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Easter Island: The Mystery Solved Hardcover – December 3, 1989

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The title of this book is somewhat redundant, for in 1955 Heyerdahl made his first trip to Easter Island and wrote Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island ( LJ 9/1/58), a popular account of his excavation of the remote Pacific island with its now famous monumental stone statues. In this new book, the occasion for his return to Easter Island after 30 years, Heyerdahl tells the history of the island through the eyes of explorers and travelers, from its discovery by the Dutch in 1722, through Heyerdahl's latest visit in 1986, during which he and his staff resumed limited excavations, and aided by residents and their recall of ancient myths, resolved the puzzle of how the statues had "walked" from the quarries to their places on the island. This book emphasizes the validity of oral tradition in reconstructing the history of a culture and gives due respect to the Easter Islanders and their ancestors. Richly illustrated, it belongs in appropriate history and archaelogy collections.
- Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Norwegian
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st American ed edition (December 3, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394579062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394579061
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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!
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love the subject,the author,the fact that there are such neat illustrations...a great coffee table book with very informing content as well...a double whammy!!!!!!
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By Sam on February 11, 2015
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great book
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Great book thanks
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