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Kon-Tiki Man: An Illustrated Biography of Thor Heyerdahl Paperback – Oct 1991

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811800695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811800693
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,617,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If ever you wanted to know what all the fuss about that raft called the Kon-Tiki was all about - then this is the book to provide the answers. Kon-Tiki was much more than just a raft and in so many ways, Thor Heyedahl was much more than someone who simply went to sea in that raft.

Through the text of this excellent work by Christopher Ralling, the reader is able to understand both the man and the mission and the significance of that mission as far as the history of the world and the colonisation of the Pacific Islands is concerned. The book is perfectly supported with a rich and relevant selection of photographs, pictures and maps throughout.

Ralling has as easy-to-read style of writing to which Heyerdahl has provided as easy-to-respect achievement.

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I bought this book expecting it to reveal new information about Thor Heyerdahl but it is just composed of chunks of text lifted from other books. It's saving grace is the collection of photos. If you use these while reading the other books it is quite helpful. On the whole not worth buying though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f68b04) out of 5 stars Heyerdahl: a combination of adventurer and scientist 4 April 2000
By Ione L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an English teacher of reading-disabled high school tenth-graders, I have, in teaching an excerpt from the Kon-Tiki, spent two to three days on this account and let it go at that. This year, I wanted the story to seem more real to the students; I wanted them to realize that this was a true, exciting account of an incredible experimental voyage, one which I, as a fourteen-year-old, remembered from Life magazine and radio updates. I researched the library and found this book. The exciting aspect of this book is that we had read and studied the excerpt from the perspective of the narrative genre; we chronicled the duties and adventures of the crew and learned their names. But now, in this biography, we could see Herman, Torstein, Heyerdahl, Erik and the rest! They did exist, and my students could see that this strange boat did, too! They were also amazed that Mr. Heyerdahl is still alive and working. This text has added such life and discussion to our brief excerpt that it has taken its place along with our class textbook and vocabulary. It now remains in my curriculum.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ddc780) out of 5 stars An outstanding book about an outstanding man. 9 May 2007
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If ever you wanted to know what all the fuss about that raft called the Kon Tiki was all about - then this is the book to provide the answers. Kon Tiki was much more than just a raft and in so many ways, Thor Heyedahl was much more than someone who simply went to sea in that raft.

Through the text of this excellent work by Christopher Ralling, the reader is able to understand both the man and the mission and the significance of that mission as far as the history of the world and the colonisation of the Pacific Islands is concerned. The book is perfectly supported with a rich and relevant selection of photographs, pictures and maps throughout.

Ralling has as easy-to-read style of writing to which Heyerdahl has provided as easy-to-respect achievement.

NM
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ccfa8c) out of 5 stars Woefully incomplete 18 Oct. 2013
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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When this biography deals with the single thing Heyerdahl is most famous for--the "Kon-Tiki" voyage--it merely quotes Heyerdahl's own book on the subject. No independent research was done.

Three of the six crew members from the 1947 adventure were still alive in 1990 when the book was published. Why weren't they interviewed?

Any reader looking for more information on the expedition's crossing or "behind the scenes stories" is doomed.

Sadly, if this key event is treated so slightly, one wonders what else is missing.

On the plus side, there are many photographs (Heyerdahl is particularly handsome with his second wife) and the captions are well done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f68f3c) out of 5 stars Kon Tiki is just the start 4 Jan. 2013
By CRL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Up front admission: I am a fan of Thor Heyerdahl. He has managed to combine academics with exploration with all parts of anthropology from archaeology to linguistics to physical and cultural anthropology. In fact, my wife and I just recently visited Easter Island, in part because of Heyerdahl's "Aku Aku."

This book has a biographer using Heyerdahl's own words to supplement his and does so effectively. The photos are also helpful in following his exploits. I have read Heyerdahl's autobiography (In the Footsteps of Adam) and this book (Kon Tiki Man) does a better job of moving through his life chronologically. But I can easily recommend both.

To be sure, many of Heyerdahl's theories have been proven incorrect over time, but he managed to bring subjects to the fore so the debate could begin. Even those who may have disagreed with him have admired his spirit and fearless approach to learning what happened so many eons ago.
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