Friday, April 15, 2011

Retracing History's Great Moments

A section of myself dedicated to another author-adventurer--Tim Severin.  Severin's unusual career takes history out of the classroom and travels with a purpose--retracing great moments of history.  My shelf has about half his books.  There are plenty more.   

1.  Tracking Marco Polo (1964).   By motorcycle from Venice to Central Asia retracing Marco Polo's route along the Silk Road.  Bought used but can't remember where.  

2.  Explorers of the Mississippi (1968).   Severin starts his journey at Lake Itasca in a Birch bark canoe to tell the story of DeSoto and other European explorers of the Father of Waters. Bought used.

Explorers Of The Mississippi (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)

3.  The Oriental Adventure: Explorers of the East (1976).  Severin retraces paths of European explorers in Asia.  Lots of quality pictures and prints.  Bought used.  

4.  The Brendan Voyage (1978).  Severin sails a leather currach from Ireland to Newfoundland to prove that the voyage of the Irish Monk St. Brenden to the new world was not a myth.  

The Brendan Voyage (Modern Library Exploration)   

5.  The Sinbad Voyage (1983).  Sailing an Arab dhow from Muscat, Oman to China.  Bought used.  One of the added intrigues of buying a used books are the artifacts that come within.  This one came with a brochure to the Galana Game and Ranching Safari Indian Ocean Lodge. 

The Sinbad Voyage   

6.  In Search of Genghis Khan (1991).  In the year of the horse, Severin travels on horseback across the steppes of Mongolia See Genghis Khan.  Bought used.

In Search of Genghis Khan: An Exhilarating Journey on Horseback across the Steppes of Mongolia 

7.  The Jason Voyage: The Quest for the Golden Fleece (1985).  Recreation of the legend of Jason and the Argonauts.  Bought used.  

The Jason Voyage. the quest for the Golden Fleece

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