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Intrepid Explorer: The Autobiography of the World’s Best Mine Finder Hardcover – Oct 3 2014

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel Peak Books (Oct. 3 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1941451004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1941451007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“For most men, his trophy wall and financial comfort might be reasons to relax. . . . But Dave’s head is slightly turned, his eyes on the horizon . . . his energies and enthusiasms will not subside . . . and he still travels to Mexico, Peru, and Chile . . . still plotting, still contemplating, still eager, still reaching out to find the next orebody . . .” —from the foreword by John M. Guilbert, Professor Emeritus of Economic Geology, University of Arizona

"You will like this book. The plot features a central character with an improbable story of success. The improbable character is David Lowell. He is tireless, fearless. He is a sophisticated scientist and a financial wizard."—Joaquin Ruiz, Vice President of Innovation and Strategy; Dean, College of Science; Director, Biosphere 2; University of Arizona

About the Author

J. David Lowell works full time as the CEO of an active mineral exploration company with offices in Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, Canada, and Arizona. He is the author of more than fifty articles and parts of four books on geology and mining. He and his wife, Edith, live on a cattle ranch near the Mexican border, sixty miles south of Tucson.

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The best mining book in years, possibly ever. Lowell's story shows that his success was no accident. Working in mines from age 7 Lowell knew he would be a treasure hunter. His first discovery came about 30 years later, an overnight success. The second discovery came in the same week! Discoveries are made in the field, not in offices, Lowell says, and perhaps no-one saw as much of the world, as many mines and prospects as Dave. His vivid recollection of over 7 decades spent exploring the world is astonishing. Despite his incredible success, Lowell remains kind and grounded and full of good humour. The best explorers are lone rangers like Lowell, who can follow their instincts and be decisive, not big mining companies. This is a must read for anyone building a career in exploration, mining, or mining capital markets. I'm so glad to have a copy. Tommy Humphreys,
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HASH(0xa91e2990) out of 5 stars How a keen Intellect created enormous wealth for the world, while overcoming physical danger and bureaucratic obstacles. Nov. 17 2015
By Dean Weingarten - Published on
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J. David Lowell is a hero directly out of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, but in real life. This little promoted book is an inspirational account of a life built on the American dream, a questioning and active mind, physical courage and achievement that enriched the entire world. The book is a true life adventure novel. It was hard to put down. I read longer into the night than I should have.

It was impossible for me to read the book without a sense of sorrow for the freedoms that the United States has lost over the lifetime of the author. David was born in 1928. As a child, he recalled his father buying dynamite at the local hardware store, and loading it into their truck. Safety was assured by keeping the blasting caps on the side of the truck away from the dynamite. You could legally buy explosives over the counter in Arizona into the 1990's.

Crossing the border with firearms was not a huge problem. David and his new wife transported firearms down to Mexico without a hitch or question. While guns are not a central theme in the book, it is clear that they have often been an everyday working tool for David Lowell. Hunting was his primary recreation at his first job as a mining engineer in Mexico. He was a member of his college rifle team, and later in life, he shot a marauding mountain lion with a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver.

The central thesis in the book is how David Lowell created great wealth for the world with his mind and courage. He was able to understand and, importantly, act, on the information that he perceived, to convert useless rock into enormous wealth. He became wealthy in the process, but his wealth was a tiny fraction of the wealth that he created for the world. Make no mistake, in spite of David Lowell characterising himself as a "Treasure Finder", he created the wealth. It was his knowledge, ability, drive, and organization that turned useless rock into valuable ore and metal to keep our industrial civilization going.

What were David's primary enemies? Ignorance, stupidity, corruption, fraud, and irrational bureaucracy. Physical danger, while significant, was a smaller obstacle to overcome. Fortunately for the world, David's several brushes with death were near misses.

Disclaimer: I have a degree in mining engineering, was on my college pistol team, worked in a military bureaucracy for 30 years, and own a couple of mining properties.

If you wish to read an inspirational true story about how giants among us create wealth for all, read this book.

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HASH(0xa923666c) out of 5 stars Bury this mine Feb. 3 2016
By John Oconnor - Published on
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No doubt Mr. Lowell is a courageous hardworking professional and probably one of a kind, but this book was really lame. Unless you are a miner or geologist you are not going to understand anything in this book. I guess the book was not really written for the general public. I would have liked to have seen a glossary of mining terms and procedures for reference. Also, descriptions of various minerals and their use. About the only thing I learned is that mining business is cutthroat and it's hard to find a profitable mine. The book is littered with stories of his adventures and you get tired of reading about all the times his jeep got stuck in mud. The worst part is the text. It's as if every paragraph could have been a new chapter. He starts telling a story and you go to next paragraph thinking he will tell you what happen but now he is in a different country discussing something totally different. Did anyone actually edit this writing? I would love to sit down with him one day and interview him on the procedures and techniques for discovering mines and making them profitable because I sure didn't learn any of that from reading this book.
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HASH(0xa92365b8) out of 5 stars Fun book full of great application of intellectual fortitude and straight-on courage. April 10 2015
By Peter Drobeck - Published on
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Great book that recounts the life and times of a great geologist and explorationist. The story is fun, the trials and travails impressive, and the spirit of "well, let's do it" that made America what it is today was really refreshing and invigorating.
Don't miss it.
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HASH(0xa9236b1c) out of 5 stars Excellent! July 7 2015
By Hugo D. - Published on
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Refreshing life history of one of the truly great geologists. This is an inspiring story I wish I had come across 10 or 20 years ago.
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HASH(0xa9236d98) out of 5 stars Delightful humorous and informative sprinkled with Nov. 28 2014
By Mary Lou Holmes - Published on
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Delightful humorous and informative sprinkled with photographs