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Book Title: Kon-Tiki Man: An Illustrated Biography of Thor Heyerdahl|
The author of the book: Christopher Ralling
Edition: Chronicle Books
Date of issue: October 1st 1991
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If we compile a list of the greatest adventurers of twentieth century, then the Norwegian explorer ‘Thor Heyerdahl’ will be right at the top of the list. He was an extraordinary explorer, scientist and anthropologist who was most famous for his ‘Kon-Tiki’ expedition of 1947 – a cross-ocean expedition in which he along with other five explorers sailed 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean, from Peru to the Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia, in a hand-built raft primitively constructed from balsa wood and other native materials. This heroic and inquisitive expedition was conducted to test the scientific theory that the ancient Peruvians could have made contact with the Polynesian Islands after braving 4000 plus miles of deadly ocean on similar crafts. Heyerdahl’s much acclaimed adventure memoir ‘Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas’ gives a fascinating narrative of this epic ocean journey, which lasted 101 days.
‘The Kon-Tiki Man: Thor Heyerdahl’ by ‘Christopher Ralling’ is a fantastic coffee table style book which tells the reader about the story of the life of Thor Heyerdahl in a part biography, part travel adventure format. In this beautifully illustrated book Christopher Ralling accompanies Thor Heyerdahl during a two-year preparation for a TV series, which retraces his most famous voyages and creates a detailed chronicle of the life of Heyerdahl. By inspecting the purpose of the missions that Heyerdahl undertook, Christopher Ralling, with his excerpts from Heyerdahl’s original book and his own free flowing narrative educates the reader on the significance of his voyages in the study of early ocean travel and cross-ocean colonization of human beings. Even though Heyerdahl’s theory of the Polynesian Islands being populated by ancient Peruvians has been refuted by modern anthropologists, it takes nothing away from Heyerdahl as an epitome of free spirit and adventure and the epic nature of his voyages.
Published by BBC Books, this book is printed on high quality paper and is jam-packed photographs, maps and many rare sketches by Heyerdahl himself. An excellent reference volume for lovers of true-life adventures.
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