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A Global History of Exploration

Felipe Fernández-Armesto (Author)

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"A brilliant and readable book...a rich study of humankind's restless spirit." —Candice Millard, New York Times Book Review

Greeted with coast-to-coast acclaim on publication, Fernández-Armesto's ambitious history of world exploration sets a new standard. Presenting the subject for the first time on a truly global scale, Fernández-Armesto tracks the pathfinders who, over the past five millennia, lay down the routes of contact that have drawn together the farthest reaches of the world.

The Wall Street Journal calls it "impressive...a huge story [told] with gusto and panache." To the Washington Post, "Pathfinders is propelled by an Argonaut of an author, indefatigable and daring. It's a wild ride." And in a front-page review, the Seattle Times hails its "tart and elegant presentation...full of surprises. Fernández-Armesto's lively mind, pithy phrasing, and stunningly thorough and diverse knowledge are a constant pleasure."

A plenitude of illustrations and maps in color and black and white augment this rich history. In Pathfinders we have a definitive treatment of a grand subject.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33091-5
  • 7.1 × 9.3 in / 464 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.


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“A masterful narrative and a book that is an immense pleasure to read.” — Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

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