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The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
4.20
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Mar 03, 2008
Mar 07, 2008
 
Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer
3.96
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May 26, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
 
Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal
3.71
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Jun 08, 2008
May 29, 2008
 
The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
3.67
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Jun 21, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
 
The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
3.72
An excellent overview of the search for the Northwest Passage. I've read enough books on this topic now, but Brandt wrote in a way that still made it...more
Sep 03, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
 
Travels in Siberia
3.87
I read through this much faster than I thought I would, considering it's size. I love reading books about cold places, and Frazier doesn't disappoint,...more
Jan 16, 2011
Nov 01, 2010
 
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
3.62
I had meant to read this book years ago, and then had forgotten about it. Donna recommended it to me a short while back. I'm glad she did.

Overall, I l...more
Feb 19, 2010
Dec 17, 2009
 
The Children of the Sky  (Zones of Thought #3)
3.53
So I've been on a Vinge kick, having read all 3 of the Zones of Thought books in the past few months. I've noted that a lot of reviewers aren't liking...more
Jul 15, 2012
Oct 11, 2011
 
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
3.64
I really liked Garfield's Just My Type, so I fully expected to enjoy his latest effort. Boy, did I. A whole book about the history and appreciation of...more
Jan 20, 2014
Aug 29, 2013
 
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
3.54
This was as much a mini-history of the Ford Motor Company and a mini-biography of Henry Ford as it was about Ford's efforts at creating an Amazonian r...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
 
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
3.93
I really enjoyed The Passage, and this one was a worthy follow-up, although I enjoyed it in different ways. I like how the actions was spread over lar...more
Nov 19, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.91
Really, quite an amazing story. Strayed seeks out the Pacific Crest Trail as a way to confront and work through deep grief, mostly surrounding the dea...more
Mar 03, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
 
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
4.09
Having gone through Texas history courses a few times as a child, I had a passing knowledge of Cynthia Ann and Quannah Parker. Their story is somethin...more
Oct 18, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
 
Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
3.54
My friend Donna and I have a thing for reading books about cold places, usually when it's hot out. I'd wanted to read this in the summer when it was b...more
Nov 30, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
 
The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland
3.86
This book combined so many interests of mine, I don't see how I couldn't have liked it. Exploration, maps, history, travel, mountains, archaeology, fa...more
Sep 28, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
 
Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution
3.94
I'm a fan of Philbrick's having read several of his books (In the Heart of the Sea, The Last Stand, Why Read Moby Dick?) and I knew this one would be...more
Jun 06, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
 
Thames: The Biography
3.73
I'd had this book in my list for quite some time and only recently got around to snagging a copy to read. Sometimes, when I've been meaning to read a...more
May 13, 2010
Nov 09, 2008
 
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
3.90
I vaguely remember hearing about this event in a book I read about survival, but I'd kind of forgotten about it. How could I?

Zuckoff entertwines the...more
Nov 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
 
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
4.41
So different from the last book I read, yet equally engaging. I remember writing a paper about North Korea back in college when I took a class on Marx...more
Apr 07, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
 
Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II
4.01
I found this story compelling, but I felt like the book was padded.

The main story about Herman Perry is interesting in itself, but it seemed there wa...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
 
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I
3.97
I love the way this focuses its topic, European great power diplomacy from the mid-19th century through World War I, through the lens of family relati...more
May 31, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
 
The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913
4.18
It's not entirely fair to compare this book with The Home of the Blizzard by Douglas Mawson, but since I read them back to back, and since both author...more
Sep 24, 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
3.72
This is one crazy story.

A poor bible-believing family with over a dozen musically-inclined kids shows up at the end of the road in a remote community...more
Nov 11, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
Sea Room: An Island Life in the Hebrides
3.95
I kind of hate it when some form of artistic output, whether it be a film, a song, or a book, is described as "a love letter," but I don't think I've...more
Sep 2013
Apr 27, 2013
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.84
I'm a sucker for books about exploration that have maps in them, so I really had no choice but to read this. It must be quite popular as I was on the...more
Apr 29, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
 
Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit
3.70
I can't believe it took me nearly a month to read it. Usually, a long reading time means I'm not really that into a book -- but that is NOT the case h...more
May 11, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine
3.96
I wasn't sure that a writer could sustain an entire book-length work on Antarctic food history. I was really, really wrong. Anthony, with many seasons...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 06, 2012
 
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
3.95
One of the best history books I've read in a long, long time. I had a hard time getting into this book, but am so, so glad I stuck with it. If you hav...more
Jan 07, 2011
Nov 15, 2010
 
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
3.94
I kind of got the idea that this book was really two books mashed up. It's a book about surfing, and it's a book about waves. These two topics are int...more
Jun 21, 2011
Nov 30, 2010
 
The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
3.48
I love books about Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and this is one of the better ones I've read lately. It covers a relatively unknown, but quite un...more
Mar 27, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
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