Bruce Barcott

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Amundsen

The Original Pole Dancer

A hundred years ago, Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. A new biography by cold-water swimmer Lynne Cox revisits the feat.

Alexandra Fuller

In the Doghouse

Alexandra Fuller's memoir recounts the trials of motherhood—and crocodiles—in Central Africa.

The Invisible Man

In 1934, drifter Everett Ruess disappeared into Utah's canyonlands. Two new books detail the ongoing search for his body. Plus, required reading for August.

Shadows on the Gulf, A Sea in Flames

Mopping Up

A year after the BP oil spill, two authors assess its impact on the Gulf; a search for the reason humans hate sharks.

Philip Connors, Fire Season

Burnout

A veteran fire lookout offers a compelling treatise on the power of wilderness; plus three new works that take a glass-half-full view of the looming energy crisis.

Edward Hoagland Sex and the River Styx

By Our Contributors

A collection of essays from Outside contributor Edward Hoagland.

Caribou Island, by David Vann

Bluest Shores

Reviews of David Vann's Caribou Island, T.C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done, Douglas Brinkley's The Quiet World, and documentaries the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Escape from the Land of Snows

First in Flight

A new account of the Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet turns history into riveting adventure.

Bird Cloud

Primary Sources

A review of Bird Cloud, by Annie Proulx.

The View from Lazy Point, by Carl Safina

Seeing Blue

A review of The View from Lazy Point, by Carl Safina.

Mountain Goat

The Wild File

Q. What was up with that killer mountain goat in Olympic National Park?

Laird Hamilton

Loaded Barrels

Four new adventure books that'll get your adrenaline pumping.

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