The Faber Book of Exploration
An anthology of exploration.
The only anthology of explorers by someone with experience of surviving all the great hostile environments. In his anthology of exploration, something of a treasure-trove, Benedict Allen argues that as well as the traditional view of an explorer (pith-helmeted and largely belonging to a bi-gone age), we must acknowledge all those who are pushing frontiers. Thus in addition to the usual names - Drake, Scott, Frobisher, Stanley etc - explorers of the mind, like Freud, or of our physical composition, geneticists like Watson, are discussed and often quoted.
BA's comment: "I'm really proud of this book – which almost did me in, it was such an effort to compile! I placed the explorers side by side, through the ages, within certain shared habitats. So in the Forest section, we see missionaries, conquistadores and anthropologists side by side with their differing agendas. And so on, through different terrain – seas, mountains, plains, the cold deserts... Sometimes these differing habitats work to change the explorer in question, other times the habitat itself is changed."