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The Explorers Paperback – 2 Dec 1999


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (2 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753809036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753809037
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,976,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An anthology of epic first-hand accounts of exploration in Australia

About the Author

Tim Flannery was born in Melbourne in 1956. He lives in Sydney, where he is Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum. In 1998 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 30 Dec 1999
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What possesses a person to set off into the trackless wastes of Australia, with the almost certain knowledge that death lies waiting to welcome them into his scrawny arms? Reading this book gives you some of the answers and some of the idea of the pain and suffering undergone by these explorers (and in some cases the hapless Aborigines coerced into seeking water). There are some amazingly good writers within these pages, quite unexpected when you consider that many of them were ex-convicts or self-taught (and comparing them to some contemporary American explorers); there are some delightful descriptive passages and the occasional bout of whimsy, especially the anecdote of how 'Rocket' got his name - I was in hoots! An excellent read, which encouraged me to order several old copies of explorers' accounts. Thoroughly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RosP on 17 Jan 2013
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I really enjoyed this book which includes a wide variety of explorers and their journeys, mostly taken from their own writings. They survived horrendous experiences, searching desperately for the next water hole, and some died in their attempts to travel this unforgiving continent. They also encountered Aborigines, some treating them with respect, others shamefully.

I recommend the book to anyone interested in the exploration of Australia, or in adventuring anywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blake on 25 Mar 2012
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Absolutely brilliant, my kind of book. Just what I was hoping for. Personal narrative accounts of the past. Factual historical peek at another era. I enjoy the immersive aspects of personal diary accounts of adventures and tales. From the view of the explorer. I wasn't disappointed.
This had a great many stories from different characters of the period, all chronologically written in order. Faithfully keeping to the source text without deviation.
Well pleased.
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