"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 Allen & Unwin. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust jacket in very good condition. Later printing. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Bookseller Inventory # 1110234204
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1965. Book Condition: Good. 0th Edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP80091990