exploration

  In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores.

    

  Naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon is a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life.

In his new book - Mother of God, Rosolie relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. He will be doing a reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

    Six years after Lewis and Clark's began their journey to the Pacific Northwest, two of the Eastern establishment's leading figures, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson, turned their sights to founding a colony akin to Jamestown on the West Coast and transforming the nation into a Pacific trading power.

Author and correspondent for Outside magazine Peter Stark recreates this pivotal moment in American history, drawing on original source material to tell the amazing true story of the Astor Expedition in his book, Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival.

  The mostly forgotten explorer Paul du Chaillu introduced the world to gorillas. His methods were attacked and his work discredited during his lifetime, but he also experienced fame and redemption.

Author Monte Reel illuminates the little-known tale of the 19th century explorer in his new book Between Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm.

Humankind is endlessly fascinated with maps, and we are surrounded by them now more than ever.

In On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield, Garfield explores the unique ways that maps reflect human history and how they are a key part of our evolution as a species.

Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit is the first full history of around-the-world travel. In it, Joyce E. Chaplin brilliantly tells the story of circumnavigation.