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  • Author:
    Fergus Fleming
  • ISBN:
    0802142729
  • ISBN13:
    978-0802142726
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  • Publisher:
    Grove Press; Reprint edition (June 12, 2006)
  • Pages:
    518 pages
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    World
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    4.5
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Off the Map is a wonderfll book. It consists of a number of vignettes, each a story of exploration.

Off the Map is a wonderfll book. It is basically a summary of world exploration from Marco Polo in 1271 to Umberto Nobile in 1928. The majority seem to involve polar exploration - Northwest Passage and all that - with a fair number set in Africa, as well. Though I've read whole books on a few of these stories, in most cases a book might be too much, especially for those of us with too many books on the to-read list.

Fergus Fleming is one of the best story tellers when it comes to relating tales of man's greatest efforts in the world of. .This is a very good book to me. Short concise tales of many different explorers

Fergus Fleming is one of the best story tellers when it comes to relating tales of man's greatest efforts in the world of exploration. This is an easy read, covering many different stories from Marco Polo to Ernest Shackleton. Virtually all parts of the world are covered from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the Jungles to the Deserts. Short concise tales of many different explorers. Has led me to other books about individual explorers that I found more to my interest that i wanted to learn about more indepthly, if that is a word.

560 pp. 2 people like this topic

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Off the map. Tales of endurance and exploration. as told by. FERGUS FLEMING. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by. any electronic or mechanical means, or the facilitation thereof, including. information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from.

OFF THE MAP Tales of Endurance and Exploration. Off the map. Tales of Endurance. 518 pp. Atlantic Monthly Press. As to what makes an explorer, it is a question that will have to remain unanswered.

Fergus Fleming, Off the Map: Tales of Endurance and Exploration (New York: Grove Press, 2004), 3. Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2005.

Fergus Fleming, Off the Map: Tales of Endurance and Exploration (New York: Grove Press, 2004), 30. Fleming, Off the Map, 30. William D. Phillips and Carla Rahn Phillips, The Worlds of Christopher Columbus (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 142-143. Phillips and Phillips, The Worlds of Christopher Columbus, 155. Robin S. Doak, Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World (Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2005), 92. Bibliography.

Off with your toes You have to be a tough nut for inclusion in Fergus Fleming's anthology of travel .

Fergus Fleming's collection of ripping yarns, Cassell's Tales of Endurance, leaves Kevin Rushby counting his blessings. You have to be a tough nut for inclusion in Fergus Fleming's anthology of travel: no namby-pamby eulogies to ancient architecture or comical character sketches will do - this man wants you to eat a horse, then your shoes (unnecessary baggage anyway after your frostbitten toes fall off). This is travel and exploration as dogged endurance, frequently ending in death, but not necessarily a grave.

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 in Off the Map.Spanning three ages of exploration, it is a uniquely accessible and supremely entertaining history 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.

Fenrikasa
Amos interesting book. About 20 pages for each adventure. Must be 100 adventures of man of exploration. From the early 1600s to the late 1800s. Men of courage. Men of Idiocracy. All out for money or fame. Does it really matter. Because many of them accomplish what they set out to do. But many did not come back. Oh the wonders of it all
Zan
There are about 45 short stories in chronological order, startling the 1300's and ending in the 1920's. Each is pretty short, no more than 20 pages, and very well written - you can dip in to the book for a story and then put it away for a while if you choose. Many of the explorations I had heard of, but even more I hadn't (and I've read quite a bit in this area) so it was fun to learn about various journey's that were just as harrowing as Scott's trip to the South Pole, for instance, but got almost no press coverage at the time so have faded in to history - at least until now. My only knock - there is a pretty high percentage of stories focused on Polar exploration. There were lots of expeditions in those areas, but other parts of the globe get a bit shorted - there are only 2 on mountaineering, for instance. This is a minor point though - if you enjoy exploration literature you should have this one.
Flocton
If you love reading about exploration and adventure, this is the book for you! Fergus Fleming is one of the best story tellers when it comes to relating tales of man's greatest efforts in the world of exploration. This is an easy read, covering many different stories from Marco Polo to Ernest Shackleton. Virtually all parts of the world are covered from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the Jungles to the Deserts. Each story is unique and written in a style that will capture you and put you right along side the explorer. The accounts are short but quite inclusive of the important points. If anything, they will peak your interest to read a more detailed account of those stories the reader finds particularly interesting. Truly, a great book and one of Fleming's best!
Ximinon
Great, short, efficient essays on a discovery starting with the earliest explorers(Marco Polo) up to Mallory on Everest. You know some of these guys but not all, and not in Fleming's way. Great place to start on any particular explorer.
Cala
This is a very good book to me. Short concise tales of many different explorers. Has led me to other books about individual explorers that I found more to my interest that i wanted to learn about more indepthly, if that is a word.
Qwert
Written with evident authority and just the right style.
SING
A good read. Lots of interesting facts.
Everyone hates negative reviews, but if you give a negative review a negative rating -- and there's more than one disappointed reader here -- don't say no one warned you. Fleming is a guy who has figured out that anyone can write books; for a discussion of this "democratizing" phenomenon, see Andrew Keen's just-published "Cult of the Amateur." What Fleming has NOT figured out is that there was no money available for pure science -- let alone "the spirit of pure adventure" he so relishes -- in the 16th century, period. Expeditions HAD to be profitable. He beats the dead horse of Greed without once stopping to ask himself, "Is there something I don't know about the world of my ancestors?"

The first five stories were dull recapitulations of journeys I happen to know something about, in which he repeats myths that were disproved long ago. What lay ahead of me were stories about adventurers I did NOT know much about, and I wasn't in the mood for poorly written fiction. I was actually in the rarest of moods -- to go through all the trouble and expense of returning a book I only paid $12 for!