Into the Unknown

Into the Unknown

How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea and Air

Book - 2011
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Since the beginning of time, humans have wondered what lay beyond the horizon. The bravest left their homes and set out--into the unknown. But how did they find their way? What did they travel in? How did they survive harsh weather, hunger and other terrible dangers? Starting in 340 BC with Pytheas the Greek--who sailed to the Arctic Circle without so much as a compass--and ending in 1969--when the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon in a spaceship--author Stewart Ross and artist Stephen Biesty went on an adventure of their own to find out.
Publisher: London, England : Walker Books, Ltd., 2011
ISBN: 9781406304794
Branch Call Number: EASY 910.9 ROS 2011
Characteristics: 82 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Biesty, Stephen - Illustrator


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Feb 25, 2012

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air --- Stewart Ross As the title would have you know, this is a book about voyages into the unknown. A few of these are well known to all: Magellan’s voyage around South America and across the Pacific Ocean; the voyages of Christopher Columbus; James Cook’s voyages of discovery that took him around the world. Other exploits of discovery are perhaps not so well known: the voyages of Zheng He’s gargantuan treasure fleet; Greek Pythias’ travels to Ultima Thule in 340BC; the overland travels of Marco Polo to China in 1274. Other exemplars of voyages of discovery are not exploits of this kind. There are the Arctic exploits of Umberto Nobile in 1928 using dirigibles to achieve his objectives; the daring feats of the Picards to soar the hights in a balloon across the Alps in 1932 or plum the oceanic depth in their bathyscaphe. The write ups are by no means complete but there is certainly enogh material here to whet the appetite. Each voyage into the unknown chapter includes at least one excellent coloured line drawing with appropriate brfeak-aways to explain the vehicle (or a caravansary) used. Appropriate annotated maps are supplied where needed. A very satisfying book.

lms Jan 13, 2012

on the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

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