Points Unknown by David Roberts
A Century of Great Exploration (Outside Books)

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This collection of adventure writing ranges from Robert Falcon Scott's final journal entry to Jon Krakauer's reckless solo climb of the Devil's Thumb to Tom Wolfe's brilliant portrayal of Chuck Yeager shattering the sound barrier in "The Right Stuff". A frigid winter ascent of Mount McKinley; the vastness of Arabia's Empty Quarter; the impossibly thin air at Everest's summit; the deadly black pressure of an underwater cave; a desperate escape through a Norwegian winter - these stories recount the minutes, hours, and days of lives pushed to the brink.

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David Roberts, Reader in German at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is coeditor of the journal "Thesis Eleven," He is the author of "The Indirections of Desire: Hamlet in Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister"" (1980) and other books.
Published November 13, 2000 by Outside Books. 416 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Science & Math, History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Roberts’s apology for this editorial slight is unconvincing, and he lets slip a telling complaint that goodies like GPS systems and four-wheel-drive vehicles “run the risk at times of emasculating adventure.” Unconvincing, too, is his explanation why the book contains only work originally publis...

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