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100 Greatest Adventure Books (20-39)

Book Cover: JournalsA list we had hoped our readers would enjoy turned out to be one of the most popular features in Adventure's five-year history. You asked for it—repeatedly—now you got it: the 100 Greatest in all their glory.

20. Seven Years in Tibet, by Heinrich Harrer (1953) Escaping from a British prisoner-of-war camp in India,the great Austrian climber headed for the mountains,Tibet,and freedom. Amazingly,he got all the way to Lhasa,where he befriended the young Dalai Lama. Revelations of Harrer's Nazi past have clouded his reputation,yet the book's deeply sympathetic portrait of the Tibetans endures.

21. Journals, by James Cook (1768-1779) Captain Cook made three voyages to the Pacific,discovered the east coast of Australia,stove a hole in his boat within the Great Barrier Reef,tried to find the Northwest Passage,had countless encounters with natives—and died during one of them—and was one of the greatest explorers the world has ever known. His Journals are a sober but fascinating account of how it felt to redefine the boundaries of the known world.
Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific,as Told by Selections of His Own Journals,1768-1779 (Dover Publications,1971). Penguin publishes an abridged version,The Journals of Captain Cook (2000).

22. Home of the Blizzard, by Douglas Mawson (1915) It is Antarctica,1912,and the Australian Mawson and two other men set out across King George Land. They find themselves in treacherous terrain,and one vanishes into a crevasse,along with dogs,a sledge,and most of the food.Book Cover: The Mountain of My Fear & Deborah: A Wilderness NarrativeThen the second man dies of starvation and dysentery. Blizzards rage for days,a week. Mawson endures. Mawson lives. A fine read that has never gotten quite the attention it deserves.
St. Martin's Press,2000.

23. The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin (1839) The grand old man of modern biology was a gentleman of leisure,a crack shot,and no scientist when,at 22,he boarded the Beagle for its long survey voyage to South America and the Pacific. His record of the trip is rich in anthropology and science. (His shipmates called him "the Fly-catcher.") The adventure comes in watching over Darwin's shoulder as he works out the first glimmerings of his theory of evolution.
National Geographic Books,2004.

24. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence (1926) A desert woman speaks to the British adventurer of his "horrible blue eyes which looked,she said,like the sky shining through the eye-sockets of an empty skull." Indeed. He must have been something—crazily intense in his white robes,as romantic a figure as any who has ever lived: Lawrence of Arabia. Who could resist such a book as this?

25. Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, by Mungo Park (1799) In 1795,Park enters the African interior with a servant,a horse,some clothing,a few trade goods,a pair of pistols,and two days' worth of provisions. Eighteen months later,he emerges with nothing but the clothes on his back and his notes,which he'd kept in his hat. In between lies perhaps the best of the great early African explorations.
Duke University Press,2000.


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2007-09-03 15:43:11 by dreamdisturber

Subject, They are all written by clever "idiots". You have to go "outside the box" , as is said today. However, I am not really saying that you should should do what I say. It may be informative for you to read any textbook - just to get a "feel" - after all - we can learn something from every source. The thing is to know from yourself if something is true - believe no one. Every spiritual teacher would tell you that. Believe nothing and no one. Only what you understand from yourself can never be taken away from you, and will be a dependable guide to you in every life situation

Me too! It will be an adventure of a lifetime..

2007-06-12 06:39:36 by hayet

See I am nearing the end; and I have plans to accomplish... that being one of them.
We will be walking... that is the part that gives me the greatest pleasure (sure we cannot walk the whole, but we will be walking the road).
I need to this before Mecca and that is the goal.
Thanks... it will be pure and magical I know it.
Now, if you want to know something completely weird and amazing? My husband, a Sunni Muslim from Algeria... is allowing me (I use that term loosely... he is very trusting of me especially where God is concerned, he does not inflict his Dogma upon me, rather he has learned more of his own faith by hearing my trials and truths of Jesus)

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