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Publisher Comments:

“A book to be plundered and raided.” — New York Times Book Review

“A portal into a world of timeless travel literature curated by one of the greatest travel writers of our day.” — USA Today

Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe in this collection of the best writing from the books that have shaped him as a reader and a traveler. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel contains excerpts from the best of Theroux’s own work interspersed with selections from travelers both familiar and unexpected:

Vladimir Nabokov         Eudora Welty

Evelyn Waugh          James Baldwin

Charles Dickens         Pico Iyer

Henry David Thoreau         Anton Chekhov

Mark Twain         John McPhee

Freya Stark         Ernest Hemingway

Graham Greene         and many others

“Dazzling . . . Like someone panning for gold, Theroux reread hundreds of travel classics and modern works, shaking out the nuggets.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

A philosophical guidebook and collection of insights celebrating the joy of travel, chosen by eminent travel writer Paul Theroux

Synopsis:

This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, the bestselling author of One Summer, confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.

Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson’s words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.

About the Author

BILL BRYSONs bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Im a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, and Brysons Dictionary of Troublesome Words. He received the 2004 Aventis Prize for A Short History of Nearly Everything. He lives in England with his wife and children.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: The Importance of Elsewhere ix

1. Travel in Brief 1

2. The Navel of the World 23

3. The Pleasures of Railways 26

Travel Wisdom of Henry Fielding 39

4. Murphys Rules of Travel 41

5. Travelers on Their Own Books 47

6. How Long Did the Traveler Spend Traveling? 55

Travel Wisdom of Samuel Johnson 75

7. The Things That They Carried 78

8. Fears, Neuroses, and Other Conditions 85

9. Travelers Who Never Went Alone 93

Travel Wisdom of Sir Francis Galton 105

10. Travel as an Ordeal 108

11. English Travelers on Escaping England 117

12. When Youre Strange 121

Travel Wisdom of Robert Louis Stevenson 127

13. It Is Solved by Walking 130

14. Travel Feats 147

15. Staying Home 158

Travel Wisdom of Freya Stark 167

16. Imaginary Journeys 171

17. Everything Is Edible Somewhere 181

18. Rosenblums Rules of Reporting 198

Travel Wisdom of Claude Lévi-Strauss 201

19. Perverse Pleasures of the Inhospitable 203

20. Imaginary People 210

21. Writers and the Places They Never Visited 215

Travel Wisdom of Evelyn Waugh 231

22. Travelers Bliss 234

23. Classics of a Sense of Place 238

24. Evocative Name, Disappointing Place 256

Travel Wisdom of Paul Bowles 259

25. Dangerous, Happy, Alluring 262

26. Five Travel Epiphanies 271

27. The Essential Tao of Travel 275

Acknowledgments 277

Index of People and Places 279

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307885159
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Theroux, Paul
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
World
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Science Reference-General
Subject:
science;history;non-fiction;popular science;humor;physics;history of science;evolution;geology;biology;natural history;astronomy;chemistry;cosmology;reference;nature;bryson;bill bryson;earth;general science;travel;universe;essays;funny;anthropology;world
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.62 lb

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In A Short History of Nearly Everything, the bestselling author of One Summer, confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.

Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson’s words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.

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