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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be

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Published by New York, The Outing publishing co. (first published 1907)
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An account of a failed 1903 expedition to summit Mount McKinley--and a pretty darn entertaining one, at that. Dunn was big on telling the truth no matter how unflattering it might be, and so his diary really shows all the exasperation that he and his companions felt with one another, all their ineptitude and poor planning, and includes no rationalizations about how their failure still meant something because they strived their hardest or whatever. He was also an unappologetic anti-semite, who bl ...more
"The Shameless Diary of an Explorer" is Robert Dunn's account of his travels with the inept Frederick Cook as his team attempted to climb Denali, North America's highest peak, for the first time.

The book is fascinating as a no holds barred account of a bumbling expedition and an illustration of Cook's failure to be a leader. (Cook later claimed, in now discredited accounts, to be the first to climb Denali and reach the North Pole.) The book is really readable and really interesting.

The low rati
Oct 31, 2008 Mattw rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mattw by: Outside Magazine
Actually, in some ways a tough one to cop to reading, in that the author is, besides an explorer, a casual, consistent anti-semite throughout. Dunn is also shameless in a charmingly biting fashion while describing how the expedition (of which he was part, but not leader) bumbled about Denali. Worth reading for its description of the monotony of exploring, with dashes of insight into the hucksterism of the "explorer". A lighter, less noble counterpart to _The Worst Journey In The World_.
Many accounts of exploration/adventure don't present the mundane, the frustration and the pettiness. Dunn's diary lays out the bickering between the explorers as they slog through their days. An often cold, wet, "beans & biscuits" existence just to get near their goal of Mt McKinley. This book must have been a departure from the ego driven accounts (and fabrications) of many explorers of the early 20th century.
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Robert Dunn is a writer, teacher, and musician. He has published widely, including work in the New Yorker and an O. Henry Prize story, as well as the musical novels Pink Cadillac (a Book Sense 76 pick), Cutting Time, Soul Cavalcade, Meet the Annas, Look at Flower, and Stations of the Cross.

Dunn has worked for the New Yorker magazine and Sports Illustrated, as well as teaching fiction writing at
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