on 21 January 2004
This book, along with Heyerdahl's others, truly challenges the unlikely Eurocentric view of the world that there was no intercontinental travel before mercantile adventurers in the 16th century. The unliklihood of the convential veiw of history has always bugged me, and Heyerdahl confirms something that I had always believed to be true, that mankind was very likely to have travelled across the seas in ancient times. The currents and winds of the seas are vitally important in sailing, and these natural explanations of migration had been overlooked by all "western" accounts until Heyerdahl.
The simplicity and obviousness of Heyerdahl's conclusions about Easter Island's history is beautifully told with wonderful photographs, and descriptions. Read it if you are interested in migration, globalistion, but most of all, if you are interested in Easter Island. It is exciting, beautifully written, and will make you think more deeply about the way history has been taught in Europe and the "west".
on 18 December 2003
This book, published in 1989, is a distillation of Thor Heyerdahl's research on Easter Island. It traces the history of Easter Island's interaction with the outside world, from Roggeveen's visit in 1722 up to the time of the book's writing. Along the way, Mr. Heyerdahl builds his case that two peoples, one from South America and one from Polynesia populated Easter Island.
This book is fantastic! I am not entirely convinced of Mr. Heyerdahl's case, but found his case compelling nonetheless. The book itself has many color pictures and maps, and is visually quite stunning. Now, not all of the book is about Mr. Heyerdahl's proposed history, so if you are merely interested in Easter Island, then you will still enjoy this book. This is a great book, one that you should read!