“The word ‘adventure’ embraces a company of great words. Courage, tenacity, selflessness, faith, these are some of them. But its most potent ingredient cannot be put into one word. It is spirit of the volunteer for hazardous tasks; for adventure implies a voluntary acceptance of a course of action, or a wilful initiation of a plan, that must involve risk.” So writes Nigel Tangye in his Introduction to this book and the stories told by the authors amplify and justify his definition.
David Mathew has a magnificent subject in the history of British Seamen and S. H. F. Johnston as fine a one in the story of British Soldiers; Nigel Tangye himself writes about Britain’s contribution to the history of man’s conquest of the air. Admiral Lord Mountevans (Evans of the Broke), who writes on British Polar Explorers, Maurice Collis on British Merchant Adventurers and F. S. Smythe on British Mountaineers, deal with other aspects of adventure, each of which make demands on the highest qualities of courage, enterprise and endurance.
Hardcover, 324 pages. A fascinating book in fair to good pre-loved condition with the exception of being ex-library and some age related changes to the exterior edges of the book. Sturdy binding. Some library stamps and damage/wrinkling to the end sheets.