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on 3 June 2013
It has 70 chapters of about 3-4 pages each, and many photographs/drawings.
Each chapter/journey can be read independently, and it is great to pick up the book once in a while and to read/learn about a journey.
Besides learning about a particular journey, we learn about History too.

The reason why I don't give 5 stars is chapter 55 "race to the south pole".
That chapter could have been written by a football journalist from "The Sun" basically. It is all about the great Cook and the evil Amundsen.
"Admunsen proved to be a master of deceit(...) By a sheer a stroke of sheer good fortune Admunsen reached the mountains(...) the sweat of Scott's team was "honest" [this time according to Bowers](...) freak weather [for Scott] (...) Scott's men lost their race against dogs-power [right, so the norwegians have no merite whatsoever](...) Admunsen spent the rest of his life an aloof and embittered man(...) caused the suicide of his second-in-command".
Very weird nationalistic unfair chapter to say the least.
Who cares about dogs? Point is to bring the crew back alive. Nobody died in Admunsen's crew. The five guys in Scott's crew died. And if it is because of dogs, the conclusion should be "Scott should have used dogs. Admunsen made the right choice in using dogs", not "It was unfair to use dogs. There is no merit. Better to die frozen than using dogs" as the writer seems to believe.
The writer also failed to mention the circumstances of Admunsen's death - it was on a rescue mission.
I am afraid that the sheer nationalism and obvious bitterness in that chapter makes me a little suspicious of what is said in the other chapters.

But again, as I said in the first paragraph, it is very pleasant to open this book once in a while and read a bit about one of those great adventures!
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on 17 August 2007
This book is full of stunning photos, maps and facts of some of the most important journeys of mankind. Many I knew about, some were new to me all fascinating. Robin does a great job of telling a back-story, the human story behind the conventional telling of the tale.

The book is heavy and is beautifully made. After reading mine I ordered two more for Christmas presents.

My recommendation is quite simply, if you have an interest in history or exploration this book is the must have reference book.
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on 29 December 2014
Bought this book for my dad as xmas present he was thrilled with it.
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on 23 July 2014
item is good just as described, thanks
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