BEYOND THE KNOWN
From brilliant polymath Andrew Rader, an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to push into uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to plans for interstellar travel.
"Beyond the Known is an engaging, full-color route map showing us how we got here, and where we're now destined to go."
New York Times bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography and The Age of Walls
Andrew Rader’s Beyond the Known is a smashing narrative about the history, the promise, and the innately human drive to explore, from antiquity to today to the coming Star Trek era. I could not put it down!
Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons Mission; Author of Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
In Beyond the Known Andrew Rader achieves something almost as ambitious as the pioneers he writes about: he retraces the 10,000-year history of exploration, from the Stone Age to the Space Age, in a single book-sized expedition. As the centuries flew by, I learned something new on every page.
Jeopardy! Champion and New York Times Bestselling Author of Maphead
Scintillating, coruscating, Beyond the Known shows just how powerful the human urge to travel, to explore, to move always has been and always will be. It is a light on the past—and for the future.
Distinguished UCLA Professor of History and Author of The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present
Has an air of authority as well as a lively pace….Good scientific speculation that will leave readers yearning to see how it turns out. ‘If the history of exploration has taught us anything,’ Rader writes, ‘it's that amazing things happen when humans force themselves to try something no one has done before.’ An astute—and highly flattering—view of human aspirations.
A thrilling and irresistible history of human exploration, Andrew Rader’s Beyond the Known shows as much admiration for the Polynesians who conquered the Pacific in outrigger canoes as for the astronauts who will take us to distant planets. Celebrating discoverers from every continent, this is world history at its best.
Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Oxford, and author of the international bestsellers, The Arabs: A History and The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East