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The Mammoth book of explorers
Keay, John.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf, [2002]

Physical Description:
xviii, 487 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Subtitle on cover: Classic first-hand accounts of exploration by David Livingstone ..."
SIBERIA AND ALASKA : Stranded on Bering Island / Georg Wilhelm Stellar -- The walk to Moscow / John Dundas Cochrane -- CENTRAL AND SOUTH ASIA : Alarms amongst the Uzbeks / Alexander Burnes -- On the roof of the world / John Wood -- Lhasa beckons / Regis-Evariste Huc -- Exploring Angkhor / Henri Mouhot -- Over the Karakorams / Francis Edward Younghusband -- Trials in Tibet / Ekai Kawaguchi -- At the source of the Indus / Sven Hedin -- Everest by storm / Edmund Hilary -- ARABIA : Escape from Riyadh / William Gifford Palgrave -- Desert days / Charles Montagu Doughty -- The point of return / Harry St. John Bridger Philby -- To the empty quarter for a drink of water / Wilfred Thesiger -- WEST AFRICA : Alone in Africa / Mungo Park -- The road to Kano / Hugh Clapperton -- Down the Niger / Richard Lander -- Arrival in Timbuktu / Heinrich Barth -- My Ogowé / Mary Kingsley -- EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA : Among the Sudanese / James Bruce -- Not the source of the Nile / Richard Francis Burton -- A glimpse of Lake Victoria / John Hanning Speke -- The reservoir of the Nile / Samuel White Baker -- Last days / David Livingstone -- Encounters on the Upper Congo / Henry Morton Stanley -- A novice at large / Joseph Thomson.

AUSTRALIA : Landfall at Botany Bay / James Cook -- Escape from the outback / Charles Sturt -- Death at Coopers Creek / William John Wills -- To see the sea / John McDouall Stuart -- NORTH AMERICA : First crossing of America / Alexander Mackenzie -- Meeting the Shoshonee / Meriwether Lewis -- SOUTH AMERICA : Eating dirt in Venezuela / Alexander von Humboldt -- Iron rations in Amazonia / Henry Savage Landor -- The discovery of Machu Picchu / Hiram Bingham -- ARCTIC : Four years in the ice / John Ross -- Living off lichen and leather / John Franklin -- Adrift on an Arctic ice floe / Fridtjof Nansen -- The Pole is mine / Robert Edwin Peary -- ANTARCTIC : Farthest South / Ernest Henry Shackleton -- The Pole at last / Roald Amundsen -- In extremis / Robert Falcon Scott.
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The SS Special Troops in Italy in 1943, the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam in 1964, Britain's Special Air Services at Oman in 1972, the human torpedoes of the Italian Underwater Division of the Italian Navy in 1941--these stand among the many astonishing military operations recounted in this graphic, pulse-pounding volume of true tales told by fighters in the world's most elite armed forces. Veteran editor Jon E. Lewis assembles firsthand reports from the battlefields, featuring John Pimlott's Presidential citation for his bravery in Vietnam with the 1st Air Calvary, Claire Chennault's exploits with the Flying Tigers against the Japanese in Burma, Eugene sledge's island-hopping assaults with the U.S. 1st Marine Division, and John Lodwick's participation in the last wartime action of the British Special Boat Squadron--the inspiration for Alistair MacLean's Guns of Navarone. The Mammoth Book of Elite Forces covers the world's crack outfits from the dashing missions of the unorthodox British "Private Army" of Vladimir "Popski" Peniakoff to spread "alarm and despondency" behind Axis lines in Libya and Tunisia to the highly trained Israeli paratroopers who rescued an airplaneful of hostages in Entebbe. Included, too, are brave adventures of the Green Berets, the Delta Force, the French Foreign Legion, and all the other special corps who get going when the going gets tough.

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In 1980 Britain's Special Air Service, founded in North Africa in 1941, took on several Palestinian liberationists and members of Baader-Meinhof, a revolutionary organization, who hijacked a plane full of passengers. In 1941, members of Italy's Underwater Division of the 10th motor torpedo boat, aka the human torpedoes, drove underwater "chariots" amidst the British Mediterranean fleet and attached explosive warheads to the hulls of several ships. Despite the heroic stand of French Legionnaires, the nationalist-communist Viet Minh triumphed in 1954, effectively marking the end of French government in Vietnam. These and numerous other feats are recounted by participants, journalists and historians in The Mammoth Book of Elite Forces, edited by Jon E. Lewis. Nearly half of the accounts focus on WWII, and all of them feature Western armies. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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