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Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft (Wsp Enriched Classic) [Mass Market Paperback]

Thor Heyerdahl , F. H. Lyon
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Feb 1995 Wsp Enriched Classic
"Kon-Tiki" is the record of an astonishing adventure - a journey 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by the mythical hero Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three suspenseful months on the open sea, alone among raging storms, whales and countless sharks, they sighted land - the polynesian island of Puka Puka.Translated into 65 languages, read by millions all over the world, "Kon-Tiki" is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage - a magnificent saga of men against the sea.

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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: 17.3 x 10.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,302 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."

"An enthralling account of an experience without parallel."

"I have never read a more tonic story of adventure."

"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."

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

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Across the Pacific on a balsa fleet 1 Nov 2001
This is the tale of the first trip by Norseman Thor Heyerdahl. It tells of his attempt to prove his theory that the Indians of South America crossed the Pacific ocean and populated Polynesia.
This journey is followed up with the Ra proving the theory that ancient egyptians could cross the Atlantic and the Tigris in later books.
If you like his book, you should also try Tim Severin. He has also done several journeys in replicas of ancient seagoing vessels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb tale of adventure on the high seas... 4 Feb 2004
This is an account of the real life adventure of a young Norweigen and his crew as they sail across the pacific ocean in a homemade balsa raft over 50 years ago, just to prove a theory.
It is written in simple, no nonsense practical terms, describing the adventure in detail, and the day to day life on a raft no bigger that a living room.
A fantastic read, amusing, down to earth and inspiring. Gives a taste of real adventrue and a lust for living. I Loved it.
Highly Recomended.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Text of Adventure and Determination 24 April 2004
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book of real life adventure & discovery 22 July 1998
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kon Tiki Expedition 5 July 2010
By Bond
A classic, and since their amazing trip many others have rafted accross the Pacific, disproving Thor Heyerdahl's theory.

Suggested other books to read - 'From Raft to Raft' by Bengt Danielson, and 'Seven Little Sisters' by William Willis.

I have just sailed the Pacific in a yacht, and today, there is so little fish life left after over fishing in the Pacific. I can understand how the Dutch call it the 'Still Ocean' i.e. 'Quiet Ocean'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 31 Jan 2009
By Jack
A must-have book, and the best adventure/expedition book I've ever read. What makes it so wonderful is not the incredible bravery and pluck of Heyerdahl and his crew on this epic trip, but the fact that Heyerdahl underplays the danger to focus on the sheer wonder of being out at sea with a group of friends and his amazing raft. Too often adventurers are 'battling' the elements or 'fighting' against nature when the sea and mountains just 'are'. Heyerdahl, despite almost no experience of the sea when setting out on this trip, seems to understand this relationship with nature implicitly and he'd rather write about the spectacle of a storm at sea than his own bravery in facing it. The many sections covering the marine life encountered on the trip are inspiringly written. This is the other reason for its brilliance - unlike many adventurers Heyerdahl is a writer of some skill and has been well translated in this edition. I guess the stems from his academic background - after all, the voyage was only undertaken when his academic peers refused to believe his theory that Polynesia was populated originally by South American Inca sailors rather than from Asia.

A magical book I would recommend to anyone, and absolutely compulsory for anyone with a love of the sea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kon-Tiki Expedition 11 Jan 2007
I found this book in a charity shop, it has loads of black and white photographs, they all look so boyish and enjoying themselves tremendously, an amazing craft they have made, thank goodness they wern't dictated to by health and safety regulations in those days. Looks like a marvellous adventure, and for those who are interested in survival skills and adventure it looks like a brilliant read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary book 6 Mar 2002
By A Customer
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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I need to know more about this book because I have seen the raft in Oslo so it was a fantastic sight of the raft to be handmade.
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