Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century

Points Unknown The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century From Robert Falcon Scott s final journal entry to Jon Krakauer s reckless solo climb of the Devil s Thumb David Roberts and the editors of Outside have gathered the most enduring adventure literature

  • Title: Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century
  • Author: DavidRoberts
  • ISBN: 9780393323788
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Robert Falcon Scott s final journal entry to Jon Krakauer s reckless solo climb of the Devil s Thumb, David Roberts and the editors of Outside have gathered the most enduring adventure literature of the century into one heart stopping volume A frigid winter ascent of Mount McKinley the vastness of Arabia s Empty Quarter the impossibly thin air at Everest s summit From Robert Falcon Scott s final journal entry to Jon Krakauer s reckless solo climb of the Devil s Thumb, David Roberts and the editors of Outside have gathered the most enduring adventure literature of the century into one heart stopping volume 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 and thirty six other stories recount the minutes, hours, and days of lives pushed to the brink But there is to adventure than hair s breadth escapes By turns charming and tragic, whimsical and nerve racking, this extraordinary collection gets to the heart of why adventure stories enthrall us Includes works by Sebastian Junger, Jon Krakauer, Edward Abbey, Tim Cahill, Edward Hoagland, Ernest Shackleton, Freya Stark, and Wilfred Thesiger.

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    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.See this thread for information David Roberts is the author of seventeen books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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    • I love this collection of adventure stories. They are snippets from some of the great adventure books of all time and I've gone back and read the stories again and again.

    • Points Unknown David Roberts608 pagesNon-Fiction In this book there are forty-one different stories about great exploration in history. I will only do a summery of one story. Edward Abbey (1927-1989). Edward Abbey likes to explore alone, in places nobody has every been. When he was exploring a side canyon off Havasu Canyon when he realized that he would not be able to make it back to camp in time unless he took a shortcut. He saw a canyon leading down into Havasu canyon, but he didn't know if he [...]

    • Christopher Sutch

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 10:51 AM)

      This does have some genuinely canonical examples of exploration literature, and those pieces are definitely worth reading (though editor Roberts doesn't pay one-tenth of the attention he should to the politics of many of his explorers, unless they are absolutely beyond the pale in their racism). However, for a book called "Points Unknown" and supposedly dedicated to the literature of exploration, there are far too many pieces in here that are boring, redundant, or just plain not about exploratio [...]

    • A fairly lengthy compilation of adventure stories, most from early in the 20th century, potentially because there were more dangers at that time due to inadequate equipment. Not that equipment of today is by any means sufficient to conquer nature at its finest.There were riveting parts of this book, and others were mundane and often redundant as a collection. There was a great variety of activities the stories were based on, which is a great relief after starting off with three or four more or l [...]

    • A fascinating collection of journal entries from famous explorations of the 20th century. I first saw this book at my inlaw's house, and read a number of chapters while there. After returning home I borrowed a copy from the library to read it in its entirety.

    • Awesome summary of adventure literature, some recent, some not so recent

    • Well-chosen excerpts of high adventure true stories. Gave me lots of titles to pursue in this genre.

    • I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/13865294

    • Some stories were good, most were only so-so. It was good to get a glimpse of some interesting stories, but I don't particularly care for the passages that were chosen.

    • Loved it!

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