Preface by National Geographic Explorer-in-residence  Meave Leakey. 120 colour & b/w photos.  6.6″ x 9.5″

A Who’s Who of 120 contemporary adventurers—with names like Survivorman Les Stroud, Robert Ballard, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sea Hunter Jim Delgado, Bertrand Piccard, the Trieste’s Don Walsh, Lucy discoverer Don Johanson, seven summits pioneer Pat Morrow, National Geographic Explorer-in-residence Wade Davis and Sir Chris Bonington—recall in their own words that indelible Aha! Moment they experienced in their youths that raised the sails on their lives’ exciting courses.

But what follows are the challenges, emotional and sometimes physical and  often daunting, to reach those distant goals. Why did they succeed when so many others had their dreams fall by the wayside?   What do they share? And what lessons can you learn to strengthen your own resolve?

 Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives gives you unique insight into the earliest inspirations, aspirations and formative years of these larger-than-life individuals.  It reveals their  turning points—along with their greatest discoveries and achievements.  From  being one of the first  two men on the moon, to the first  to dive to the bottom of the  ocean’s deepest trench, to the first to summit Mt. Everest.

Like many inside these pages who found their first inspiration from a book, this award-winning anthology is a powerful tool  in the hands of  boys and girls at the same age—when their own dreams are being born—as it’ll encourage and  reveal the paths to realization. But it’s also invaluable in the hands of kids of all ages interested in learning the inner workings of our highest and most admired achievers.

Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Dreams is the first book in an inspirational non-fiction series  exploring the  exhilarating power in following one’s dream.  With bite-sized  chapters,  real life adventurer Jason Schoonover’s anthology is  designed  for ease of reading, and makes the perfect gift.

Buy Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives now—and begin following your personal dream today!

Buzz Aldrin writes on the cover: I had no idea when I had my first youthful dream of flight that it would take me all the way to the moon—but that’s the power unleashed in following one’s dreams. Jason Schoonover’s book should be required reading in every school.

Who would have ever thought that a boy who couldn’t read, and whose only talent seemed to be finding interesting rocks, could possibly end up in a book like this? As is evident in Jason Schoonover’s book, happiness is the dream followed. Paleontologist Jack Horner, model for Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park

Following an adventurous dream is not always easy—or everyone would be doing it! Recognizing early that it’s going to be a struggle prepares you for the obstacles ahead—and they never end. Think of Jason Schoonover’s book as a guidebook of lives which have followed the same compass heading. Sir Ran Fiennes, Guinness Book of World Records “world’s greatest living explorer”

Explorers are not born swashbucklers. The boldest adventurers more often than not begin their quests in childhood with the quiet and solitary reading of a book—such as this one. I dare you to read Jason Schoonover’s introduction and try to set this book aside!
George Bass, the Father of Underwater Archaeology

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