Pathfinders: A Global History Of Exploration, by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Oxford University Press, €36.75.
There is an academic feel to this book, written as it is by a professor of history and published by the Oxford University Press.
Fernandez-Armesto focuses on nine periods of exploration, rather than individuals, which makes it less engaging than the usual tales of derring-do. But its subject, exploration from ‘‘the first trail finders’’ to ‘‘the narrowing horizon’’ of the 21st century,...
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