- THAMES & HUDSON
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- Relatos de Viajes
GREAT EXPLORERS, THE
FORTY OF THE GREATEST MEN AND WOMEN WHO CHANGED OUR PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD
It has always been mankind's gift, or curse, to be inquisitive, and through the ages people have been driven to explore the limits of the worlds known to them - and beyond. These are the men and women who changed our perception of our surroundings through their courageous adventures, and who revealed the planet to us. Here are the stories of forty of the world's greatest explorers. Marianne North only began her voyages at the age of forty; Francis Garnier went to extreme lengths and near insanity to follow the course of Mekong; Edward Wilson twice travelled with Scott to reach the South Pole, dying with him after Amundsen beat them to the goal; Nain Singh walked huge distances to map the forbidden land of Tibet, counting every pace. And Yuri Gagarin took perhaps the greatest leap into uncharted territory in his tiny space capsule. Written by an international group of distinguished travel writers, broadcasters and historians, the book is organized thematically, opening with the oceanic journeys of 500 years ago, when the great era of recorded exploration began. Other sections look at The Land, Rivers, Polar Ice, Deserts, Life on Earth and New Frontiers. Many of these explorers recounted their journeys in vivid first-hand accounts; others were superb artists and photographers. The book is illustrated with beautiful paintings, photographs, engravings and maps, as well as quotations, so that we can experience their adventures through their own eyes and in their own words.