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The Last Explorer: Hubert Wilkins, Hero of the Great Age of Polar Exploration Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 2006

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Unlike such famous explorers as Amundsen, Peary, Scott, and Shackleton, Sir Hubert Wilkins is little known. Nasht has now brought Wilkins' exploits to readers' attention with this book. He writes that Wilkins began his exploration by sledging thousands of miles across ice and slogging for years on foot through the deserts and tropics. He was the first to grasp the potential of discovery from the air and by submarine and, in 1928, completed a map of the world in eight months of flying. In August 1931, aboard the submarine Nautilus, Wilkens and his crew were the first to dive into the Arctic Ocean. He was the first to fly across the North Pole, resulting in a knighthood; the first to fly to the Antarctic; and the first to discover land by plane. Wilkins, a scientist, was the first to understand the link between the pole and changing global weather. Anyone interested in the history of polar exploration will want to read this book. George Cohen
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Simon Nasht's thoroughly captivating account of the exploits of Hubert Wilkins makes for an exhilarating edge-of-your-seat read." -- John Berendt
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (September 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559708255
  • ASIN: B005ZOK8S0
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE LAST EXPLORER: HUBERT WILKINS, HERO OF THE GREAT AGE OF POLAR EXPLORATION tells of the most successful explorer in history: a self-taught farm boy from the Australian outback who became a cameraman, reporter, pilot, spy and adventurer. His surveys were captured on camera, he helped map the Canadian Arctic, and his amazing life has only not received much in-depth coverage in past because he avoided publicity. Author Simon Nasht discovered Wilkins' journals, records and photos and used them to recreate his life and achievements: any library interested in adventure biography will welcome this vivid account.
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Best book I've read in a long while. A rollicking, fine adventure story made all the more amazing in that it is the true life story of one of Australia's forgotten heroes. A "must" read!
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The fact the Sir George Hubert Wilkins is a virtual unknown against the supposed greatness of his contemporaries, Hurley and Mawson, is due mainly to his "aggressive modesty".

Now Australians are rediscovering this truly remarkable man's life and Simon Nasht does him an immensely great service.

Simply a 'must-read'!
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Having heard very little of Hubert Wilkins prior to reading this book, I wasn't sure how interesting I would find it. I was completely captivated from start to finish of the fascinating life and adventures of the incredible explorer. The author's descriptions of each adventure allowed me to picture the events unfolding almost as vividly as Wilkins first hand accounts. This book has won a spot in my top 5 biographies that I have read.
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It is almost impossible to believe, after reading this book, that a man such as Hubert Wilkins could be so unrecognized in world history. It is a name you rarely hear mentioned. Yet, his accomplishments as an explorer and world traveler are unsurpassed. If you are one who enjoys reading about the exploits of Amundsen, Shackleton, Nansen and other great explorers, you'll love this account.
Wilkins was driven by an insatiable desire to experience the vastness of the world first hand. From a humble beginning in Australia he became a photographer, pilot, sailor, explorer, climatologist and a host of other endeavors. He spanned the Arctic, Antarctica, Australia, Russia and virtually the entire world. A humble man, he never sought fame or fortune, but looked at his adventures as personal fulfillment. His travels often brought him to the point of death and he amazed all who knew him with his incredible determination and strength to continue.
The author does a fine job of detailing Wilkins journey from the earliest of times to his final passing.
If you love adventure and world travel, this story is well worth your time.
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I can't remember the last time I cried at the end of a biography. This one I did. I've read many books on polar exploration in the early 20th century and I've never run across Sir Hubert Wilkin's name. This book is just amazing on so many levels. Truly the world was this Australian's home. And he traveled the world by plane (Lindbergh? Pshaw), ship, zeppelin, sled and submarine. How many people take film footage at Flanders in WWI, get blown up while doing so and go on to make 39 polar trips? If there was an adventure out there, Sir Wilkins was willing to be a part of it. I'm so glad he is finally being recognized for his great work. He predicted so much science of today from his polar trips. It's truly unbelievable that this man got lost between the pages of history because he made so much history. I tell every one I know about this book because Sir Wilkins is just incredible and this book is so very well written and readable.
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This true account of one man's lifelong exploration

of the polar regions makes history come alive. Yet for some reason Hubert Wilkins amazing exploits have faded from public memory.

This biography about a far-sighted adventurer who understood the importance of polar ice caps on global climate. It is a page turner that deserves a place on every bookshelf,an inspiration to the youth.
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Well told narrative of a very colorful man. Never heard of him prior to reading and found myself googling many of the names introduced. Makes you wonder, where are the individuals that compare to these adventurers of the past? Would make a good movie
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