The Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success

The Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success

by Martin Dugard


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Learn to unlock your inner explorer in this riveting account of a great, forbidding adventure and “a fascinating examination of the seven key traits of history’s most famous explorers…[with] infusions of insight and enthusiasm” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

In 1856, two intrepid adventurers, Richard Frances Burton and John Hanning Speke, set off to unravel a geographical unknown: the location of the Nile River’s source. They traveled deep into an uncharted African wilderness together, arrived at two different solutions to the mystery, and parted ways as sworn enemies. The feud became an international sensation on their return to England, and a public debate was scheduled to decide whose theory was correct. What followed was a massive spectacle with an outcome no one could have foreseen.

In The Explorers, New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard shares the rich saga of the Burton and Speke expedition and guides readers through the seven traits that history’s most legendary explorers called on to survive their impossible journeys. In doing so, Dugard demonstrates that these traits have a most practical application in everyday life. We see St. Brendan the Navigator, driven by hope, sail into the unknown, and the curiosity that inspired John Ledyard to attempt to walk around the globe, and the perseverance Howard Carter needed to discover Tutankhamen’s tomb. From these and other examples, Dugard extracts lessons for unlocking the explorer in us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451677584
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 445,195
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of Into Africa, The Training Ground, Last Voyage of Columbus, and The Explorers. He is also the coauthor, with political commentator Bill O’Reilly, of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three sons.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

The Seven 5

Curiosity 19

Hope 57

Passion 107

Courage 157

Independence 191

Self-Discipline 219

Perseverance 237

Author's Note 273

Acknowledgments 279

Index 281

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The Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A different perspective on why humankind goes to wild places.      The author interweaves the stories with biological functions of the brain to illustrate there may be more going on than these guys can control. His telling of the individual stories of great feats of discovery are extremely well researched and interesting. There is always more going on behind the scenes and Dugard lets the reader in on that.      At some point, he tries to put into perspective the biological workings that factor into human make up. This might get a little too tech nical for some readers.      Still, pretty readable and interesting. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting. The author weaves a number of explorer stories throughout the book as he explains the traits of an explorer. Common through the book is following the explorers searching for the source of the Nile. Rich in history and also a positive slant on human attitudes, skills and our nature.