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By Airship to the North Pole: An Archaeology of Human Exploration Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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It's the weirdness of these early airships and some of the people promoting them, especially in unforgiving world of the Arctic, that makes Dr. Capelotti's book a 'must' for anyone interested in aviation history or in polar exploration. The Author deftly combines archaeological and historical sources in a fresh and convincing way to tell his story. -- Richard A. Gould, Brown University
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is superb and special: good science, good writing, and a fascinating story about technology, courage, folly and grand showmanship.
An eerie thing about this beach from which the airships were launched. In prior centuries, it was a used as a slaughterhouse by whalers. The author discovered the spine of one ancient whale nearby. In here somewhere there is a strange, unscientific, unstated metaphor about the souls of whales arising into the air. As blimps.
An absolutely first rate adventure. The best book I have come across this year.
With regard to the beautiful weather depicted on the dust cover of this book I would guess it was the only day like this the author experienced on Dane Island. I am envious of his opoportunity to have been there under such unusual conditions and thank him for sharing the beauty of this site with his readers.
Still, if you are interested in the topic and if you want to learn more about Walter Wellman's expeditions, this book may be for you.