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Alone Against the Atlantic Hardcover – October 1, 1981

ISBN-13: 978-0898935066 ISBN-10: 0898935067 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Control Data Arts; 1 edition (October 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898935067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898935066
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George E. Jones on April 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book should come with a warning label attached that states, "If you don't want your dreams to become reality, don't read this book"! Gerry Spiess proved that the average man or woman, given enough tenacity, determination, and, yes, even enough bullheadedness, can do just about anything they wish. It is a triumph of the human spirit in the face of incredible odds. Alone Against the Atlantic stirs those coals of adventure that lie deep inside each of us. Gerry makes us believe that we can all "go forth and do likewise". The simple truth is - we can.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1998
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Gerry Spiess is a school teacher with a dream, a dream to sail across the Atlantic in a tiny boat of his own design. He takes you through the inception, design, building and finally his epic journey across the Atlantic ocean. He spent nearly two months sailing toward Falmouth England at barely walking speed. You will laugh with him, you will suffer with him as he inches his way through rough seas and calm winds as he crosses the Atlantic. He had me grabbing for maps to follow his progress. It's a good read
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1998
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What sets this Atlantic crossing story appart is the genuineness of Mr. Spiess and his pure passion for the voyage, both nautical and personal. Many aspects of his story are greatly appreciated. First and foremost, the successful completion of crossing the North Atlantic in a 10 foot sailboat, he designed and built in his garage, is simply amazing. While it is easy to assume this to be a fanatical attempt at publicity or record setting, it is refreshing to discover that Yankee Girl was designed according to what he believed to be sufficient for the task at hand. Other strong points in his telling of the story are his conveying his own doubts and fears, yet continuing on, motivated by his passion and desire to experience all his journey has to offer. Spiess is a person who strives to live the dream and, along the way, inspires others to do the same. Spiess' writing is both gripping and genuine. He is able to express passion and the true "romance of the sea" without waxing poetic ad nauseum. For "armchair navigator's" such as this reader, Alone Against the Atlantic was a wonderful reading experience.
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This is a great book if you are into ridiculously long journeys in tiny sailboats. The five stars is for the subject matter and the great accomplishments. I would have preferred the writing style to be less dramatic (overplaying suspense) at times. I have read it twice, and the second time it was better, since it was easier to block out the unneeded pre-adventure drama.
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By Charles E. Mills on February 11, 2014
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Years ago (in the 80's?), I read the Readers' Digest version of this book a few times and loved it. For some reason, recently, I remembered reading it and decided to see if I could find the full version of the book. Well, I did and I ordered it.

I really enjoyed reading and "reliving" Gerry's story. It did seem as though there was not much about the second half of his journey, but that could be because of various reasons (not much happened, it was a good place to talk about what was going on with his wife, etc.). Still, a good read that makes me want to pursue some of my "dreams".
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