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5.0 out of 5 stars "Extraordinary Life" : Such an understatement!!
Bradford Washburn led a super extra-extraordinary life as one of America's greatest mountain photographers, cartographers, scientists and mountaineers. Its not every kid who climbed three highest peaks in the Alps in a two weeks period like he did while in his teens.

The book is an autobiography written by Washburn with help from Lew Freedman. Its a well...
Published on November 18, 2007 by lordhoot

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1.0 out of 5 stars Roberts took a great man and a great subject and blows it
The book is a good review of Brads accomplishments but goes way over the edge delving into family matters of Brads that are not in any way germain to the autobiography. He violated the trust that the Washburns put in him like some cheesey National Enquirer expose. I will never read another book by him again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Extraordinary Life" : Such an understatement!!, November 18, 2007
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lordhoot "lordhoot" (Anchorage, Alaska USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bradford Washburn: An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon (Hardcover)
Bradford Washburn led a super extra-extraordinary life as one of America's greatest mountain photographers, cartographers, scientists and mountaineers. Its not every kid who climbed three highest peaks in the Alps in a two weeks period like he did while in his teens.

The book is an autobiography written by Washburn with help from Lew Freedman. Its a well written account, highly interesting, highly informative and many gripping accounts of many of his "extraordinary" adventures. He wastes no word in this book, every passage, every sentence say something about his life. Although 314 pages appears to be too short to write a life about one of the "extraordinary" Americans of our lifetime, I thought the book accomplished its purpose. If you want more detail on Washburn, you can read many of his books he wrote over the years including ones that he wrote while as a teenager.

The book reflect his accomplishments, his deeds and his desire to explore. Ironically, one of his greatest accomplishments appears to be marrying his wife, Barbara, who proves to be extraordinary person herself, a soul mate who shared in her husband's passion that very few men are lucky to have. The book reflects his pride in having such a wife and sharing his life with her.

If there was a downside to this book, it doesn't reflect a lot regarding his children and his other aspects of his personal life. The book seem to be centered around his life of adventure. I would like to have known if he was ever an avid Red Sox fan since he was born and rise in the New England area where he also lived through out his life. Or if he had other quirky interests beside what he is well known for. The book also don't reflect much on some of the disagreements he have known to have with other folks in his fields. It could be that the book wasn't gear toward such matter and it might be left to future biographers to figure all that out.

The book comes well illustrated with photographs of Washburn's many adventures. They are all in black and white and many reflects the passages in the book very well. However, on page 231, he wrote about posing for photographs with other veterans of earlier McKinley climbs. I would have like to have seen one of these "one in the lifetime" photos.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in mountaineering, photography or just like reading about adventuresome people. Bradford Washburn definitely led a very interesting and adventuresome life and this book is well worth the effort to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of a Remarkable Explorer, Photographer, Mountaineer and Cartographer, August 22, 2009
This review is from: Bradford Washburn: An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon (Hardcover)
Bradford Washburn led a remarkable life. He is famous in Alaska for his exploration and mountaineering. He was the first to ascend over a dozen mountains - and discovering several along the way - while capturing remarkable photographs published in National Geographic and on display in several museums. He studied and collected data for geological survey work. Washburn also spent time as a cartographer, mapping the Mount McKinley, the Grand Canyon and Everest, among a large amount of other maps. However, his true pride was envisioning and building the Museum of Science in Boston.

The statement from Harvard, upon presenting Washburn with an honorary degree (which he seems to collect, he has so many!) does a wonderful job summarizing Washburn:

"Traveler, explorer and map maker. He has moved mountains by changing a dusty Boston institution into a lively educational adventure for young and old."

Published only two years before his death (at the young age of 97), Bradford Washburn's autobiography brings his interesting story to life. Complete with a wonderful collection of photographs throughout his life and adventures (including a picture of him climbing a climbing-wall at the age of 88!), the reader is truly able to get a feel for the explorer and his long life.

Although some parts may seem a little slow, and certain passages seem to be irrelevant and jump around a bit, any reader - not just mountaineering buffs - should take part in the exploration and adventures of Bradford Washburn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best book on Bradford Washburn available, July 13, 2009
This review is from: Bradford Washburn: An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon (Hardcover)
One of the last surviving explorers and adventurers of the 20th century, Dr. Bradford Washburn, now in his 90s, provides the most detailed look at his multifaceted, exciting career in this book. Washburn wrote many books, but this is his only definitive autobiography.

Washburn is renowned for his pioneering work in aerial photography in Alaska's mountains, his thirteen first ascents of Alaskan peaks, his devotion to science, and his decades-long relationship with the National Geographic Society. As described by Ansel Adams, "...one of the very few people who have combined spectacular experience in the wilderness with equally spectacular achievements in the world of civilization. One never knows what next to expect from this roving genius of mind and mountain, but whatever it is, we know that it will be excellent and effective."

I'm a big fan of mountaineering and non-fiction adventure books, and this one is definitely near the top of the charts. If you are interested in hearing all the exciting stories first hand, you can't go wrong
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great autobiography of a great and interesting man, January 5, 2014
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This review is from: Bradford Washburn: An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon (Hardcover)
I received this book free from Goodreads and really enjoyed it. Washburn shares his adventures and pioneering discoveries - his photography and mapmaking - his mountaineering - stressing safety measures in climbing. Almost - but not quite- makes one want to scale a mountain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A view from the top, August 26, 2009
This review is from: Bradford Washburn: An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon (Hardcover)
This book takes you from the first glance up to the top of the mountain and all the preparation in between. For someone like me who never wanted to climb a mountain whether it was THERE or not, it demonstrates the love, beauty and spendor from simply putting one foot in front of the other until you reach your goal. Full of loving memory and beauty of the view, Bradford Washburn shares a life of adventure and purpose. Quite a read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Roberts took a great man and a great subject and blows it, May 16, 2010
This review is from: Bradford Washburn: An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon (Hardcover)
The book is a good review of Brads accomplishments but goes way over the edge delving into family matters of Brads that are not in any way germain to the autobiography. He violated the trust that the Washburns put in him like some cheesey National Enquirer expose. I will never read another book by him again!
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