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Roberts, David 1943-

Works: 96 works in 297 publications in 1 language and 21,457 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Author of introduction, Editor
Classifications: E99.P9, B
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Most widely held works by David Roberts
Once they moved like the wind : Cochise, Geronimo, and the Apache wars by David Roberts ( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 1,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shortly before Cochise's death, General George Crook was sent to the Southwest to subdue the Apaches and settle them onto reservations. Crook's predecessors had had little luck against the Apaches, who seemed to be able to melt into their mountain homelands when pursued. But Crook began using as scouts Apaches who had agreed to surrender and move to reservations. Thanks to the tracking skills of these Apache scouts, Crook was able effectively to pursue the free Apaches now under the leadership of Geronimo and other warriors. Geronimo, upset about the loss of his freedom, accepted the reservation for months at a time, only to break out and resume his resistance. In September 1886, recognizing the hopelessness of endless flight, he surrendered for good, having successfully eluded one-fourth of the U.S. Army
In search of the old ones : exploring the Anasazi world of the Southwest by David Roberts ( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the history, culture, and architecture of the legendary Anasazi people in an attempt to discover who they were and why they abandoned their civilization more than seven centuries ago
A newer world : Kit Carson, John C. Frémont, and the claiming of the American West by David Roberts ( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John C. Fremont, nearly forgotten today, was one of the giants of nineteenth-century America. He led five expeditions into the American West in the 1840s and 1850s, covering a greater area than any other explorer. His expedition reports--ghost-written by his beautiful and talented wife, Jessie Benton Fremont-- were bestsellers in their day. Riding the wave of his popularity, he captured the Republican Party nomination for president in 1856 but narrowly lost the election
No shortcuts to the top : climbing the world's 14 highest peaks by Ed Viesturs ( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For eighteen years Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. As he recounts his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest, but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs has an unyielding motto, "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy in mind that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues.--From publisher description
K2 : life and death on the world's most dangerous mountain by Ed Viesturs ( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At 28,251 feet, the world's second-tallest mountain, K2 thrusts skyward out of the Karakoram Range of northern Pakistan. Climbers regard it as the ultimate achievement in mountaineering, with good reason. Four times as deadly as Everest, K2 has claimed the lives of seventy-seven climbers since 1954. In August 2008 eleven climbers died in a single thirty-six-hour period on K2-the worst single-event tragedy in the mountain's history and the second-worst in the long chronicle of mountaineering in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Yet summiting K2 remains a cherished goal for climbers from all over the globe
Finding Everett Ruess : the life and unsolved disappearance of a legendary wilderness explorer by David Roberts ( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the life of the early twentieth-century adventurer, writer, and watercolor artist, describing his early years as a child prodigy, his solitary journeys through the American Southwest, and his mysterious 1934 disappearance in Navajo country
Alone on the ice : the greatest survival story in the history of exploration by David Roberts ( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the epic journey undertaken by Douglas Mawson, who suffered starvation, the loss of his team, and a crippling foot injury as he resorted to crawling back to base camp during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1913
Points unknown : a century of great exploration ( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of 43 stories and book excerpts of adventures, explorations of the unknown, survival, courage, and the drive that possesses these men and women. Authors include Robert Falcon Scott, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Ernest Shackleton, Bertram Thomas, and many others
Great exploration hoaxes by David Roberts ( Book )
9 editions published between 1981 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jean Stafford : a biography by David Roberts ( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Pueblo Revolt : the secret rebellion that drove the Spaniards out of the Southwest by David Roberts ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With the conquest of New Mexico in 1598, Spanish governors, soldiers, and missionaries began their brutal subjugation of the Pueblo Indians in what is today the Southwestern United States. In the summer of 1680, led by a visionary shaman named Popé, the Puebloans revolted. Before then the many different Pueblo villages had never acted in concert (and never would again). Now, in total secrecy they coordinated an attack, routing the rulers in Santa Fe. Every Spaniard was driven from the Pueblo homeland--the only time in North American history that conquering Europeans were thoroughly expelled from Indian territory. Yet more than three centuries later, crucial questions remain unanswered: How did Popé succeed, and what happened between 1680 and 1692, when a new Spanish force reconquered the Pueblo peoples with relative ease? --From publisher description
The lost explorer : finding Mallory on Mount Everest by Conrad Anker ( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recounts the disappearance of George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irvine on Mount Everest in 1924 and the recent discovery of Mallory's remains. This is the adventure story of the year, how Conrad Anker found the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, casting an entirely new light on the mystery of the explorer who may have conquered Everest seventy-five years ago. On June 8, 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine were last seen climbing toward the summit of Mount Everest. Clouds soon closed around them, and they vanished into history. Ever since, mountaineers have wondered whether they reached the summit twenty-nine years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. On May 1, 1999, Conrad Anker, one of the world's strongest mountaineers, discovered Mallory's body lying facedown, frozen into the scree and naturally mummified at 27,000 feet on Everest's north face. The condition of the body, as well as the artifacts found with Mallory, including goggles, an altimeter, and a carefully wrapped bundle of personal letters, are important clues in determining his fate. Seventeen days later, Anker free-climbed the Second Step, a 90-foot sheer cliff that is the single hardest obstacle on the north ridge. The first expedition known to have conquered the Second Step
Devil's gate : Brigham Young and the great Mormon handcart tragedy by David Roberts ( Book )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Mormon handcart tragedy of 1856 is the worst disaster in the history of the Western migrations, and yet it remains virtually unknown today outside Mormon circles. Following the death of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, its second prophet and new leader, Brigham Young, determined to move the faithful out of the Midwest, where they had constantly been persecuted by neighbors, to found a new Zion in the wilderness. In 1846-47, the Mormons made their way west, generally following the Oregon Trail, arriving in July 1847 in what is today Utah, where they established Salt Lake City. Nine years later, fearing a federal invasion, Young and other Mormon leaders westled with the question of how to bring thousands of impoverished European converts, mostly British and Scandinavian, from the Old World to Zion. Young conceived of a plan in which the European Mormons would travel by ship to New York City and by train to Iowa City. From there, instead of corssing the plains by covered wagon, they would push and pull wooden handcarts all the way to Salt Lake City. But the handcart plan was badly flawed. The carts, made of green wood, constantly broke down; the baggage allowance of seventeen pounds per adult was far too small; and the food provisions were woefully inadequate, especially considering the demanding physical labor of pushing and pulling the handcarts 1,300 miles across plains and mountains. Five companies of handcart pioneers left Iowa for Zion that spring and summer, but the last two of them left late. As a consequence, some 900 Mormons in these two companies were caught in the early snowstorms in Wyoming. When the church leadership in Salt Lake City became aware of the dire circumstances of these pioneers, Young launched a heroic rescue effort. Burt for more than 200 of the immigrants, the rescue came too late." -- dust jacket
Four against the Arctic by David Roberts ( Book )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When David Roberts came across a reference to four Russian sailors who had survived for six years on a barren Arctic island, he was incredulous. An expert on the literature of adventure, Roberts had never heard the story and doubted its veracity. His quest to find the true story turned into a near-obsession that culminated with his own journey to the same desolate island. In Four Against the Arctic Roberts shares the remarkable story that he discovered, perhaps the most amazing survival tale ever recorded. In 1743 a Russian ship bound for Arctic walrus-hunting grounds was blown off course and trapped in ice off the coast of Svalbard (Spitzbergen). Four sailors went ashore with only two days' supplies to look for an abandoned hut they knew about on the island. They found it and returned to tell their shipmates the good news, only to find that their ship had vanished, apparently crushed and sunk by the ice. The men survived more than six years until another ship blown off course rescued them. During that time they made a bow and arrows from driftwood (Svalbard has no trees) and killed nine polar bears in self-defense. They survived largely on reindeer meat, killing 250 of the animals during their ordeal. Fascinated as he was by this remarkable story, Roberts wondered how it had dwindled into obscurity. For two years he researched the tale in libraries and archives in the United States, France, and Russia. In Russia he traveled to the sailors' hometown, where he met the last survivors of their families, who knew the story from an oral tradition passed down for more than 250 years. Finally, with three companions he organized an expedition to the barren island of Edgeoya in southeast Svalbard, where he spent three weeks looking for remnants of the sailors' lost hut and walking the shores while pondering the men's astonishing survival. Four Against the Arctic is a riveting book about man versus nature and a delightfully engaging journey deep into an obsession with historical rediscovery. But it is more even than that: It is a meditation on the genius of survival against impossible odds that makes a story so inspirational that it still fires the imagination centuries later
Escape routes further adventure writings of David Roberts by David Roberts ( )
4 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
adventures, he lives them
Iceland : land of the sagas by David Roberts ( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Photographs exploring the grandeur of Iceland's remarkable geography accompany tales of real-life heroes and supernatural beings
True summit : what really happened on the legendary ascent of Annapurna by David Roberts ( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Re-examines the world's first ascent of an 8000-meter peak by Maurice Herzog, and discovers what was originally hailed as a dramatic tale of courage, survival, and teamwork, was actually a much darker, more ambiguous journey
Escape from Lucania : an epic story of survival by David Roberts ( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1937, Mount Lucania was the highest unclimbed peak in North America. Located deep within the Saint Elias mountain range, which straddles the border of Alask and the Yukon, and surrounded by glacial peaks, Lucania was all but inaccessible. The leader of one failed expedition deemed it "impregnable." But in that first ascent, not knowing that their quest would turn into a perilous struggle for survival. Escape from Lucania is their remarkble story
The will to climb : obsession and commitment and the quest to climb Annapurna--the world's deadliest peak by Ed Viesturs ( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author gives an account of his three attempts to climb Annapurna, as well a history of others' attempts. He was eventually successful, and with that summit, had climbed all fourteen of the world's 8,000 meter peaks, the first and only American to do so
The last of his kind : the life and adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's boldest mountaineer by David Roberts ( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biography of Bradford Washburn, mountaineer, photographer, and surveyer
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