The Stories of Childhood Inspiration that Drove Explorers to Reshape the World

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Jason Schoonover examines the catalyst that launched contemporary explorers to the moon, the ocean depths and everywhere in between.

Schoonover presents a collection of 120 men and women who together represent the hall of fame of international exploration. From Aldrin to Cousteau, each recounts those indelible moments in their youth when the dreams that launched their remarkable lives were born. In the words of Graham Greene "There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." This work tracks that moment, both as a testament to the explorers of today, and as inspiration for those that will follow.

Schoonover begins the collection with a look at the "Early Dreamers," the first expedition of Antarctica, the first trek up Mt. McKinley -- and continues with an ever broadening vision of exploration as the explorers themselves move into previously unimagined territories. Space, the oceans, the settlements of our past all drive and redefine modern exploration, each new field giving way to yet another concept of adventuring. From the earliest mountaineer to the new generation Schoonover has traced the history of exploration to the present and hinted at the directions to come. This collection serves as an accolade to those who pushed the limits of the known world and as a spark to those they will inspire to continue the adventure.

Meave Leakey begins the forward: "Dreams are the engines of exploration, the drive that makes people passionate about their goals." Schoonover fills in the details. He has pieced together the contributions finding common themes in dissimilar fields and contradiction from collaborators. Through this work he has tracked what inspired these explorers in their youth, what inspires them today and what marks them apart. Schoonover has explored the character of the explorer as they themselves explored in their fields- with inspiration.

"Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives" will be available at major booksellers and internet retailers on October 15, 2007. For more information on the book or Jason Schoonover, contact Don Gorman (250) 468-5320.    

"Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives" (Rocky Mountain Books, Distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, Inc., NYC, November 2007: ISBN: 978-1-894765-91-6; Price $27.95 soft cover)

Gail Kump
Midpoint Marketing
phone: 212-727-0190


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