Off the Map: Tales of Endurance and Exploration

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 518 pages
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On John Franklin's 1820 expedition to find the North-West Passage, Michel Teroahaute cannibalized two team members and was preparing a third when he was caught and killed. When Rene la Salle set off for the Mississippi Delta in 1684, he missed the target by five hundred miles, but on landing immediately built a prison for those who fell asleep on watch. Consummate storyteller Fergus Fleming brings together these and forty-three other gripping stories of adventure and endeavor. "Off the Map" recounts episodes both classic and forgotten: the "classics" are brought to life in more vivid colors than ever before; the lesser known stories offer accounts of feats that are no less heroic or extraordinary but have long lain hidden in the undergrowth of history. From the Renaissance golden age of Columbus, da Gama, and Magellan to the twentieth-century heroics of polar explorers such as Peary, Scott, and Amundsen, this is an unforgettable journey into the annals of adventure.

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Fleming (Ninety Degrees North ), who defines this book as a "sort-of history of exploration," succeeds in offering gripping accounts of adventure and discovery. Starting in the 13th and ending in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

FERGUS FLEMING was born in 1959 and studied at Oxford University and City University. He was a writer and editor at Time-Life Books for six years before becoming a freelance writer in 1991. His previous books are "Barrow's Boys, Ninety Degrees North, and "Killing Dragons.

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