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Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft

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“One of the great adventures of our time.” —Life

“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, Thor 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.

For three months, the bold young men made their way across the pacific at the complete mercy of the ocean. They encountered storms that threatened to tear their raft apart, whales large enough to sink them in the blink of an eye, and sharks ready to feast on any man unfortunate enough to fall overboard. In the true spirit of adventure, they held on until finally making landfall on a remote Polynesian island, proving Heyerdahls theory possible after all.

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.

About the Author

Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer, adventurer, and writer. Born in 1914, he became famous for the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. His life of exploration, which took him all over the world, continues to capture the publics imagination and inspire people to do incredible things.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781629146744
Author:
Heyerdahl, Thor
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Author:
Callahan, Steven
Subject:
Australia & Oceania
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20141031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW illustrations throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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