Synopses & Reviews
This riveting biography recounts the life of the world's first truly modern explorer, a life of unrelenting adventure and the high drama of polar exploration. Hubert Wilkins was the most successful explorer in history: no one saw with his own eyes more undiscovered land and sea. Largely self-taught, he was a celebrated reporter, pilot, spy, war hero, scientist, and adventurer. He captured in his lens war and famine, cheated death repeatedly, met world leaders like Lenin, Mussolini, and King George V, and circled the globe on a zeppelin. Knighted for being the first person to fly across the North Pole, Wilkins was also the first to fly in the Antarctic, discover land by airplane, and take a submarine under the Arctic ice.
"Wilkins...was the first to understand the link between the pole and changing global weather. Anyone interested in the history of polar exploration will want to read this book." Booklist
"Simon Nasht's thoroughly captivating account of the exploits of Hubert Wilkins makes for an exhilarating edge-of-your-seat read." John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
In the tradition of The Ice Master and The Endurance comes the incredible story of the first truly modern explorer whose death-defying adventures and uncommon modesty made him a pioneer in weather forecasting and a true hero of the earth.
About the Author
Simon Nasht is a veteran correspondent for newspapers and television and an award-winning documentary producer, writer, and director. He lives in Australia and is at work on a new book.