Books about Adventurous Lives
I always thought that Casanova was a legendary, if not mythical, figure -- a one-dimensional Don Juan who seduced women and did little else. I found out recently I was wrong. Casanova was an historical person. He wrote a book about his adventures, and those adventures go considerably beyond a series of romantic conquests. To find out for yourself, check out our translation of Casanova’s History of My Life, as well as these other stories about adventurous lives.
History of My Life by Giacomo Casanova: The colorful memoirs of the legendary eighteenth-century lover recall not only his amorous exploits, but also his diverse careers as a gambler, businessman, diplomat, entertainer, politician, con artist, and world traveler.
David Crockett: The Lion of the West by Michael Wallis: The life of the legendary frontiersman, soldier, and martyr, from hunting bears in the unspoiled countryside to helping defend the Alamo.
Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure by Tim Jeal: The journeys of the six men and one woman who risked their lives to solve the mystery of the source of the Nile.
Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey by Peter Carlson: The story of two correspondents for the New York Tribune who escaped the Confederacy's most notorious prison after being captured at the Battle of Vicksburg and relied on secret signals and covert sympathizers to travel back to Union territory.
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini: A vivid and convincing portrait of the manners and morals both of the rulers of the sixteenth century and of their subjects. With enviable powers of invective and an irrepressible sense of humor, reflected in an equally vigorous and extravagant style, Cellini provides an intriguing glimpse into the palaces and prisons of the Italy of Michelangelo and the Medici.