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Missouri Off the Beaten Path
A fun series that introduces travelers (and locals!) to sites they’d want to see if they knew about them. The guide covers local dining, hidden attractions, unusual locales and quirky cultural tidbits.
Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Ambrose recreates the high adventure and politics of late 18th-century America in this classic history, rich in details of Native American life, geography, flora and fauna.
Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die
Santella showcases a wide variety of expertly selected places to bike, from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and the Indochina Trail in Vietnam to the urban jungle of New York City.
The Cyclist's Anthology
This entertaining anthology presents short excerpts from Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, HG Wells, EM Forster, Dervla Murphy and many more. In all, 50 authors share their thoughts and insights into the wonderful pastime of cycling.
St. Charles (Then and Now)
Settled in 1769, St. Charles is an example of historic preservation -- though by the 1960s many of the buildings had deteriorated and would have been demolished if not for the efforts of educated citizens who spurned a period of revitalization and restoration. Through photos, both old and new, readers will see the city of St. Charles as it was and is now.
It's All About the Bike, The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
A paean to craftsmanship and tradition. En route to building his dream bike (oh, what a brilliant quest!), Robert Penn explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle.
The Journals of Lewis and Clark
A classic condensed version of the Lewis and Clark journals, originally published in 1953 and long the standard.
Part of an award-winning series, Weird Missouri introduces tourists to the off-the-beaten path destinations, including ghostly sites and peculiar roadside attractions, as well as local legends and crazy characters. Heavily illustrated.
Images of America: Missouri Wine Country
During the Civil War, Missouri was the largest producer of wine in the union and before Prohibition it ranked in second place. Today the area overlooking the Missouri River is officially recognized as the country’s first wine district. Using archival photos, this book uncovers the fascinating history of this region, including the influence of German settlers.
The Lewis and Clark Journals
The definitive one-volume selection of the most significant, noteworthy and historic entries from the journals of Lewis and Clark, with helpful scholarly notes and annotations.