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EBOOK Ì EPUB The Explorers ä 9781451677577 ñ MARTIN DUGARD ñ The riveting account of one of history's greatest adventures and a study of the seven character traits all great explorers shareIn 1856 two intrepid adventurers Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke set off to unravel mankind's greatNemies The feud became an international sensation upon their return to England and a public debate was scheduled to decide whose theory was correct What followed was a massive spectacle with an outcome no one could have ever foreseenIn The Explorers New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard shares the rich saga of the Burton and Speke expedition To better understand their motivations and ultimate success Dugard guides readers through the seven vital traits that Burton and Speke as well as many of history's legendary explorers called upon t There is a lot wrong with this book which others have already highlighted poor structure self help disguised as history ridiculous foot noting I couldn’t get past the author leaking his middle aged white male biases the entire time If you wish to read about heroism and adventure there are many superior story tellers out there

EPUB ☆ The Explorers · Martin Dugard

The riveting account of one of history's greatest adventures and a study of the seven character traits all great explorers shareIn 1856 two intrepid adventurers Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke set off to unravel mankind's greatest geographical mystery finding the source of the Nile River They traveled deep into a forbidding and uncharted African wilderness together coming near death on several occasions Ultimately Burton and Speke arrived at two different conclusions about the Nile's origin Before leaving Africa they became sworn e Usually I don't like to be snarky in a review but this book deserves it by not just being dumb but spectacularly impressively dumb In the interest of being slightly fair I should admit that I'm probably not the intended audience—the book's meant to be I guess a self help book that's for some reason burdened with historical anecdotes about explorers and I only read it because I won an advanced review copy and didn't realize until too late that it was not simply a history of Richard Burton and John Speke as the misleading summary impliedAs a favor to you whose time is precious here's the whole book in one sentence so you don't have to read it you shouldn't curiosity hope passion courage independence self discipline and perseverance are important and because explorers have all of these ualities so should youAs I said the book is dumb The organization makes little sense the book is separated into sections according to the seven virtues the author believes every explorer possessed virtues which I suppose he must have decided on through the carefully analytic and scientific process of guessing what might sell well This organization might work I suppose for a self help book but here it is arbitrary as his main thesis is that a person must encompass all these ualities at the same time and thus should be self evident to some degree in each anecdote Why not just number the chapters Or arrange them chronologically as they basically are anyway The only concession to this organization are brief vague and trite meditations on the virtue that show about the same depth of thought as a undergraduate freshman puts into a paper that's due the next day And while curiosity peaks in childhood when the entire world is new a lifelong habit of curiosity is empowering Thanks DugardThe author also has the terrible habit of trying to morally frame whatever he says He's forgotten that most basic tenet of writing—show not tell Here's a sentence from the prologue about Richard Burton whom we haven't even met yet The fancy words and well crafted arguments of a hedonist intellectual like Richard Francis Burton have no place in the hunt These aren't Speke's thoughts like in a novel but the author's who fails to grasp the irony of calling Burton a hedonist in contrast to Speke just in the middle describing the latter blasting small birds out of the sky for the hell of it He also can't let a sentence stand on its own; when someone runs a spear through Burton's face and the brave explorer runs down the beach Dugard tells us flatly The fact that Burton managed to run down the beach with a very long spear sticking out both sides of his head is remarkable It sure is That's why you don't need to tell usIn fact the author really seems to have it out for Sir Burton He starts calling him I'm not kidding Dick Burton akin to referring to Shakespeare as Bill Later when Burton gets that SPEAR TO THE FACE and is grievously wounded Dugard can't help but tell us that our hedonist also has syphilis to boot The author takes pains to point out multiple times that the honorable Speke never touched women even at home without ever grasping that the explorer might simply not like them Dugard didn't learn his own lesson of curiosity enough to think this throughI think you get the idea But one last thing I can't resist pointing out are the footnotes which fluctuate between being interesting irrelevant and most fun truly mystifying such as informing us that a sentence about explorers being outcasts is actually a paraphrase of Bruce Springsteen speaking about rock stars Given that explorers have freuently been labeled as the rock stars of their time the comparison is apt the author asserts with his usual authority leaving us to wonder what he's been reading and if we should tell him that the idiom does not refer to literal rock stars I mention these footnotes only because I happen to own a copy of Burton's Arabian Nights translation and his footnotes are almost as entertaining as the stories themselves Dugard could've learned something else from the explorerIn short if you want a self help book look elsewhere If you want a book on explorers surely there are better ones If you hate Richard Burton then this is for you

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The ExplorersO see their impossible journeys through to the end curiosity hope passion courage independence self discipline and perserverence In doing so Dugard demonstrates that we are all explorers and that these traits have a most practical application in everyday life The Explorers is a book about survival and courage It is also a book about stepping into the darkness with confidence and grace aware on some profound level's as were Burton and Speke that the Promised Land we are searching for is not some lost corner of the world but a place within ourselv Martin Dugard has written about explorers before most notably in his excellent book Into Africa which recounts the story of Stanley and Livingstone Here he tells the well known tale of Burton and Speke that's Richard Burton and John Speke although infuriatingly Dugard insists on calling them 'Dick' and 'Jack'; but he tries to make their exploits have wider significance by building his book around the seven ualities he thinks all successful explorers must possess This means he can bring in the tales of many other explorers too as well as add some interesting but often irrelevant footnotes It also means he can expand the readership of his book and make it relevant to all of us today since the seven ualities are he says ones that we need if we wish to be successful in life After all we are all 'explorers' of a kind if only of our own experiences The problem with the book is that he shoehorns the various explorer stories into fitting the mold of the seven ualities; they could as easily be made to fit another set of ualities Worse he doesn't seem to believe his own thesis and never makes a serious attempt to develop it in a meaningful way What we're left with is an interesting book but one that's built around an idea that isn't really there