Explorers by DK Publishing

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From the first people to leave Africa to the first to leave the planet, the urge to explore the unknown has driven human progress. DK's Explorers tells the story of humanity's explorations, taking the reader into the lives of some of the most intrepid people ever known. Focusing on 50 of the world's greatest explorers, with shorter entries on 60 of their helpers and companions, the book is filled with first-person accounts in the explorers' own words, rare maps, specially commissioned photographs, and artworks re-create history s greatest expeditions. From trade and the search for lands to colonize, to scientific curiosity and missionary zeal, Explorers introduces history's most famous trail blazers-people whose courage opened frontiers, turned voids into maps, forged nations, connected cultures, and added to humankind's knowledge of the world by leaps and bounds.

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Sir Ranulph (Ran) Fiennes is an English adventurer and holder of several endurance records. Fiennes served in the British army for eight years, including a period on counter-insurgency service while attached to the army of the Sultanate of Oman. He then undertook numerous expeditions and is credited with being the first man to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means, and the first man to completely cross Antarctica on foot. In May 2009, aged 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, he is the world's greatest living adventurer.The Smithsonian Institution is a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.
Published September 20, 2010 by DK Publishing. 360 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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