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  • Mass Market Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 35th edition (Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671726528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671726522
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Kon-Tiki Expedition' is the enduring story of how, in 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and five companions crossed the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft in an extraordinary bid to prove Heyerdahl's theory that the Polynesians undertook the same feat on similar craft over a thousand years ago.

Updated with a new Epilogue to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the voyage, this classic tale of survival against the most insurmountable odds, with its delightful descriptions of the myriad sea life the adventurers encountered and the seafaring trials they encountered – culminating in the wreck of the 'Kon-Tiki' in the South Seas – remains one of the most fascinating and exciting expeditionary accounts ever written.

"An incredible adventure story which happens to be true."
SOMERSET MAUGHAM

"An enthralling account of an experience without parallel."
OBSERVER

"I have never read a more tonic story of adventure."
RAYMOND MORTIMER, 'Sunday Times'

"One of the best adventure books ever written … a privilege to read."
HOWARD SPRING, 'Country Life'

"An enthralling book … the most absorbing sea tale of our time."
NEW YORKER

"What a book! It has spine-chilling, nerve-tingling, spirit-lifting adventure on every page."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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About the Author

Thor Heyerdahl was born in Norway in 1914. He received the Order of Merit or similar decorations from Peru, Italy, Egypt, Morocco, Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden. He wrote many books on early travel and sea exploration. He died in April 2002.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Heyerdahl epitomises the human search for knowledge and man's driving curiosity to seek out the truth. His voyaga is inspiring. This book is great.. I read it as a child and I'm getting this book for my son..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth on 12 Jan. 2015
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In 1947, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and five Scandinavian associates climbed aboard a balsa-wood raft in the Peruvian harbour of Callao and set sail for the Polynesian Islands, more than 4000 miles away. They had never built or sailed a raft before and had little or no sea-going experience at all. Most expert mariners believed that the journey was not only impossible, but quite probably fatal. However, Heyerdahl had an unshakeable belief that ancient Peruvians had made the same hazardous, three month-long journey themselves many hundreds of years ago, so it HAD to be possible, didn't it?

If Heyerdahl, who died in 2002, was NOT one of the worlds first experimental archaeologists, he certainly helped to popularise the field. And he did so in a particularly spectacular manner winning popular acclaim for this, and several subsequent exploits (some would say "stunts"). However, his theories - and the way in which he "proved" them - seem to have attracted some criticism from more scholarly corners. Nevertheless, one cannot argue with his enthusiasm, his style or his sense of adventure.

His written account of the voyage could easily have suffered over the intervening 70 years but it does remain immensely readable. It's an exciting, compelling account, peppered with storms, sea-monsters, sharks and ship-wrecks and one is filled with admiration for the man's sheer human achievement. It is well written, easily read and has survived the translation into English most successfully. Perhaps there is little sense of the immensity of what they achieved; the spaces and distances they covered and the passage of time as they did it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2002
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This is one of my favourite books of all time and I can't believe it has never been made into a film.
The scene in the book when they are being waved off in Peru and everyone thinks they are doomed is fantastic.
One of the most audacious and life affirming stories you'll ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nibs2lou on 30 Dec. 2010
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Since I found it as a teenager in 1964, I've loved this book without reserve. Everything about it is perfect. The clean engaging prose which pulls you right in; the fantastic notion behind the voyage, the bravery, conviction and ingenuity with which Heyerdahl and his comrades pull it off, the string of unforgettable scenes as they bob across the sparkling Pacific.... I just return to the tale again and again. But the book's real power and magic lie in the way it so compulsively takes the reader back to the Stone Age, when mankind lay in the hands of Mother Nature, was moved by her every whim, and was but one component in a vaster tapestry. Coming right after the manmade horrors of WW2 this wonderful (and huge-selling) book proved conclusively that, allied with the natural world instead of fighting his own kind, Man can turn with the wind, open his heart - and reach Paradise.
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By Iain on 4 July 2013
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I loved this book. A real story, wonderfully written and the antithesis of our "reality TV" world. Recalling my balsa wood models of this raft made at school, I had to see the film when it arrived here, and afterwards the book. The temptation to compare the two is strong, but I'll concentrate on the book. Heyerdahl made observations of the natural world and it's human inhabitants in the South Sea Islands and came to a conclusion regarding their origins. No-one among the accepted authorities of the time believed him. It was a matter of principle and he set out to prove it, resting on a theory. The book reveals the preparations taken, the huge difficulties he and his crew had to overcome just to get the logs to the shore, and the exceptional journey which followed.

The style remains stoically factual and innocent, uncluttered with petty thoughts and personal issues. He set out to document what happened, as did his colleagues with their notes and diaries, photos and film. They carried out some scientific research and tested equipment, using their time as usefully as possible. The attention to detail is balanced with overview and anecdote. The text remains lively and involves the reader in the expedition. On the way we all learn something, perhaps more than we expect to. The simplicity of their life at sea, pursuing a single goal, uncluttered, for entertainment just books and a guitar, barely in contact by radio with civilisation, but fundamentally in contact with the natural world. On one solitary item one could argue that our modern society has advanced: some of us no longer regard sharks as "bad" or as disposable commodities, but confronted with death every day, I think anyone would probably consider them at least for the duration of the voyage as an enemy.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "aparthur" on 24 April 2004
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This is one of those books I'd always wanted to read, but could not getfrom the book shop or the library.
My excuse to read it finally came inthe final year of my degree, when I decided to write my thesis on the linkbetween technology and exploration. This book was one I thought might helpme.
I finally found a copy on Amazon, and what I got didn't dissapoint me.
It starts off, with Heyerdahl in Polynesia before the war, on a beachwhere an old man tells him of the Legend of who the Pacific Islanders camefrom the East.
Heyerdahl abandons his study of Naturalism and leads himto pursue anthropology. He then forms a hypothesis that the PacificIslanders are descended from the peoples of South America, and migrated toPolynesia on Balsa Rafts.
After the War, Heyerdahl though a respected Anthropologist, sees histheory rejected as absurd and impossible.
Despite this, he sets out to conclusively prove his theory to be right,using the best method possible. By actually undertaking the voyage.
Hetakes you through the voyage, from the background to it, to the prep work,to the actual high seas.
The text rich and descriptive. It is one of those books that once youstart reading it, you are hooked. Its so well written, you almost feel asthough as you are on the expedition.
You see how what starts off a seemingly obscure hypthesis, is proved to bea perfectly valid, and that the opinion of so called the "experts" is notalways to be taken as the final word.
If you only ever read a handfulbooks in your life. make sure this is one of them.
It has the all the ingredients of great story -drama, action, emotion,science, hardship, triumph. Though, there is no fiction here. Every eventreally happened.
Since buying this book, (about 20 months ago) I have read it at least fivetimes so far, and each time has been as great and facinating as the firsttime. I expect my copy has as many years of reading left in it as I have.
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