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Dead Reckoning: Tales of the Great Explorers, 1800-1900
Helen Whybrow (2002)
This remarkable collection contains stories from the most compelling and celebrated odysseys of the century, some of them long-forgotten classics of their time. From polar navigation to the search for the source of the Nile to the first crossing of the Himalayas to a quest for the origin of species, this book ranges the globe and captures the restlessness of the human spirit.
“What emerges again and again in the writings Whybrow has compiled are not the ways in which an explorer destroys or inflates or distorts but the ways an explorer comes to see.”—Edward Rothstein, New York Times
Paperback, 576 pages.