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Ron Tagliapietra
Great Adventurers of the 20th Century: Revised and Updated 2nd Edition
Have you ever hungered for adventure? Now, you can accompany nineteen adventurers on their record-setting trips. Explore the earth from its deepest spot with Jacques Piccard to the top of its highest peak with Edmund Hillary, and even into the atmosphere by helium balloon with Ben Abruzzo. Mush with Roald Amundsen to the South Pole, crawl through tight cave passages with John Wilcox, and kayak the Amazon River with Piotr Chmielinski. Geography comes alive through the recent history of exploration or just relax to a good story before you sleep.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10


Plot/Idea: This alluring memoir chronicles the experiences of 19 explorers who have conquered high peaks, caves, river voyages, and much more. Several maps and a list of terms prove most useful to readers.

Prose: Tagliapietra's prose is vivid and evocative. The short sections effectively capture both a sense of the locations being explored, as well as the potential danger faced by the individual subjects. 

Originality: While the presentation and format is not entirely novel, readers will likely be unfamiliar with a number of the adventurers Tagliapietra features. 

Character Development/Execution: As the individual passages are brief, readers will not gain an in-depth perspective on the subjects, but this work serves as a engaging resource for casual reading, and offers inspiration for readers seeking adventure themselves.

Date Submitted: November 15, 2021