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Enduring Patagonia

Author : Gregory Crouch
ISBN : 1588360652
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Patagonia is a strange and terrifying place, a vast tract of land shared by Argentina and Chile where the violent weather spawned over the southern Pacific charges through the Andes with gale-force winds, roaring clouds, and stinging snow. Squarely athwart the latitudes known to sailors as the roaring forties and furious fifties, Patagonia is a land trapped between angry torrents of sea and sky, a place that has fascinated explorers and writers for centuries. Magellan discovered the strait that bears his name during the first circumnavigation. Charles Darwin traveled Patagonia's windy steppes and explored the fjords of Tierra del Fuego during the voyage of the Beagle. From the novel perspective of the cockpit, Antoine de Saint-Exupry immortalized the Andes in Wind, Sand, and Stars, and a half century later, Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia earned a permanent place among the great works of travel literature. Yet even today, the Patagonian Andes remain mysterious and remote, a place where horrible storms and ruthless landscapes discourage all but the most devoted pilgrims from paying tribute to the daunting and dangerous peaks. Gregory Crouch is one such pilgrim. In seven expeditions to this windswept edge of the Southern Hemisphere, he has braved weather, gravity, fear, and doubt to try himself in the alpine crucible of Patagonia. Crouch has had several notable successes, including the first winter ascent of the legendary Cerro Torre's West Face, to go along with his many spectacular failures. In language both stirring and lyrical, he evokes the perils of every handhold, perils that illustrate the crucial balance between physical danger and mental agility that allows for the most important part of any climb, which is not reaching the summit, but getting down alive. Crouch reveals the flip side of cutting-edge alpinism: the stunning variety of menial labor one must often perform to afford the next expedition. From building sewer systems during a bitter Colorado winter to washing the plastic balls in McDonalds' playgrounds, Crouch's dedication to the alpine craft has seen him through as many low moments as high summits. He recounts, too, the riotous celebrations of successful climbs, the numbing boredom of forced encampments, and the quiet pride that comes from knowing that one has performed well and bravely, even in failure. Included are more than two dozen color photographs that capture the many moods of this land, from the sublime beauty of the mountains at sunrise to the unrelenting fury of its storms. Enduring Patagonia is a breathtaking odyssey through one of the worldís last wild places, a land that requires great sacrifice but offers great rewards to those who dare to challenge it.
Category: Sports & Recreation

2002 American Alpine Journal

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ISBN : 1933056495
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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This special anniversary collection includes the 100 biggest accomplishments of American mountaineers, the most important voice in American climbing, the best books by American climbers and more. Climbers of 2001's hottest new routes includes Kenton Cool, Jonathan Copp, Stefan Glowacz, Alex and Tom Huber, Stephen Koch, Tim O'Neill, Dean Potter, Marko Preselj, Mark Richey, Raphael Slawinski, and more.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The American Adrenaline Narrative

Author : Kristin J. Jacobson
ISBN : 9780820356983
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The American Adrenaline Narrative considers the nature of perilous outdoor adventure tales, their gendered biases, and how they simultaneously promote and hinder ecological sustainability. To explore these themes, Kristin J. Jacobson defines and compares adrenaline narratives by a range of American authors published after the first Earth Day in 1970, a time frame selected as a watershed moment for the contemporary American environmental movement. The forty-plus years since that day also mark the rise in the popularity and marketing of many things as “extreme,” including sports, jobs, travel, beverages, gum, makeovers, laundry detergent, and even the environmental movement itself. Jacobson maps the American eco-imagination via adrenaline narratives, grounding them in the traditional literary practice of close reading analysis and in ecofeminism. She surveys a range of popular and lesser-known primary texts by American authors, including best-selling books, such as Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Aron Ralston’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and lesser-known texts, such as Patricia C. McCairen’s Canyon Solitude, Eddy L. Harris’s Mississippi Solo, and Stacy Allison’s Beyond the Limits. She also discusses such narratives as they appear in print and online articles and magazines, feature-length and short films, television shows, amateur videos, social networking site posts, fiction, advertising, and blogs. Jacobson contends that these stories constitute a distinctive genre because—unlike traditional nature, travel, and sports writing— adrenaline narratives sustain heightened risk or the element of the “extreme” within a natural setting. Additionally, these narratives provide important insight into the American environmental imagination’s connection to masculinity and adventure—knowledge that helps us grasp the current climate crisis and how narrative understanding provides a needed intervention.
Category: Literary Criticism

Three Journeys To Patagonia

Author : Nick Green (Waiter)
ISBN : 9996800695
Genre : Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
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Three Journeys to Patagonia asks why so many travellers have experienced the same overwhelming emotions and been mesmerised by Patagonia's enduring sense of isolation, the notion of space and the rugged beauty of a landscape uncorrupted by man. Stories and historical accounts are pulled from different sources and presented to the reader as evidence that serves to prove the self-perpetuating nature of the enduring Patagonian mystique; from Bruce Chatwin's Mylodon skin to Butch Cassidy's log cabin. The author's candid and sometimes hilarious diaries from 1991, 1998 and 2009 reveal a changing Patagonian and South American scene through the eyes of a boy becoming a man. Nick Green is the author of Boathouse to Botswana, Yellow Dress and Warriors. www.blackcrakebooks.com www.readmelikeabook.com
Category: Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)

Triple Crown Leadership Building Excellent Ethical And Enduring Organizations

Author : Bob Vanourek
ISBN : 9780071791502
Genre : Business & Economics
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Presents leadership lessons from such companies as Google, eBay, and Xerox to offer tested advice on managing a company after a breakdown, maintaining high performance, building character in employees, and running an ethical business.
Category: Business & Economics


Author : Chris Moss
ISBN : 9780199887774
Genre : History
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Forming a vast triangle at the southern tip of South America, Patagonia is a landscape of barren steppes, soaring peaks, and fierce wind, inspiring generations of travelers and artists. From the empty plans to the crashing seas, from the giant dinosaur fossils to the massive glacial sculptures, Chris Moss introduces readers to Patagonia's dramatic landscape--a land that, like Siberia and the Sahara, has become a metaphor for nothingness and extremity. A vivid and accessible introduction to Patagonia's history and culture, this book follows a colorful cast of characters--from Magellan and Darwin to mad kings, gauchos, and Nazi fugitives--as it evokes Patagonia's grip on the imagination.
Category: History


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ISBN : UCSC:32106016334820
Genre : Rock climbing
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Category: Rock climbing

South America On A Shoestring

Author : Regis St. Louis
ISBN : 1741049237
Genre : Travel
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This multi-country guide covers: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela •More maps than any other South America guidebook - over 200! •Eat cheap and sleep easy with budget accommodation and cheap eats •Full-colour highlights chapter with top picks from other travelers •Detailed itineraries help you decide where to begin •Sustainable travel tips and volunteering opportunities
Category: Travel


Author : Danny Palmerlee, Sandra Bao, Andrew Dean Nystrom, Lucas Vidgen
ISBN : UCSD:31822035670447
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Library Journal

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ISBN : UOM:39015082964878
Genre : Libraries
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Category: Libraries

Enduring Cuba

Author : Zoë Brân
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173010392557
Genre : Travel
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Che Guevara and Fidel Castro; the Buena Vista Social Club and salsa dancing; slavery, pirates, cigars, rum and sugar; Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway; political repression; and ecstatic Afro-Cuban religion: 21st-century Cuba is all and none of these things.Intrigued by the many disparate views of Cuba held by tourists, the media and those involved with culture and politics, Zoe Bran visits this country of contradictions. Interweaving history and current events, she paints a vivid and compelling picture of contemporary Cuba. She finds a land that has little in common with the tourist image of tropical paradise, encountering a diffident country whose people reveal an individuality and tenacity at once astonishing and humbling.
Category: Travel

China S Wings

Author : Gregory Crouch
ISBN : 9780345532350
Genre : History
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From the acclaimed author of Enduring Patagonia comes a dazzling tale of aerial adventure set against the roiling backdrop of war in Asia. The incredible real-life saga of the flying band of brothers who opened the skies over China in the years leading up to World War II—and boldly safeguarded them during that conflict—China’s Wings is one of the most exhilarating untold chapters in the annals of flight. At the center of the maelstrom is the book’s courtly, laconic protagonist, American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond. In search of adventure, he arrives in Nationalist China in 1931, charged with turning around the turbulent nation’s flagging airline business, the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). The mission will take him to the wild and lawless frontiers of commercial aviation: into cockpits with daredevil pilots flying—sometimes literally—on a wing and a prayer; into the dangerous maze of Chinese politics, where scheming warlords and volatile military officers jockey for advantage; and into the boardrooms, backrooms, and corridors of power inhabited by such outsized figures as Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; foreign minister T. V. Soong; Generals Arnold, Stilwell, and Marshall; and legendary Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe. With the outbreak of full-scale war in 1941, Bond and CNAC are transformed from uneasy spectators to active participants in the struggle against Axis imperialism. Drawing on meticulous research, primary sources, and extensive personal interviews with participants, Gregory Crouch offers harrowing accounts of brutal bombing runs and heroic evacuations, as the fight to keep one airline flying becomes part of the larger struggle for China’s survival. He plunges us into a world of perilous night flights, emergency water landings, and the constant threat of predatory Japanese warplanes. When Japanese forces capture Burma and blockade China’s only overland supply route, Bond and his pilots must battle shortages of airplanes, personnel, and spare parts to airlift supplies over an untried five-hundred-mile-long aerial gauntlet high above the Himalayas—the infamous “Hump”—pioneering one of the most celebrated endeavors in aviation history. A hero’s-eye view of history in the grand tradition of Lynne Olson’s Citizens of London, China’s Wings takes readers on a mesmerizing journey to a time and place that reshaped the modern world.
Category: History

The Mission Driven Venture

Author : Marc J. Lane
ISBN : 9781118416792
Genre : Business & Economics
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Practical guidance to maximize financial results while drivingpositive social change The Mission-Driven Venture provides actionable guidancefor leveraging the power of the marketplace to solve the world'smost vexing social problems. Written by attorney and financialadvisor Marc J. Lane, a renowned thought leader and expert onentrepreneurship, social enterprises, impact investing andentrepreneurial finance, this book reaches the full spectrum ofinterests represented at the intersection of business and socialchange. Whether a social entrepreneur, impact investor, sociallyconscious individual, or a nonprofit or foundation leader, anyreader committed to social innovation can benefit from thispractical roadmap to the rapidly developing arena of socialenterprise. Through real-world accounts of the journeys and successes ofmission-driven ventures, Lane effectively illustrates thetransformative potential of social enterprise, inspiring the readerto be an agent of change. Among the many tools offered throughThe Mission-Driven Venture, readers will: Find functional guidance to move from idea to reality with astep-by-step guide to designing and implementing a successfulmission-driven venture Assess the benefits and challenges of the business models andentity choices available to the social entrepreneur Examine the entrepreneurial linkages between nonprofits andfor-profits Recognize governance issues that can arise when mission andprofit objectives clash, and discover tools for managing them Explore evolving trends and developments in financing socialenterprise Discover methods and tools for measuring and reporting socialimpact Develop an effective strategy for achieving both financialsuccess and meaningful social impact
Category: Business & Economics

The Shape Of Life

Author : Rudolf A. Raff
ISBN : 9780226256573
Genre : Science
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Rudolf Raff is recognized as a pioneer in evolutionary developmental biology. In their 1983 book, Embryos, Genes, and Evolution, Raff and co-author Thomas Kaufman proposed a synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. In The Shape of Life, Raff analyzes the rise of this new experimental discipline and lays out new research questions, hypotheses, and approaches to guide its development. Raff uses the evolution of animal body plans to exemplify the interplay between developmental mechanisms and evolutionary patterns. Animal body plans emerged half a billion years ago. Evolution within these body plans during this span of time has resulted in the tremendous diversity of living animal forms. Raff argues for an integrated approach to the study of the intertwined roles of development and evolution involving phylogenetic, comparative, and functional biology. This new synthesis will interest not only scientists working in these areas, but also paleontologists, zoologists, morphologists, molecular biologists, and geneticists.
Category: Science

Lost Cowboys

Author : Hank Wangford
ISBN : 0575058498
Genre : Cowboys
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Of all the colourful horsemen in history, perhaps cowboys exert the most enduring fascination. People seem to need these archetypal heroes, even if many of them were drunkards, rapists and murderers.
Category: Cowboys

Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015046820406
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

Patagonian Road

Author : Kate McCahill
ISBN : 9781939650566
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Spanning four seasons, 10 countries, three teaching jobs, and countless buses, Patagonian Road chronicles Kate McCahill's solo journey from Guatemala to Argentina. In her struggles with language, romance, culture, service, and homesickness, she personifies a growing culture of women for whom travel is not a path to love but to meaningful work, rare inspiration, and profound self-discovery. Following Paul Theroux's route from his 1979 travelogue, McCahill transports the reader from a classroom in a Quito barrio to a dingy room in an El Salvadorian brothel, and from the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires to the heights of the Peruvian Andes. A testament to courage, solitude, and the rewards of taking risks, Patagonian Road proves that discovery, clarity, and simplicity remain possible in the 21st century, and that travel holds an enduring capacity to transform.
Category: Biography & Autobiography