Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002 - 416 Seiten
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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KILLING DRAGONS: The Conquest of the Alps

Nutzerbericht  - Kirkus

A diverting, popular history of the first men and women who scrambled among the Alps, from Time-Life editor and novelist Fleming (Barrow's Boys, p. 322).As the author tells it, the first explorers to ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
13
CHAPTER THREE
26
CHAPTER FOUR
38
CHAPTER FIVE
52
CHAPTER SIX
62
CHAPTER SEVEN
72
CHAPTER EIGHT
82
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
220
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
235
CHAPTER NINETEEN
249
CHAPTER TWENTY
261
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
274
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
291
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
302
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
312

CHAPTER NINE
106
CHAPTER TEN
126
CHAPTER ELEVEN
139
CHAPTER TWELVE
146
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
162
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
177
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
192
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
206
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
319
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
331
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
343
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
363
SOURCES
367
INDEX
387
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