Kon-tiki Paperback – January 1, 1956
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I've long wanted to re-read the book, and gave it to myself as a birthday present. While Heyerdahl's theories of migration are still controversial (though recent DNA evidence may be backing him up more than previously believed), and, very unfortunately, there are undeniably racist elements present in both these theories and his depictions of "brown" people (something I did not realize when young and did not remember), the adventure story still is amazing. I don't at all regret the inspiration it gave and gives to live an adventurous, unafraid life..
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That said, the adventure was remarkable and its here, unembellished (the films broadly follows the book, but is nothing like the same - He barely mentions his wife at all, for example!).
Worth a read, just because it really is a momentous adventure in the truest sense. Perhaps it was no coincidence that many of the team were former Resistance fighters, used to living with the real risk of imminent death and, maybe, a little bored with their post war lives...?