learning in 1993 that he was dying of AIDS. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

This compilation of 19 firsthand accounts contains the writings of, or about, explorers. Alvar Nu$ez Cabeza de Vaca, whose account of his exploration of the interior of North America is featured here, may be the only name familiar to most readers. Tim Cahill's farcical narrative of travel in the Andes and Tim Flannery's discovery of a bat in New Guinea that was thought to be extinct are somewhat entertaining. Harold Brodkey writes of his own death from AIDS in a touching but thematically unrelated passage. It is difficult to explain the inclusion of a passage from a hallucinatory novel about Columbus by Abel Posse in a volume otherwise dedicated to factual accounts. Altogether, this is a disorganized and rather disorienting collection that is not associated with any historical period, geographical area, or, apparently, any other discernible principle. Although some of the excerpts are interesting in themselves, others are perplexingly incomplete. Not recommended.DEdwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Edward MarriottLawrence MillmanDavid RobertsGene SavoyTim CahillFridtjof NansenH. W. TilmanRedmond O'HanlonTim FlanneryAndrea BarrettAlvar Nunez Cabeza de VacaAbel PosseJohn Long and Dwight BrooksMichael FinkelNina MazuchelliLawrence MillmanW. D. WetherellHarold BrodkeyEric Shipton
Photographsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
from The Lost Tribep. 7
An Evening Among Headhuntersp. 45
Lost City of the Lukachukaisp. 57
from Antisuyo: The Search for the Lost Cities of the Amazonp. 75
Cahill Among the Ruins in Perup. 85
from Farthest Northp. 115
from Snow on the Equatorp. 139
from In Trouble Againp. 159
Bat from the Ice Agep. 193
Birds with No Feetp. 209
from Adventures in the Unknown Interior of Americap. 229
from The Dogs of Paradisep. 253
Bikpela Holp. 265
Crazy in the Congop. 283
from The Indian Alps and How We Crossed Themp. 307
Arctic Discoveryp. 321
Upland Streamp. 325
from This Wild Darknessp. 345
from Mountains of Tartaryp. 357
Acknowledgmentsp. 371
Bibliographyp. 374
Young Jivaro tribesman [copyright] H.E. Anthony/Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 7
Headhunters with weapons [copyright] H.E. Anthony/Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 45
Cliff dwellings [copyright] Galen Rowell/Mountainlight Imagesp. 57
Vilcabamba, Peru [copyright] Hiram Bingham Collection/Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 75
Pre-Incan ruins [copyright] Allard Collection/Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 85
Ice Drifts [copyright] Galen Rowell/Mountainlight Imagesp. 115
Ruwenzori Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 139
Central American fer-de-lance Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 159
Bat cave Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 193
Bird of paradise Courtesy National Geographic Societyp. 209
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum: Map of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico [copyright] Tony Arruza/Corbisp. 229
Fleet ships of Christopher Columbus [copyright] Bettmann/Corbisp. 253
Entrance to underground cavern [copyright] Thomas R. Fletcher/Stock Boston/Picture Questp. 265
Killer bees swarm around Hank Morganstern [copyright] Chris Anderson/Aurorap. 283
Himalayan range [copyright] Galen Rowell/Corbisp. 307
Baffin Island [copyright] Galen Rowell/Mountainlight Imagesp. 321
Trout Stream [copyright] Jeff Greenberg/RAINBOW/PictureQuestp. 325
Boy on raft [copyright] Steve Maines/Stock, Boston/PictureQuestp. 345
Mountains in the Kashgar Range [copyright] Alison Wright/Corbisp. 357