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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.

About the Author

Walter Bonatti was born in Bergamo, Italy, in 1930. A well-known photographer and author, he received the Legion dHonneur in 1961 for his heroic rescue of two fellow climbers on an expedition on which four other perished. He lives in Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679783244
Introduction:
Morris, Jan
Author:
Morris, Jan
Introduction:
Morris, Jan
Editor:
Krakauer, Jon
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Author:
Roberts, David
Author:
Morris, Jan
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Impostors and imposture
Subject:
Discoveries in geography
Subject:
Imposters and imposture.
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Exploration
Series Volume:
#1818
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 MAPS and 12-PG BandW INSERT
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x .5 in .7 lb

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