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Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey
Just a beautiful book. Read while hiking southern Utah.
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Kon-Tiki
Thor Heyerdahl
Part of this book’s immediate and enduring appeal, no doubt, can be traced to its romantic portrayal of scientific investigation: A maverick thinker conceives a theory at odds with accepted wisdom and sets out on a task demanding enormous courage to prove it. Was Polynesia in fact settled by voyager...show more
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Into Thin Air
Jon Krakauer
Commissioned by Outside magazine to deliver an article on the rise of Everest as an expensive theme park—once a trip for only the most experienced adventurers, an ascent to the peak was increasingly being marketed as an invigorating holiday for any amateur with $65,000 to spare—Krakauer, a seasoned ...show more
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Arctic Dreams
Barry Lopez
The elemental purity of extreme landscapes presents a field for action—indeed, for existence itself—that is wondrous and terrifying, stripped of life’s familiar props and comforts. No book captures this quality with more concentration than Arctic Dreams. “It is precisely because the regimes of light...show more
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Sailing Alone Around the World
Joshua Slocum
By the year 1895, many men had sailed around the globe, but none had ever done it alone; determined to become the first, Captain Joshua Slocum set sail from Boston on a restored thirty-six-foot wooden sloop called the Spray. Over the next three years, he piloted boat on a historic voyage across 46,0...show more
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Silent Spring
Rachel Carson
More than four decades before Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring issued a chilling—and groundbreaking—warning about humanity’s careless contamination of our planet. Researched and written over four years, it examines the interdependence of speci...show more
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