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Darwin took his books aboard the Beagle. Swift and Defoe used his experiences as inspiration in writing Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. Captain Cook relied on his observations while voyaging around the world. Coleridge called him a genius and "a man of exquisite mind." In the history of exploration, nobody has ventured further than Englishman William Dampier. Yet while the exploits of Cook, Shackleton, and a host of legendary explorers have been widely chronicled, those of perhaps the greatest are virtually invisible today?an omission that Diana and Michael Preston have redressed in this vivid, compelling biography.
As a young man Dampier spent several years in the swashbuckling company of buccaneers in the Caribbean. At a time when surviving one voyage across the Pacific was cause for celebration, Dampier ultimately journeyed three times around the world; his bestselling books about his experiences were a sensation, influencing generations of scientists, explorers, and writers. He was the first to deduce that winds cause currents and the first to produce wind maps across the world, surpassing even the work of Edmund Halley. He introduced the concept of the "sub-species" that Darwin later built into his theory of evolution, and his description of the breadfruit was the impetus for Captain Bligh's voyage on the Bounty. Dampier reached Australia 80 years before Cook, and he later led the first formal expedition of science and discovery there.
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind restores William Dampier to his rightful place in history?one of the pioneers on whose insights our understanding of the natural world was built.
Born and raised in London, Diana Preston studied Modern History at Oxford University, where she first became involved in journalism. After earning her degree, she became a freelance writer of feature and travel articles for national UK newspapers and magazines and has subsequently reviewed books for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. She has also been a broadcaster for the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and has been featured in various television documentaries.
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier (Walker & Company, April 2004) is a new biography of the 17th-century British explorer, naturalist, scientist, pirate and buccaneer William Dampier coauthored by Diana and her husband, Michael Preston.
Diana's decision to write "popular" history led her to The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion (Constable UK, 1995). It was followed by A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole (Houghton Mifflin, 1998), The Boxer Rebellion (Walker & Company, 2000), and Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy (Walker & Company, 2002).
When not writing, Diana and Michael are avid travelers. Together, they have sojourned throughout India, Asia, Africa, and Antarctica, and have climbed Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Mount Roraima in Venezuela. Their adventures have also included gorilla-tracking in Zaire and camping their way across the Namibian desert. They live in London, England.
Titolo: A Pirate of Exquisite Mind : Explorer, ...
Casa editrice: Viking Canada
Data di pubblicazione: 2004
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Viking Canada. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0670044431 Very Good Condition. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Codice libro della libreria Z0670044431Z2
Descrizione libro Viking. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2741450243
Descrizione libro Viking Canada, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria mon0001250638
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Descrizione libro Penguin Group (Canada), 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Hardcover. Sound, clean & nice copy, light edgewear. Jacket is bright & clean, light to moderate rubbing/edgewear. Not price clipped. May not be available for international shipment at usual rates due to weight/size. Codice libro della libreria 881299n
Descrizione libro Viking Penguin, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2004. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: VG. Condizione sovraccoperta: VG. First Edition. First printing, 372pp. with b/w illustrations. Light soil to outer edges and light corner creasing. DJ has light edge/rub wear. Actual book for sale pictured. 16 x 23.7 x 3 cm, wt800g Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 008579
Descrizione libro Viking, Canada, 2004. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. vg hard cover in vg unclipped dustjacket now in mylar, Clean tight and unmarked. shelf wear to bottom edge and corners, 372pp vg/vg. Codice libro della libreria 89626
Descrizione libro Viking Canada, Toronto, 2004. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 8vo pp. 372, b/w illustrations, sketches, maps, ep maps, brings to life one of the most important explorers of the seventeenth century, a swashbuckling naturalist whose influence on navigation, science, and literature was incredibly far-reaching and profound. book. Codice libro della libreria 192145
Descrizione libro Viking, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. 695 G. Near fine condition hardcover, clean and solid. Codice libro della libreria 16828
Descrizione libro Viking Canada, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New unread, minor shelf wear. slightly worn edges, otherwise excellent condition. Codice libro della libreria 051033