Hidden Gems: Books Unjustly Dusty #2

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With the advent of the Global Positioning System (GPS), a U.S. space-based radio navigation system that provides reliable positioning, navigation and timing services, the exciting history of voyages of discovery and famous explorers is fading from the public eye.

Many of the world’s greatest expeditions were financed and equipped by the Royal Geographical Society. The search for a North West Passage, the quest for the sources of the Nile (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” ring any bells?), the discovery and ascent of Mount Everest and the race for the South Pole make for some pretty exciting reading.

Explorers : the most exciting voyages of discovery, from the African expeditions to the lunar landing by Andrea De Porti and To the farthest ends of the earth : 150 years of world exploration by the Royal Geographical Society are two beautifully illustrated books that are unjustly dusty.

Michael Palin of Monty Python fame is the current president of the Royal Geographical Society. A renowned traveler and a comedic genius, he is the perfect person to lead the society’s explorations in the 21st century.