In the late nineteenth century, with almost every inhabitable land already discovered, man's adventurous spirits turned towards the polar regions. Determined to become the first to arrive at a new frontier, explorers such as Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, and Sir Ernest Shackleton set off on expeditions guaranteed to be tough, cold, and dangerous. These men, along with numerous others, competed to be the first to reach the North or South Poles, and later established other world records as they continued to embark on dangerous expeditions, risking their lives and health.
From the expeditions of the ancient world to the future of space exploration in the twenty-first century, Discovery & Exploration conveys the wonders, dangers, and excitement of exploring the unknown. From the earliest explorations to today, first-hand accounts of incidents, climate, and civilizations set the stage for a gripping narrative about key events in world history.