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In 1918, as the First World War ravaged the European continent, young American journalist Lowell Thomas traveled to Arabia to report on the revolts breaking out as an indirect result of the savage European conflict. While in Jerusalem, he met and struck up a friendship with the young British captain, T.E. Lawrence. Based on his travels and interviews with Lawrence, Thomas wrote the now classic With Lawrence in Arabia, the book that spawned the Lawrence of Arabia legend and served as the basis for the award-winning 1961 film of the same name.
Fantastically paced with equal measures of fact and adventure, Thomas narrates the exploits of the infamous British agent who against all odds managed to join several factious Arabian tribes into a single combat unit. With Lawrence in command, this guerilla force would go on to defeat the great Turkish Army and ensure the eventual demise of the previously impenetrable Ottoman Empire.
On the sweeping and the exotic Arabian desert that serves as the setting for this epic account, Thomas brings to life dozens of great historical figures including Emir Feisel, King Hussein I of Hedjaz, British General Edmund Allenby, and Lawrence, the enigmatic, “modern knight of Arabia.” With new forewords by modern explorers, this Explorers Club Classic edition of With Lawrence in Arabia is a must-have for every history buff and arm-chair adventurer. Paperback, 428 pages.
The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore,” wrote Apsley Cherry-Garrard in the opening chapters of his now classic exploration narrative, The Worst Journey in the World.
The incredible tale that he tells is of the fated last voyage of Captain Robert Scott and his crew to the outermost reaches of the South Pole on the Terra Nova. The Worst Journey in the World vividly describes the entirety of Scott’s harrowing and tragic final expedition.
Driven by a lust to investigate the untold scientific knowledge contained within the South Pole, these courageous pioneers embarked on a journey into previously unexplored territory, subjecting themselves to the ultimate physical and mental limits as they traveled the massive expanses of the icy tundra. Paperback, 692 pages.
In the summer of 1881, Lt. Adolphus Greely of the Fifth United States Cavalry and a crew of twenty-one men set out on the Proteus to explore the then relatively-unknown Arctic Circle.
During their three-year journey, the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, as it came to be known, was meant to ascertain new astronomical data, to establish an observation station, and to record other meteorological data. And while they did accomplish those tasks, the crew of the Proteus will instead forever be remembered for the catastrophe that they encountered, one that yielded few survivors.
After a relatively calm first year in the Arctic, the members of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition grew increasingly desperate as ships carrying essential supplies—food, clothing, and building materials, among other items—failed to reach them due to increasingly perilous conditions. Slowly but surely the harsh weather and low supplies decimated the crew, as one by one they succumbed to the merciless Arctic. When a rescue vessel finally reached the Proteus in 1884, only six members of the original expedition remained.
Told in concise prose with stunning clarity, Proteus crew member David L. Brainard's Outpost of the Lost is an inspiring account of human spirit and perseverance, and is not be missed by any armchair adventurer or history buff. Paperback, 336 pages.
Apo11o: To the Moon and Back is a collector's edition reproduction of the original Apollo 11 Flight Plan; the document that Explorers Club Members Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins, as well as the entire mission control team in Houston, used to plan and execute our first mission to land on the moon.
The Apollo 11 Flight Plan meticulously lays out every step of the 8-day, 3-hour, 18-minute and 35-second mission that resulted in the first human exploration of the lunar surface.
An exquisite piece of timeless art, this is a limited edition of only 500.
Binding in timeless Florentine calf
All copies signed by Col. Terry Virts
Hand painted original end leaves
Embossed in 23kt Gold
Archival acid-free paper
Archival clam shell box
Each Apollo11 Flight Plan is hand crafted by Book Arts, the company that has produced over 1,000 head-of-state gifts over the past three decades as the world’s top book design company.
Besides the flight plan itself, the book includes a preface by Astronaut Terry Virts, an introduction by Jeffrey Kluger (TIME magazine Editor and “Apollo 8” / “Apollo 13” author), and six gate-fold illustrative technical drawings and a gicleé fine print.
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