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Philosophy for Polar Explorers Paperback – January 3, 2006
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Erling Kagge, born in 1963, is one of the world’s most accomplished living explorers. He was the first in history to achieve the hat trick of the North Pole, the South Pole and the summit of Mount Everest. He has sailed across the Atlantic, around Cape Horn, to the Antarctic and to the Galápagos Islands. Kagge is also a major collector of Russian icons and contemporary art. He spent nineteen years at school and in university, but this book is not about what he learned at school. Philosophy for Polar Explorers is a best seller in Norway. Erling Kagge draws on experience from his own expeditions, the art world, the publishing industry, and family life. He uses references from popular culture, the history of philosophy, surfing, famous adventures and the world of contemporary art.
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I highly recommend, especially for young people, a unique and powerful book by a Norwegian author, "Philosophy for Polar Explorers". Erling Kagge, the exuberant author, reached both the North Pole and the South Pole, then decided that he would reach the peak of Mount Everest as well. He writes about curiosity, about motivation, about breaking through the barriers of your own doubts. The book is filled with pictures, one of them of Erling Kagge with an icicle hanging off the end of his nose, so that you know you have got to WORK if you are going to achieve that dream.
"Philosophy for Polar Explorers" is a bright red book that you will carry around in your hand, feeling the energy.
I would put this book on par with Paul Arden's first two books as well as Jack Foster's book How to Get Ideas. While one could argue the individual merits of any of these books against the others, they all have extremely valuable things to say on a very personal and practical level.
How anyone could give this book only one star is beyond me. It is infinitely more useful than its price would suggest, and if any negative reviewer bothered to apply the lessons in this book instead of just ponder them, they would realize this as well.