Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat
with Ernest Shackleton, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua
Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship
to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's
quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into
a favorite chair. Shackleton and Chase persevered in the face of
travails that would have given even Job pause. Their stoic accounts
are stronger and more dramatic for their total lack of affection,
their frankness, and their lack of ego. Their gripping stories are
custom made for the imaginative reader who seeks adventure in a
more controlled environment, safe and warm, and well fed.
"Civilized "readers with their armchairs anchored firmly to the
living room floor.
Rich in drama and history, here are fifteen stories that will
entertain, inform, and inspire--enduring stories that have
attracted generations of readers.
With contributions from:
James Fenimore Cooper
Richard Henry Dana
Jerome K. Jerome
Edgar Allan Poe
Robert Louis Stevenson
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