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This review is from: Admiral Richard Byrd: Alone in the Antarctic (Sterling Point Books) (Paperback)
Reading through this book the first quarter, came over as a normal scientific expedition.
The high point for Byrd was the flight over the pole, indeed that the only way he could justify the expedition's expensive existence to the public.
The second expedition again had to pay for itself, so he marooned himself for 4-5 months in a shack on the pretext of science although book eluded that this was a last minute thing. It's clear to me that Byrd was completely self serving in his obsession with the arctic and made up his mind pre-expedition that he was going to be the star.
What was gained from all of this was scientific data on weather and geology that may take years to evaluate? I don't know -a little like moon rock today.
As a book it was a bit over melodramatic for me. As without any drama how could he sell it to the public and sponsor's for funding Further trips
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Posted on 13 Apr 2013 21:41:01 BDT
A dreadful book about a fascinating area. Mills & Boon visits the Antarctic.
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