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Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide: 1st Edition Hardcover – 25 Mar 1998


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Desert Winds Publishing (25 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953232409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953232406
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" .. surely one of the best off-roading advice books ever written." -- Autocar

" This is an outstanding book and we are very impressed. It will benefit all those who embark on vehicle-based expeditions ... the same thoroughness that has become a hallmark of the Sheppard stable." -- Royal Geographical Society

"... an inspired result ... unusual distinction of being well written (clear but not condescending) ... thoughtfully designed and beautifully illustrated. The quality of photographic images, sketches and diagrams is exceptionally high .." -- Land Rover International magazine, UK

"Attention to both mundane and technical detail is highly impressive." -- Independent on Sunday, Travel Section

'... one of the most comprehensive books on off-pavement driving that has ever been produced. Tom Sheppard is known as a world-wide expert on expeditions and expedition vehicles. ... The print quality and photography are superb."

-- Four Wheeler magazine, USA

Press comment on Tom Sheppard's earlier books on operation of four wheel drive vehicles THE LAND ROVER EXPERIENCE Editions 1 and 2:

"His writing is superb. The most complex subjects are explained with striking clarity and simplicity supported with summary side notes and ... hundreds of attractive drawings and pictures. Most surprising is the quality of the excellent all-colour photography, which combines high information content with stunning locations and artistic merit." -- Daily Telegraph, UK

From the Publisher

This book started as a commission from Land Rover to 'do a little booklet on expeditions'. We had the idea of basing it around the Royal Geographical Society notes Tom Sheppard had done earlier - these in turn drawing on his extensive expedition experience and in particular the first west-east crossing of the Sahara for which he gained the Royal Geographical Society's prestigious Ness Award. It soon became clear the project was going to be a monster and Tom's characteristic thoroughness and grasp of detail were between them making time scales hard to predict. In the middle of it all Land Rover's increasingly complex involvement with BMW put their mind on other things. To preserve the value of the work done and to ensure survival of the project, Desert Winds Publishing was formed. The book would be published and printed by Desert Winds and then sold to Land Rover. Through several knife-edge situations the project survived. We determined to make it a top quality product - another of Tom Sheppard's obsessions - yet, with a view to the very special buying public for this material, vowed to keep the price below #30. A 550 page full colour hardback on good paper is not easy to do for that price and only the small size and lean format of Desert Winds enabled the goals to be met. We had no idea at the start that it would reach 550 pages - or take three years' research to complete! Looking back, and looking at what resulted, we have no regrets about either figure. Many well-earned acknowledgements appear in the book where outside advice was sought, considered and incorporated but we'd like to repeat here our gratitude to all those who helped. And that includes Butler and Tanner Ltd in Frome, whose printing and binding make a substantial contribution to a book of which we are quietly proud.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Watson on 11 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
There are several books that cover this topic. None so thorough. Yes, this is published in part by Land Rover. No, that does not affect the content. Tom Sheppard has been there and done it, whether in 4x4 or on motorbike. This is *indispensable*. It covers everything from team selection through to after-expedition reports, including exhaustive details of vehicle and equipment choice and modifications. Unbiased, dry and factual, with a smattering of humour from an RAF officer turned expeditions expert. Very, very good.
Partly includes stuff from the Royal Geographical Society 'Desert Expeditions' book, updated, but also other stuff. Together with an area-specific guide for the GPS locations (eg Chris Scott's Sahara guide, also on Amazon, though some of Scott's conclusions on equipment and vehicles are questionable) this is all you need for exploration of an area.
This is *the* all-time classic manual for exploration of arduous terrain by vehicle. By-the-by its also a hell of a travel book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book covering all aspects of a vehicle based expedition/overland trip. Essential reading in the early stages of project planning and definately read it before making any major purchases such as a 4x4 vehicle. An ecxellent book for someone new to this field of endeavour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Regardless of whether you are an arm-chair adventurer or a veteran of the wilderness you will learn a great deal from this book. Very litle of its content is based on hear say, the bulk is derived from well researched fact; combined with the wisdom of many years experience. Use Amazon's satisfaction guarantee and take a look, if your making a trip its as essential as your first aid kit!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Romgoz on 4 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
The amount of background information is really massive. The book is most helpful to understand how to make things work according to plan. A good read if you need facts, not fiction.
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