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Lost Explorers: Adventurers Who Disappeared Off the Face of the Earth [Paperback]

Ed Wright
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15 Sep 2008
Explorers have to be ready to die lost, said Russell Hoban and hopefully they are, because many of them do. Those who seek to discover the unknown, often risk falling victim to it. Some adventurers are lost, literally, forever; some have found their hidden continent or legendary city of gold, but lost their lives. The stories in The Lost Explorers are tragic, mysterious, thrilling, riproaring; their subjects include heroes, villains and misguided innocents. This book features approximately 80 adventurers who gave their lives in the cause of discovery. Each chapter discusses the adventurers chronologically, and each entry covers their career up to and including their final mission. Maps, portraits, photos and quotations from diaries and letters are featured throughout. Chapters: Lost Without a Trace (e.g. Ludwig Leichhardt, Australia, 1848; Amelia Earhart, Pacific, 1937); Lives Lost and Legends Born (e.g. Francis Drake, Panama 1596; Henry Hudson, Canada, 1611; James Cook, Hawaii, 1779; Ernest Shackleton, South Georgia, 1922); Lost ... and Found, Too Late (e.g. John Franklin, the Arctic, 1847; Burke and Wills, Australia, 1861; Robert Falcon Scott, Antarctica, 1912; George Mallory, Mount Everest, 1924). Key points: a fascinating survey of the risky business of exploration from earliest times until the modern day; a rich collection of facts, images and ripping yarns; an easy-to navigate but layered and dip-in-able design.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pier 9, Murdoch Books (15 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741961394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741961393
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Wright is a social commentator and regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, and the Australian Financial Review. He was the co-founder of the satirical Strewth! magazine and has a PhD in American Literature from the University of Sydney. He is also the author of Historys Greatest Scandals, Celebrity Family Trees and A Left-Handed History of the World (Pier 9, Murdoch Books).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Dec 2012
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I love history and the history of explorations and this book tell the story of diferent people that not allways are in the books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab value 5 Jan 2010
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Very good value for the price paid. Passed on as Christmas pressie and very well received. Was impressed with the quality and content.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brisk introduction to some amazing tales of derring-do 16 Jun 2013
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Ed Wright has here created a work all about explorers who lost the lot in their endeavours. The format of the book is important to consider for the prospective buyer. It is, in essence, a work that has abbreviated stories of a great many explorers from ancient times through to tales of the early aviators. The work is illustrated with maps, line drawings and various other visual aids as well as a small number of boxed text sections which are really very useful.

Now the plus side of such a format is that you are introduced to a whole range of explorers and some of their names will no doubt be familiar such as Livingstone, Stanley, Mungo Park, Amundsen and Scott. Many others will probably be new to the average reader and, of course, it may depend on what nation you are from as to whom is familiar and who is not. The format makes the book very easy reading and it is nice to be able to just read a few pages at a time and not lose the thread of what is going on. The downside is that you won't get an in depth knowledge of any of the stories.

The real value of a book like this is that even someone not interested in exploration etc will appreciate this book as something different if given to them as a gift. It will also probably inspire many of its readers to attack the bibliography with some alacrity to find works that really get into the meat and potatoes of some of these tales of human endeavour and endurance. And for these reasons alone the work gets four stars even if it does oft-times only scratch the surface of an event.
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