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The New Age of Adventure: Ten Years of Great Writing

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National Geographic Adventure has published the best work by today’s finest writers, and this tenth anniversary anthology assembles an elite corps of authors that includes Sebastian Junger, Peter Matthiessen, Philip Caputo, and two dozen others. These reporters have voyaged to the ends of the earth to bring back the decade’s most thrilling, eccentric, and extraordinary tal ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by National Geographic (first published 2009)
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Eric
May 27, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like the outdoors and being depressed
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I've always been a sucker for compilations of short stories. This is an excellent collection.

There's an underlying philosophical question in here though. Why are all of the "best of the best" articles so depressing? What is it about depressing stories that gives them the sort of heft that sinks in deep and sticks with you? Everyone sees that these articles are more weighty and, almost objectively, better than the other articles publishes in the last decade. Why is that?

I think it's because thes
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Jonathan
Sep 01, 2011 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
The quality is uneven, but the fantastic stories included more than make up for the weaker ones. I don't want to accidentally leave anything out, but the stories about the Afghan warlord and why people get lost were just amazing. Many of the others are just as good (Emperor penguins...less so.) I started every story with great anticipation that it might be another spectacular one. If you like adventure stories and good writing, this is a must-read.
Frederic Pierce
Mar 07, 2015 Frederic Pierce rated it really liked it
Overall, this collection of modern adventures in exotic locations was great. There were three or four disappointing pieces, but the remaining stories - tales of rampaging elephants, man-eating lions, Afghan warlords, lost mountain climbers and gorillas threatened by guerrillas - more than made up for them. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves reading National Geographic Magazine and has a taste for well-crafted, first-person journalistic adventures.
Michael
Apr 24, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a fan of short stories and to a point, this collection was no different. However, there were some exceptional stories within this collection and few that missed the mark for me. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures. At the minimum, you learn about a story which you can then look into further for more detailed books.
Becca
Nov 06, 2015 Becca rated it it was amazing
A fantastic variety of stories from around the world. Each offered a unique writing style and perspective on a culture, experience, or location throughout the world. I especially enjoyed Kira Salak's "Hell and Back," which gave an incredible account of her experience with ayahuasca.
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