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Killing Dragons : the Conquest Of The Alps

Author: Fergus Fleming; Recorded Books, Inc.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2007.
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In a riveting narrative of daredevils and eccentrics, Fergus Fleming gives us the breathtaking story of some of history's greatest explorers as they conquer the soaring peaks of the Alps. Fleming recounts the incredible exploits of the men whose centuries-old fear of the mountain range turned quickly to curiosity, then to obsession, as they explored Europe's frozen wilderness. In the late eighteenth century French  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fergus Fleming; Recorded Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9780802197542 080219754X
OCLC Number: 948037847
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed April 25, 2016).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Map; Preface And Acknowledgements; Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; Chapter Ten; Chapter Eleven; Chapter Twelve; Chapter Thirteen; Chapter Fourteen; Chapter Fifteen; Chapter Sixteen; Chapter Seventeen; Chapter Eighteen; Chapter Nineteen; Chapter Twenty; Chapter Twenty-One; Chapter Twenty-Two; Chapter Twenty-Three; Chapter Twenty-Four; Chapter Twenty-Five; Chapter Twenty-Six; Chapter Twenty-Seven; Select Bibliography; Sources; Index; Footnotes; ch01; ch01_fn01 Ch02ch02_fn01; ch06; ch06_fn01; ch08; ch08_fn01; ch08_fn02; ch10; ch10_fn01; ch12; ch12_fn01; ch12_fn02; ch13; ch13_fn01; ch18; ch18_fn01; ch20; ch20_fn01; ch21; ch21_fn01; ch21_fn02; ch21_fn03; ch22; ch22_fn01; ch23; ch23_fn01; ch25; ch25_fn01; ch25_fn02; ch26; ch26_fn01; ch26_fn02
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In a riveting narrative of daredevils and eccentrics, Fergus Fleming gives us the breathtaking story of some of history's greatest explorers as they conquer the soaring peaks of the Alps. Fleming recounts the incredible exploits of the men whose centuries-old fear of the mountain range turned quickly to curiosity, then to obsession, as they explored Europe's frozen wilderness. In the late eighteenth century French and Swiss scientists became interested in the Alps as a research destination, but in the 1850s the focus changed: the icy mountains now offered an all-out competition for British climbers who wanted to conquer ever higher and more impossible heights, and explorers fought each other on the peaks and in the press, entertaining a vast public smitten with their bravery, delighted by their personal animosities, and horrified by the disasters that befell them." ... excellent popular history, with its proper share of mad dogs and Englishmen ... Fleming's rendition is dramatic and masterful."'Anthony Brandt, National Geographic Adventure.

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