The Mountains of My Life
Author: Walter Bonatti
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
The legendary mountaineer describes his adventures in such ranges as the Alps and Himalayas, and provides details of what really happened during a controversial 1954 Italian expedition that made the first ascent of K2.
Trekking in Corsica
Author: David Abram
Publisher: Trail Blazer Publications
A mountain range rising from the sea, Corsica holds the most arrestingly beautiful landscapes in the Mediterranean. From its cobalt blue gulfs and shell-sand beaches, hillsides of evergreen maquis give way to pristine oak, chestnut and pine forests, awesome gorges, alpine lakes and a spine of snow-streaked peaks and passes. Among the many trails that penetrate its remotest corners, the GR20, following the island's watershed, has won an international reputation. But you can also trek at lower altitudes, along ancient mule tracks between snug stone villages where the cuisine, pace of life and atmosphere has changed little in decades. Meticulously waymarked, Corsica's long-distance routes provide superlative trekking for all levels of fitness and proficiency. This guide includes: 67 detailed trekking maps; practical information, from planning your trip to minimizing your impact on the environment; accommodation and restaurant reviews; information on gateway towns and Corsican flora.
Britain's interest in the Northwest coast of America had been enlivened during the late eighteenth century showing little regard to Spain's blanket claim for the whole coast from Cape Horn to the very north of America. Britain was determined to establish as their own, claim to the fur trade and whaling industry. Tensions arose between the two countries and Britain mobilised her fleet in preparation of hostilities breaking out, this became known as the Spanish Armament. Tensions eased by negotiation and Britain gained equal trading rights and posts on the Northwest Coast north of any Spanish settlements, this became known as the Nootka Sound Agreement. An expedition was prepared with two ships fitting out. George Vancouver was given command, his professionalism in chart and surveying work during his time in the West Indies noted by the Admiralty. The expedition sailed on all Fools'day 1791 and returned 17th September 1795. Although Vancouver suffered from acute ill-health a thorough survey of the Southwest coast of Australia, and the whole west coast of America from just north of San Francisco to the Aleutian Islands was undertaken. He carried out the diplomatic meeting with the Spanish commissioner on the terms of the Nootka Sound Agreement and negotiation with the Hawaiian chiefs for the islands to become a protectorate of Great Britain. Alas for all these credible achievements he was never recognised until long after his death. Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.
Author: Norman Douglas
The Fifth Gospel
Author: Mario Pomilio
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Mario Pomilio, author of The Fifth Gospel, was a novelist, editor, and literary critic. The Fifth Gospel tells the story of a search for a message of hope and salvation. Umberto C. Mariani and Alice J. Mariani have translated it into English for the first time.
Originally published in the Italian, "Constraints and Possibilities" has caused a considerable stir in Europe and has already been translated into several languages. In what noted cyberneticist Heinz von Foerster called a stroke of genius, Ceruti applies a new perspective to our understanding of evolution, and startlingly outlines how the evolution of our knowledge and our knowledge of evolution have in fact been mirror images of each other. Expanding on the intellectual tradition of Gregory Bateson, Ervin Laszlo, Stephen Jay Gould, and Niles Eldredge, Ceruti's work is a testament to the paradigm shift occurring in science today. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in the evolution of our conception of knowledge.
The Crystal Horizon
Author: Reinhold Messner
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
The author describes his solo climb of the world's highest mountain and briefly discusses the history of past expeditions