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Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft Mass Market Paperback – Deluxe Edition, May 1, 1990
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About the Author
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer, adventurer, and writer. Born in 1914, he became famous for his daring 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. He died in Italy in 2002.
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Fortunately for us readers Thor is also a brilliant story-teller, so that we can vicariously share the experiences of these six heroic adventurers who risked their lives every day during the historic three month expedition drifting at the mercy of wind and currents across the vast ocean to Polynesia.
Shortly after the Kon-Tiki exhibit opened in Oslo, Norway, I joined many from all over the world to view Kon-Tiki and actually stand on the deck and wonder at the bravery of those sailors who made the 101 day journey, Frankly I would have thought twice about sailing up the Thames river without a keel or adequate rudder to steer. What an adventure!
The book itself is a well-written chronology of this epic voyage, starting with the theory, then the construction of the raft itself, departure from Callao, Peru, and - after a bit over three months - arrival/stranding on a reef in the Tuamotu islands.
Illustrated with photographs taken by the Kon-Tiki crew and flyleaf maps showing the entire voyage, "Kon-Tiki" is both interesting and quite readable.