As Told at the Explorers Club: More Than Fifty Gripping Tales of Adventure

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For more than a century, The Explorers Club has been the meeting place for some of the most daring adventurers on the planet. It’s a legendary oasis, where a man just back from the Gobi Desert might kick back and, over some port, have a chat with a fellow off to Bandung.Here then, are some of the best tales ever swapped at that capital of adventure, including:Anthony Fiola on being in close quarters with a polar bearCharles Lindbergh on his famous flightFelix Reisenberg on the ArcticAnne Keenleyside, Ph. D. on cannibalismRoald Amundsen on the explorer StefanssonMervyn Cowie on hunting killer lionsJean-Marc Boivin on hang-glidingCurtis and Kathleen Saville on oceanic rowingE. W. Deming on Sitting Bull’s mysterious deathIt’s some of the finest writing on some of the most hair-raising journeys ever made, all selected by editor George Plimpton, himself a member of The Explorers Club.

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Published on the eve of the Explorers Club centennial, this collection of stories and articles derives from the club’s past publications. It’s a wide array, covering every continent and charting adventure travel’s course over the past 60-odd years. Plimpton divides the book geographically, with the bulk of the pieces falling into Africa, Arctic, Asia and the continental U.S. (places like Alaska, the Atlantic Ocean and Australia are represented with only one or two essays each). Although the selections vary in quality, they all convey a sense of immediacy; their first-person narratives offer the pleasure of campfire stories. Among the gems: Col. C. Suydam Cutting’s recollection of cheetah hunting in South India, Anne Keenleyside’s exploration of cannibalism in the Arctic and E. W. Deming’s retelling of Sitting Bull’s mystifying death in North Dakota. This fine book is the first volume in the Explorers Club Classic Series.
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From Booklist

From this eclectic gathering of tales told at the legendary, century-old Explorers Club, it seems adventure is a pejorative word because several writers here equate it with poor planning. Nevertheless, they plunge into narratives of mischance, to the vicarious thrill of readers, who will, for example, enjoy ducking bandits’ bullets along with legendary paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews. Not all are death-defying yarns, however, for one finds club members visiting mutineer Fletcher Christian’s descendents on Pitcairn Island and the discoverer of the coelacanth, the fish hitherto known only from fossils. Geographically wide-ranging, late editor Plimpton’s selections from club archives include, of course, Mt. Everest. Plimpton also accords prominence to broadcaster Lowell Thomas (the club’s Manhattan mansion is named for him) in the form of several pieces by or about him. That only a few contributors are professional writers makes this volume’s literary quality a hit-and-miss affair, but it is cover-to-cover descriptive adventure, which, for many readers, is the bottom line. Gilbert Taylor
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For more than a century, The Explorers Club has been the meeting place for some of the most daring adventurers on the planet. It’s a legendary oasis, where a man just back from the Gobi Desert might kick back and, over some port, have a chat with a fellow off to Bandung.Here then, are some of the best tales ever swapped at that capital of adventure, including:Anthony Fiola on being in close quarters with a polar bearCharles Lindbergh on his famous flightFelix Reisenberg on the ArcticAnne Keenleyside, Ph. D. on cannibalismRoald Amundsen on the explorer StefanssonMervyn Cowie on hunting killer lionsJean-Marc Boivin on hang-glidingCurtis and Kathleen Saville on oceanic rowingE. W. Deming on Sitting Bull’s mysterious deathIt’s some of the finest writing on some of the most hair-raising journeys ever made, all selected by editor George Plimpton, himself a member of The Explorers Club.

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