All who respond to deeds of physical conquest will be absorbed by the exploits collected here. Starting with Teddy Roosevelt's The Spirit of Adventure. Part I probes the nature of the exploring soul (even including a fascinating excerpt from a Navy wartime pamphlet on survival): Part II deals with the great ocean voyages, the climate of the times and the men who accepted the challenge: Part III is devoted to expeditions on land or inland waters: Part IV concentrates on the Poles: Part V accounts for mountain climbing: Part VI takes in underwater and aerial experiences. Linked with brief historical notes by the two editors, the adventures are recounted by the explorers themselves or else vividly told by a modern writer, and offer a vast coverage of the drama and excitement of discovery through the centuries and all over the world. The excellence of selection and the prefatory notes give this a place of its own that is high in adventure.