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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding account of two outstanding feats.
Thor Heyerdahl's double achievement of the Kon Tiki and Ra expeditions are nothing short of incredible. In the Kon Tiki he set out to prove how the Pacific Islands had been originally populated. He succeeded. For Ra, he constructed a craft of local papyrus reeds and set out to show how ancient Egyptians reached the Americas thousands of years before Columbus. He succeeded...
Published on 10 April 2006 by Ned Middleton

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2.0 out of 5 stars A lengthy follow up to Kon-Tiki
Only read the Ra Expeditions if you are studying reed boats or plan on building a reed boat.

I picked this up after reading Kon-Tiki (which is outstanding) and was hoping for more of the same. While Kon-Tiki is entertaining and succinct, The Ra Expeditions seems to drag on; Heyerdahl doesn't even get the boat in the water until the halfway point...
Published on 12 Jun. 2012 by Jeff Nijsse


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding account of two outstanding feats., 10 April 2006
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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Thor Heyerdahl's double achievement of the Kon Tiki and Ra expeditions are nothing short of incredible. In the Kon Tiki he set out to prove how the Pacific Islands had been originally populated. He succeeded. For Ra, he constructed a craft of local papyrus reeds and set out to show how ancient Egyptians reached the Americas thousands of years before Columbus. He succeeded again.

Whilst a plethora of so-called experts scoffed at the very notion - claiming any such craft would simply disintegrate in anything more than a calm sea, Heyerdahl and his 6 man crew set sail from North Africa. After 2,700 miles they were eventually battered into submission by a great storm and had to abandon their craft. Within a year, however, they were back with Ra II and made the crossing from Morocco to Barbados in 57 days. The distance - a mere 3,270 miles. Now we know why Pyramids are also found in Central and Southern America...

Heyerdahl's achievements rank alongside being the first man on the moon or the first to climb Everest - except that he has two such credits to his name. In this book, his latter adventure is recorded in the most interesting, yet factual way, and is a joy to read.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, not just an expedition journal, 14 Nov. 2003
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N. Walton "Shatner Lover" (York, UK) - See all my reviews
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I expected this book to just be a journal of Heyerdahl's journey
across the sea. I had seen a program on the Kon tiki expedition
some years before, and thought it'd be interesting. This is
so much more. It gives the reader a lot of insight into not
only HOW he goes about the expedition, but also WHY. It gives
a *lot* of information about the reasoning behind the reed boats,
and the similarities between egyptian and south american
cultures. It all makes for an excellent read, especially the
sections on the flora and fauna of pre-discovery easter island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sailing the oceans, 15 Jan. 2015
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This is a follow up book to " The Kon Tiki Expedition,published in 1950,that recorde the voyage of a balsa wood raft that sailed from Peru to Polynesia in 1947.
This book is in 3 parts and deals with a)the building of a papyrus based raft b) the voyage of Ra1 in 1969 which ended in its sinking after 2700 miles and c) the voyage of Ra2 in 1970 from the Canary Islands to Barbados a voyage of 3270 miles in 57 days.
Very well written and researched but what really makes this book are marvellous photographs which help you enter the adventure.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars printing errors, 16 Dec. 2013
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The book was great but there were errors in the printing - pages missing and pages duplicated. I would like to get a copy that is correctly printesd. I have already said this but no reply

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 22 Oct. 2014
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Bought as a gift, writing style is dated but it is an interesting account of the expeditions.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lengthy follow up to Kon-Tiki, 12 Jun. 2012
Only read the Ra Expeditions if you are studying reed boats or plan on building a reed boat.

I picked this up after reading Kon-Tiki (which is outstanding) and was hoping for more of the same. While Kon-Tiki is entertaining and succinct, The Ra Expeditions seems to drag on; Heyerdahl doesn't even get the boat in the water until the halfway point.

There is a lot of anthropological discussion of different peoples and their boating history, from central Africa to Mexico. Compared to Kon-Tiki Heyerdahl is far more descriptive of the ancient civilizations and their reed techniques and the theories of their migrations.

Heyerdahl has proven that when properly constructed reeds will not disintegrate in salt water; that reed boats can navigate the open ocean; and also sorted some of the unknown details that appear in ancient drawings. The ending wraps up with a brief description of the Ra II expedition - basically the parts that do not overlap with Ra I including the successful landing in Barbados.
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