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Great Exploration Hoaxes (Modern Library Exploration) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. März 2001

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"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."


Spanning 450 years of exploration history, from Cabot to Crowhurst, these are the spellbinding stories of ten men who pursued glory at any cost, even the truth.


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Readable, Breezy Look at Fascinating Hoaxes 16. April 2001
Von Ricky Hunter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
David Roberts, in the re-released Great Exploration Hoaxes by Modern Library Exploration, looks at nine exploration hoaxes and one poor fellow (Abyssinian James Bruce) whose adventures turned out to be true while being believed as a hoax in his own lifetime. The short chapters detailing each hoax are fascinating and the book is a wonderfully entertaining little read. Once one reads the first hoax one will be hooked and the rest of the book will quickly cascade from one folly to another. The author presents each case quite clearly and, though, supporters of various of these explorers, such as Peary and the North Pole, will balk, the average reader will come away with a little wisdom and a touch of cynicism about the great adventure yarns we all grew up learning. And that can be a good thing. A delighful little collection of adventures that should lead the reader to other true adventure stories with a greater understanding and appreciation.
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Roberts Digs for Dirt 30. September 2001
Von Jena Ball - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
The problem with Dave Roberts is that he has established himself in a particular genre - i.e. intense, concise and slightly acerbic adventure writing. As a result, you tend to expect that approach from all his writing, which isn't really fair, but there you have it.
In Great Exploration Hoaxes, Roberts steps outside his usual format to do some research. I'm not really surprised. Comments in the introductions to his previous collections make it clear he is intrigued by the workings of the human psyche as well as the thrill of high risk adventure. However, this book is definitely a departure, and reads like a series of well-written research papers - which I guess, in essence, they are.
There is nothing wrong with Great Exploration Hoaxes. It is a good read and I recommend it, especially if you are interested in what history says versus what actually happened. The problem lies with Robets tackling historical data. It is hard to bring the dead back to life, especially when their writing is not available for comment. For example, Roberts does a fine job of getting the reader interested in John Cabot, but must rely on the work of Cabot's contemporaries and other researchers to substantiate his theories.
Roberts is at his best when he is relating the story and not supporting his hypothesis with data. But since he is trying to debunk some old myths, he naturally has to support his statements. It is an uneasy alliance that works, but is not the usual Roberts fare.
I recommend the book, but will be looking forward to Roberts' next tale of his own wanderings and resulting insights.
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Revealing hoaxsters and raising doubts about others... 22. August 2001
Von Michael J. Muller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
The author presents an interesting collection of well documented essays (and a few historical photographs) that intrigue and educate the reader about some of the greatest adventurer and discovery hoaxes over the centuries. His most interesting inquiry is saved for the reader to ponder. "How many claimed discoveries and adventures that we unquestionably and faithfully accept as true were also mere fantasy?" Did Hannibal really cross the Alps? Was it Tenzig Norgay first to summit on Everest or was it Hillary? If Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, who took the famous picture of him descending from the space capsule planting a foot firmly onto Moon soil? This book can get you thinking.
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Returning from the Unknown... 9. Juli 2009
Von HMS Warspite - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
"Great Exploration Hoaxes" is an brief, entertaining investigation into a sampling of celebrated feats of exploration and survival that probably weren't so real after all. Author David Roberts was a highly competent mountaineer in the 1960s and 1970's; he has since become a prolific and capable writer. This 2001 edition is a reprint of the 1982 original issue, with some updates.

Roberts examines a number of cases: an English navigator said to have found Hudson's Bay before Hudson; a French priest who claimed the first navigation of the Mississipi River; a sailor who survived slavery in Madagascar; the claimant of the first run of the Colorado River; another who alleged the first ascent of Mount McKinley and the discovery of the North Pole, and his principal rival; the supposed first flight to the North Pole; the first ascent of Cerro Torre in Patagonia; and a sailor's solo struggle to circumnavigate the globe.

In each case, the facts just don't add up, and Roberts shows the math. The still contentious cases of Dr. Frederick Cook and Admiral Robert Peary will be familiar to many readers. This reviewer found most intriguing the story of an Italian climber who claimed to have summited "the hardest mountain in the world" in Patagonia. Roberts' account reads like its own adventure story; his climbing expertise and familiarity with the climbing fraternity lend credibility to his analysis of the probable fraud. A close second for interest was the attempt by one Donald Crowhurst to fake his circumnaviation of the globe, while actually sailing in circles in the South Atlantic. The already troubled Crowhurst was apparently driven mad in the process.

Roberts' attempt to psychoanalyze the men who perpetrated the hoaxes is far less satisfying than the accounts themselves. He is on firmer ground in identifying the dilemma of driven, sometimes extraordinarily capable men who can't quite live with the reality of comming up short on a lifetime quest. "Great Exploration Hoaxes" is highly recommended as an entertaining read for those who enjoy the adventure genre.
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A good re-read 11. Oktober 2010
Von Hal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I read this book about 10 yrs ago. Recently did a cruise to Alaska, and wanted to re-read the chapter on the ascent of Mt. Mckinley, which is seriously questioned by the author. Enjoyed the book as much as the first time.
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