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Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft

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ISBN13: 9781602397958
ISBN10: 1602397953
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“Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? …Reply at once.” That is how six brave and inquisitive men came to seek a dangerous path to test a scientific theory. On a primitive raft made of forty-foot balsa logs and named “Kon-Tiki” in honor of a legendary sun king, Heyerdahl and five companions deliberately risked their lives to show that the ancient Peruvians could have made the 4,300-mile voyage to the Polynesian islands on a similar craft.

On every page of this true chronicle—from the actual building of the raft through all the dangerous and comic adventures on the sea, to the spectacular crash-landing and the native islanders hula dances—each reader will find a wholesome and spellbinding escape from the twenty-first century.


The gripping personal account of crossing the Pacific by raft.


"One of the great adventures of our time."--Life

About the Author

Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer, adventurer, and writer. Born in 1914, he became famous for the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. He died in Italy in 2002.

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Emily Otis, February 18, 2011 (view all comments by Emily Otis)
I hadn't been a reader for a while, and this book re-ignited my love of books. As an adventure book, this may be the best I have ever read. The close relationship that these men on their balsa wood raft develop with the sea is one that few modern people will ever know. Strange fish jump aboard their raft and the night is lit by the stars above and the phosphorescence of the creatures below. Of course, as a scientific or anthropological tome, this book has little (if any) merit. But, rather than detracting from my enjoyment of the book, Heyerdahl's strange theories about native peoples worshipping redheads (guess what color the author's hair is?) first made me chuckle, then led me to think about what other explanations there were for the cultural patterns that he found.
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Across the Pacific by Raft
Skyhorse Publishing
Lyon, F. H.
Heyerdahl, Thor
Australia/Oceania - South Pacific
Pacific ocean
Heyerdahl, thor
Travel-South Pacific
World History-General
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Trade Paper
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
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80 bandw illustrations
8.2 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.76 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Historiography
Travel » Australia
Travel » Travel Writing » Exploration
Travel » Travel Writing » General
Travel » Travel Writing » Oceania

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