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THE ULYSSES FACTOR: THE EXPLORING INSTINCT IN MAN J.R.L. Anderson 1970 1st UK Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Anderson, J.R.L.
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London, 1970, 1st UK edition. 352 pp, b/w photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Near Fine.

The author takes a dozen famous traveler-explorers to explore his thesis that some are born with a genetic disposition to embark on great adventures driven by more than fame or fortune. As with Ulysses, the adventures of certain modern men and women undergoing long trials, generally undertaken alone, are not pointless but result in personal achievement and include attributes valuable for the biological survival of the human species such as courage, imagination, self-discipline and endurance. John Richard Lane Anderson (1911-1981) was a British writer who wrote more than twenty books some of which explored the psychological ramifications of adventure and adventurers including biographies of explorers like H.W. Tilman.
 
The author, a yachtsman who has led a cross-Atlantic expedition to Greenland, studied the amazing incidence of 20th-century explorers and adventurers - sailors and mountain-climbers, polar explorers, pilots and the like - including Sir Francis Chichester, Robert Manry, Captain John Ridgeay, Thor Heyrdahl, and Maurice Herzog. These studies have convinced him that courageous, often heroic achievements are neither chance nor useless, but imply in the existence of man of a continuing quality, which he calls the Ulysses factor. It is made up of courage, strength, selfishness, imagination, discipline, endurance, and competitiveness. The author sees this as a special human trait and a hope for the future. Included is an index of 125 men and women who have contributed to twentieth-century exploration.

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