Seth Shostak is an American astronomer with a B.S. in physics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology. Since 2001, he has been Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, a not for profit organization whose mission is to “explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe”. Shostak has published four books, nearly 300 popular articles on astronomy, technology, film and television and gives frequent talks to both young and adult audiences.

Worst Journey in the World

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

“The definitive description of Scott’s horrific march to the South Pole encapsulates the appeal, and the terror, of exploration.”

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The First Three Minutes

Steven Weinberg

“Yes, the science has changed somewhat, but this is still a compelling description of how it all began.”

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Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

“If you haven’t read this, you’ll be put down for a bounder in any discussion of America’s past.”

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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon

“A slog, for sure, but an essential slog.”

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The Man Who Ate His Boots

Anthony Brandt

“Everybody knows about attempts to get to the poles, but here’s the incredible story of finding the northwest passage.”

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“An enlightened mind and an enlightening read, plus … the nature of lightning!”

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The Exploration of the Pacific

J. C. Beaglehole

“Captain Cook boldly goes where no human had gone before.”

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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

David McCullough

“A great example of what Americans once dared to do.”

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The Tyranny of Distance

Geoffrey Blainey

“Why there are so many sheep in Australia, and much more.”

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