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Synopsis: Did Peary reach the North Pole? Was Admiral Byrd the first to fly over it? Did Frederick Cook actually make the first ascent of Mt. McKinley? Spanning 450 years of history, Great Exploration Hoaxes tells the spellbinding stories of ten men who pursued glory at any cost even the truth. Acclaimed author and explorer David Roberts delves deeply into the psychology behind the stunt and asks why these individuals, all of whom were exceptionally able, would perpetrate fraud on such a grand and public scale and defend it to their deaths, even in the face of damning evidence, and why these dubious achievements are still so hotly debated, often hundreds of years afterward.
Demonstrating that the qualities that brought an individual so close to his goal were often the same ones that drove him to fake success, Great Exploration Hoaxes is history at its best: entertaining, provocative, and revealing of human nature.
David Roberts is the author of thirteen books, the most recent of which are A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and the Claiming of the American West and True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent of Annapurna. He was also responsible for the rediscovery of the lost Arctic classic In the Land of White Death, by Valerian Albanov, published in English for the first time in 2000 by The Modern Library.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Roberts led or co-led thirteen Alaskan mountaineering expeditions, making such first ascents as the west face of Mount Huntington, Shot Tower, and the direct north face of Denali.
From the Back Cover:
"Roberts has written about adventure, archaeology, and literature for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other magazines.
A very amusing idea and excellently carried out."
Title: Great Exploration Hoaxes
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication Date: 1982
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 1982. Book Condition: Good. First Printing. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94185503
Book Description Sierra Club Books, 1982. Book Condition: Good. First Printing. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP8571935
Book Description Sierra Club Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2720204903
Book Description Random House, Incorporated. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0871563258I3N00
Book Description Random House, Incorporated. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0871563258I3N00
Book Description Sierra Club Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 0871563258 Ships promptly. Bookseller Inventory # GAT1789SLGG081517H0279
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Hardcover copy is in good,solid, condition,DJ has wear/tear,unmarked text, a good copy. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books, ship within 48 hours and offer a 100% money back guarantee. Bookseller Inventory # 1M56TB000GNO
Book Description Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, California, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Splendid period illustrations (illustrator). 1st Edition. "Great Exploration Hoaxes, 450 Years of Exploration, by David Roberts. NOT Ex-Library. Copyright 1982 by the author. First Edition. Published by Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. Coded First Printing. ISBN 0-87156-325-8. A tight firm clean book in fawn/burgundy/bright shiny gilt-lettered hard boards, 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 182 clean, well illustrated, unmarked pages. From Sebastian Cabot, who may not have left Britain, to Father Hennepin who made up travels from whole cloth, on to several others including Dr. Cook (twice), Peary and Byrd - both of whom may simply have not made the trip - and more. Tight, firm, complete, in Fine condition. Absolutely no shelfwear. Dj is Fair, with chips at all corners. Not priceclipped - $12.95 in 1982. No pencilings, No names, No bookplates. NOT Ex-library. NOT remainder-marked. Don't let this book get by you - it is a marvelous find!. Bookseller Inventory # 010906
Book Description Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1982. Hard Cover (x-lib). Book Condition: G-VG. Dust Jacket Condition: DJ G-VG. First Edition. Entertaining and enlightening accounts of ten famous explorers, from Sebastian Cabot to Donald Crowhurst, who stretched the truth to their exploits well beyond the breaking point. Ex-library with usual markings and labels. Dust jacket in plastic sleeve, glued to end papers. Size: Large Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 01003730
Book Description Sierra Club Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used - Very Good. 1982 - Hardback with dustjacket. First Printing. Book is in very good condition. Book has light shelf wear on edges, small stains on page edges. Dustjacket has minor shelf wear, small tears on edges. Free tracking with domestic orders. MD SKU-6931329. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-6931329