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"Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives"

editorial coordination by Jason Schoonover

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In Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives, 120 outstanding individuals representing a who''s who of international exploration recall the indelible moment in their youth when the dream that launched their remarkable lives was born. As they recount the turning points to fulfilling those dreams - often overcoming enormous physical, emotional or other obstacles - we learn how incredibly inspirational their lives are.

Included are Meave and Louise Leakey, Buzz Aldrin, Robert Ballard, balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Lucy discoverer Don Johanson, Jack Horner, Sue Hendrickson, JeanMichel Cousteau, the Ra''s Capt. Norman Baker, George Bass, Eugenie Clark, Richard Fisher, Trieste''s Don Walsh and Nobel laureate Charles H. Townes.

That 24 of these dynamic individuals are Canadian - such as paleontologists Philip Currie and Eva Koppelhus; Survivorman Les Stroud; Sea Hunter Jim Delgado; National Geographic explorerinresidence Wade Davis; veteran climber Pat Morrow; circumnavigatorsbyhumanpoweralone Colin Angus and Julie Wafaei; photographers Pat and Rosemarie Keough; and naturalist Robert Bateman - is testament to Canada''s significant contribution to world exploration.

About the Author

Jason Schoonover has been a writer and an ethnological field collector since the 1970s. His collections are found in museums around the world, as well as in private collections. South and Southeast Asia, including the Himalayas, are his main areas of interest. A one-time columnist, he's widely published in newspapers and magazines, and has a background as an announcer and writer/director/producer in radio and stage.

He was profiled in Jerry Hopkins' Bangkok Babylon: The Real-Life Exploits Of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates Are often Stranger than Fiction. Jason is a Fellow of The Explorers Club and a member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. He and Su Hattori divide their time between Bangkok, Thailand; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and the rest of the world. Exploring old fur trade and exploration routes by canoe is a favourite passion.

Jason's motto is Follow Your Dreams. He can be reached at jasonschoonover.com.

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Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives

This book shows how childhood dreams of adventure and discovery will often come true in one’s adult years through perseverance and resolve. Schoonover illustrates this by collecting personal stories from 120 international adventure-explorers. The contributors give their definition of “exploration” or “discovery,” they relate how their dreams germinated, and they provide first-person accounts of what their exploration was and the obstacles that had to be overcome. Contributors such as Warren MacDonald lost two legs, but still climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2003. Jean-Michel Cousteau, explorer and environmentalist, eventually participated in the Olympics. The book includes brief biographies and colour photographs of each of the contributors.

Schoonover also wrote Thai Gold and Opium Dream.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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