"Kon-Tiki" is the record of an astonishing adventure - a journey 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by the mythical hero Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three suspenseful months on the open sea, alone among raging storms, whales and countless sharks, they sighted land - the polynesian island of Puka Puka.Translated into 65 languages, read by millions all over the world, "Kon-Tiki" is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage - a magnificent saga of men against the sea.
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'The Kon-Tiki Expedition' is the enduring story of how, in 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and five companions crossed the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft in an extraordinary bid to prove Heyerdahl's theory that the Polynesians undertook the same feat on similar craft over a thousand years ago.
Updated with a new Epilogue to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the voyage, this classic tale of survival against the most insurmountable odds, with its delightful descriptions of the myriad sea life the adventurers encountered and the seafaring trials they encountered – culminating in the wreck of the 'Kon-Tiki' in the South Seas – remains one of the most fascinating and exciting expeditionary accounts ever written.
"An incredible adventure story which happens to be true."
"An enthralling account of an experience without parallel."
"I have never read a more tonic story of adventure."
RAYMOND MORTIMER, 'Sunday Times'
"One of the best adventure books ever written … a privilege to read."
HOWARD SPRING, 'Country Life'
"An enthralling book … the most absorbing sea tale of our time."
"What a book! It has spine-chilling, nerve-tingling, spirit-lifting adventure on every page."
Thor Heyerdahl was born in Norway in 1914. He received the Order of Merit or similar decorations from Peru, Italy, Egypt, Morocco, Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden. He wrote many books on early travel and sea exploration. He died in April 2002.
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Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1950. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Tatty and/or torn Dustwrapper In VERY GOOD condition, nice and clean overall, dispatched daily from the UK Daily dispatch from UK warehouse. This book is in VERY GOOD overall condition, showing only light signs of previous ownership. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002938538
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1950. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1950. 235 pages. No dust jacket. Good condition hardback. Boards, pages & binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues may exist such as shelf wear, cracking, inscriptions, light foxing & tanning. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1468404759CMK
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, 1951. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1951. 235 pages. Brown and black, pictorial dust jacket over brown cloth. Translated by F. H. Lyon. Firm binding. Mild foxing, tanning and handling marks with B&W plates. Noticeable bumping, rubbing and scuffing to spine ends and to corners with noticeable rubbing, scuffing and wear along edges and over surfaces. Unclipped jacket. Chipping and tears to spine ends and along edges with noticeable rubbing and wear over surfaces. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1469788008BJN
Book Description Book Condition: Fair. 1951 Allen and Unwin hardcover edition. Inscription written on fly page. Wear and tear to dust jacket. Discolouring to page edges. Wear to cover edges. Bookseller Inventory # T014540
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