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Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole Hardcover – Illustrated, September 23, 2013
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- Item Weight : 1.91 pounds
- Hardcover : 328 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621570827
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621570820
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Regnery History; Illustrated Edition (September 23, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,604,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I felt the book was rather disjoint and cobbled together. The section on the MacMillion expedition spent a lot of time talking about the actual expedition, but relatively little time about Byrd's flights during this outing. The sections about Byrd's MacMillon flights seemed rather tagged on. Portions covering Byrd's own later expedition were good, but large sections were thrown in covering Byrd's family history and his wife's family history mid book. I also felt it was extremely odd how a whole section was posted at the end covering Byrd's attempt to cross the Atlantic. The family history section and the transatlantic section really had nothing to do with the transpolar flights.
The book also spent far too much time focusing on Byrd's pedigree, 'who he knew', and other personal ventures. These topics contributed little to the supposed subject matter of the book and made the publication feel too much like a biography/love letter to Byrd. It got tiring. Easily 1/3 of the book had nothing to do with "the race to the top of the world".
I also agree with a prior review that the book needed some maps. A great deal of effort was put forth by the author to describe the various expedition routes, however without a map the effort was kind of wasted. I was on a plane when I read this book and even with a moderate sense of geography I really wanted a map to reference...even if to figure out what had been unexplored prior to the expeditions covered in the book and where they thought Harrisland was.
There are no shortage of better books on exploration. This book was pretty annoying if you compare it to something worthwhile