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Pathfinders A Global History of Exploration

ISBN-10: 0393330915
ISBN-13: 9780393330915
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Description: "A brilliant and readable book...a rich study of humankind's restless spirit."Candice Millard,New York Times Book Review Greeted with coast-to-coast acclaim on publication, Fernández-Armesto's ambitious history of world exploration sets a new  More...

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List price: $21.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

"A brilliant and readable book...a rich study of humankind's restless spirit."Candice Millard,New York Times Book Review Greeted with coast-to-coast acclaim on publication, Fernández-Armesto's ambitious history of world exploration sets a new standard. Presenting the subject for the first time on a truly global scale, Fernández-Armesto tracks the pathfinders who, over the past five millennia, lay down the routes of contact that have drawn together the farthest reaches of the world. The Wall Street Journalcalls it "impressive...a huge story [told] with gusto and panache." To theWashington Post, "Pathfindersis propelled by an Argonaut of an author, indefatigable and daring. It's a wild ride." And in a front-page review, theSeattle Timeshails its "tart and elegant presentation...full of surprises. Fernández-Armesto's lively mind, pithy phrasing, and stunningly thorough and diverse knowledge are a constant pleasure." A plenitude of illustrations and maps in color and black and white augment this rich history. InPathfinderswe have a definitive treatment of a grand subject. 16 pages of color; 44 illustrations; 48 maps.

Felipe Fern�ndez-Armesto, the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration and Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, and London.

List of Illustrations
List of Plates
List of Maps
Stretching: The First Trail Finders from Gathering Cultures to Great Empires
Reaching: Exploring the Oceans to About a Thousand Years Ago
Stirring: Landward Explorations in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Springing: The Maritime Turn of the Late Middle Ages and the Penetration of the Atlantic
Vaulting: The Great Leap Forward of the 1490s
Girdling: Connecting Global Routes, c.1500-c.1620
Connecting: Global Reconvergence, c.1620-c.1740
Deepening: Enhancing the World-Picture, c.1740s-c.1840s
Globalizing: The Narrowing Horizon, c.1850-c.2000
Notes
Picture Acknowledgements
Index

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