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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36'.”<br /><br /></b>For readers of <i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.<br /><br /> It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped t...
by David Barrie

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

May 13, 2014

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<p>In the tradition of Dava Sobel's <em>Longitude</em> comes sailing expert David Barrie's compelling and dramatic tale of invention and discovery—an eloquent elegy to one of the most important navigational instruments ever created, and the daring mariners who used it to explore, conquer, and map the world.</p><p>Since its invention in 1759, a mariner's most prized possession has been the sextant. A navigation tool that measures the angle between a celestial object and the horizon, the sextant allowed sailors to pinpoint their exact location at sea.</p><p>David Barrie chronicles the sextant's development and shows how it not only saved the lives of navigators in wild and dangerous seas, but played a pivotal role in their ability to map the globe. He synthesizes centuries of seafaring history and the daring sailors who have become legend, including James Cook, Matthew Flinders, Robert Fitz-Roy, Frank Worsley of the <em>Endurance</em>, and Joshua Slocum, the redoubtable old "lunarian" and first single-handed-round-the-world yachtsman. He also recounts his own maiden voyage, and insights gleaned from his experiences as a practiced seaman and navigator.</p><p>Full of heroism, danger, and excitement, told with an infectious sense of wonder, <em>Sextant</em> offers a new look at a masterful achievement that changed the course of history.</p>
Deep Cut (Caribbean Dive Adventures Book 2)
by Nick Sullivan

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English

Pages

296

Publication Date

May 03, 2019

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<b>Sometimes, the brightest corners of the world can hold the darkest shadows.</b><br /><br />Rising steeply from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the Dutch island of Saba is a sleepy paradise, the mountainous slopes dotted with little red-and-white cottages and the seas teeming with life. But this little oasis has a less tranquil history, many of its inhabitants having descended from smugglers and pirates.<br /><br />Boone Fischer and Emily Durand are eager to explore their new home, but their peaceful lives are about to be shattered, as one of history's most powerful hurricanes begins to form—and, as if that weren't enough, a savage evil has made its way ashore. In this sequel to the Best Seller <i>Deep Shadow</i>, Nick Sullivan brings the readers to another fascinating corner of the world and sends them into a swirl of action and adventure.<br /><br />"With his three-dimensional action scenes, vivid characters, and his remarkably clever, page-gripping plots, Nick Sullivan might well be the best new Caribbean adventure writer since Wayne Stinnett." Michael Reisig – Best-selling author of <i>The Road To Key West</i> series.<br /><br />"What a great sequel to a fantastic opening shot! Boone and Emily return from Deep Shadow, but in new digs. These characters seem real to me, like close friends, as well as some new friends on the Dutch island of Saba. If this was a movie, I'd comment on great underwater scenery, but you'll have to open your inner eye, as you read it." - Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of <i>Fallen Out</i>.<br /><br />"Finally, a story that captures the intrigue of this hard-to-explain place with just the right amount of Saba Spice. What a pleasure to read such a well-researched (or, as the locals say, "for true") book written by a real diver with attention to historical and present day details. A must read for anyone who has had the pleasure to visit. Bucket-listers, get packin'!" - Lynn Costenaro, owner of Sea Saba.
Deep Shadow (Caribbean Dive Adventures Book 1)
by Nick Sullivan

Language

English

Pages

340

Publication Date

April 25, 2018

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<p><strong>In the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, something lethal is on the move. </strong></p><p>Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Divers Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.</p><p>From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, <em>Deep Shadow</em> takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.</p><p>"The age-old adage of ‘write what you know’ becomes very important when you write about a technical subject like scuba diving. When you get all the details right, and throw in just the right amounts of action, humor, romance, and suspense, you have a novel like this." - Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of <em>Fallen Out.</em></p>
Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the...
by John Kretschmer

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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John Kretschmer is sailing's practical philosopher – as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting at sea.<br /> <br />With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, John's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids – in essence, everyone.<br /> <br />John's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, far from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes shape – days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.<br /> <br />To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History T...
by Kevin Fedarko

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English

Pages

433

Publication Date

May 07, 2013

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From one of <I>Outside</I> magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983.<BR><BR>In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named “The Emerald Mile” at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd, but downright suicidal.<BR> <BR>The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled—by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself—down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in <I>The Emerald Mile</I>.<B></B>
Lost!: A Harrowing True Story of Disaster at Sea
by Thomas Thompson

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English

Pages

203

Publication Date

December 13, 2016

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<DIV><B>From the bestselling author of <I>Blood and Money</I>: A haunting true story of three people locked in a fierce struggle against time and the sea—and each other.</B><BR /><BR /> In July 1973, Bob Tininenko; his wife, Linda; and his brother in-law, Jim Fisher, set sail from Tacoma, Washington, on a thirty-one-foot trimaran down the West Coast to Costa Rica. The journey was expected to take a matter of weeks, but ten days into the cruise, the party encountered a freak storm off the coast of northern California. When gale-force winds and fifty-foot waves capsized their boat, the voyage became a nightmare.<BR />  <BR /> For seventy-two days, the trio was lost at sea. Challenged by nature and compromised by a bitter rivalry, their courage and will to live was put to the ultimate test. Jim, the owner and skipper of the boat, was a devout fundamentalist whose recognition of God’s will in every event brought him into increasing conflict with his brother-in-law. As the two men battled to take control of a dire situation, Linda kept a secret that would lead to heartrending tragedy.<BR />  <BR /> A “hair-raising” (<I>Houston Chronicle</I>) account of shipwreck and survival and a searing portrait of faith without reason, <I>Lost! </I>is an unforgettable true story from “a writer of tremendous power and achievement” (<I>Detroit Free Press</I>).<BR />  </DIV>
River-Horse: A Voyage Across America
by William Least Heat-Moon

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English

Pages

530

Publication Date

February 05, 2013

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I></B><B> bestseller: “A coast-to-coast journey by way of great rivers, conducted by a contemporary master of travel writing” (<I>Kirkus Reviews</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> In this memoir brimming with history, humor, and wisdom, the author of <I>Blue Highways</I> and <I>PrairyErth</I> “voyages across the country, from Atlantic to Pacific, almost entirely by its rivers, lakes and canals in a small outboard-powered boat” (<I>San Francisco Chronicle</I>).<BR />  <BR /> Setting off from New York Harbor aboard the boat he named Nikawa (“river horse” in Osage), in hopes of entering the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon, William Least Heat-Moon and his companion, Pilotis, struggle to cover some five thousand watery miles—more than any other cross-country river traveler has ever managed—often following in the wakes of our most famous explorers, from Henry Hudson to Lewis and Clark.<BR />  <BR /> En route, the voyagers confront massive floods, submerged rocks, dangerous weather, and their own doubts about whether they can complete the trip. But the hard days yield incomparable pleasures: strangers generous with help and eccentric tales, landscapes unchanged since Sacagawea saw them, riverscapes flowing with a lively past, and the growing belief that efforts to protect our lands and waters are beginning to pay off.<BR />  <BR /> “Fizzes with intelligence and high spirits.” —<I>Outside</I><BR />  <BR /> “Propels the reader with historical vignettes, ecological and geological detail, and often hilarious encounters with local eccentrics.” —<I>Time</I></DIV>
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
by , David Casstevens

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English

Pages

238

Publication Date

June 24, 2002

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<p><b>Praise for <i>Mind Gym</i></b></p> <p>"Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game."<br /><br />--<b>Ben Crenshaw</b>, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain</p> <p>"<i>Mind Gym</i> hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book."<br /><br />--<b>Ken Griffey Jr.</b>, Major League Baseball MVP</p> <p>"I read <i>Mind Gym</i> on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial."<br /><br />--<b>Jason Kidd</b>, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner</p> <p>In <i>Mind Gym</i>, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." <i>Mind Gym</i> will give you the "head edge" over the competition.</p>
Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 68th Edition (Chapman Piloting and ...
by Chapman

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English

Pages

920

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<DIV>The leading authoritative boating reference for close to a century. Includes up-to-date information on boating laws, regulations and safety tips, as well as complete discussions of weather, tide, currents, and navigation--addresses every issue that a boater faces.<BR></DIV>

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