Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure

Alone The Classic Polar Adventure When Admiral Richard E Byrd set out on his second Antarctic expedition in he was already an international hero for having piloted the first flights over the North and South Poles His plan for th

  • Title: Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure
  • Author: Richard Evelyn Byrd Richard E. Harrison Kieran Mulvaney
  • ISBN: 9781559634632
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Admiral Richard E Byrd set out on his second Antarctic expedition in 1934, he was already an international hero for having piloted the first flights over the North and South Poles His plan for this latest adventure was to spend six months alone near the bottom of the world, gathering weather data and indulging his desire to taste peace and quiet long enough to knowWhen Admiral Richard E Byrd set out on his second Antarctic expedition in 1934, he was already an international hero for having piloted the first flights over the North and South Poles His plan for this latest adventure was to spend six months alone near the bottom of the world, gathering weather data and indulging his desire to taste peace and quiet long enough to know how good they really are But early on things went terribly wrong Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness By the time he discovered that carbon monoxide from a defective stovepipe was poisoning him, Byrd was already engaged in a monumental struggle to save his life and preserve his sanity.When Alone was first published in 1938, it became an enormous bestseller This edition keeps alive Byrd s unforgettable narrative for new generations of readers.

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    1. امتیاز: ۳.۵پسر بچه ای که از کودکی در رویای کشف قطب جنوب به سر می برد دریاسالاری میشه که در سال ۱۹۳۴ پنج ماه تمام رو در کلبه ای زیر سطح زمین، پوشیده از برف و یخ قطب جنوب به تنهایی سپری می کنه. در دمایی که حتی به منفی ۶۴ درجه زیر صفر میرسه و در عرض جغرافیایی ای که هیچ موجود زنده ی دیگر [...]

    2. The back of this memoir is going to try and sell itself to you with how much the Antarctic sucks, and how incredible it is that this guy spent 5 months there by himself in near constant darkness and 70-something below zero temperatures every day, and all of this in 1933 when they didn't have synthetic fabrics with moisture-wicking properties or internet or fancy sleeping bags or any fun REI doo-dads. And all of that IS shocking and impressive. You're often turning the pages in horror. Every few [...]

    3. This book ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. I thought I would hate it. Anyone who is an admiral, I figured would be self-aggrandizing. No. This book is full of deep insight. Maybe born of despair, but that's how it goes sometimes. If you have ever been laid up for a winter alone, you might have some tiny fraction of an idea of what he experienced. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. I am not a fan of descripti [...]

    4. Even though I've been obsessed with cold places for as long as I can remember and have long wanted to visit Antarctica, this book added fuel to that fire, setting my imagination soaring with visions of white expanses and the dangerous era of exploration. This is a fantastic and exciting read. I like to re-read it on warm days in the summer when it's too hot and imagining being alone at South Pole cools me down, or even in blustery wintry days when it's nice to be reminded that, hey, it could be [...]

    5. 3.5?As a kid, I loved all those books like "My Side of the Mountain" -- stories of people going off into the wilderness and hacking it.The descriptions of Antarctica are beautiful and evocative (all the snow, and the aurora, and light), and I HATE the cold. This made me feel kind of cold, heh.There's not much of a story -- it really just is his experience being down there and (spoiler) suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, but a fast and enjoyable read.

    6. Couldn't put this down. He does a great job of recreating his experience at the South Pole. Also was quite glad I read the "Afterword" only after finishing the book.

    7. Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure is the story of famed explorer Richard Byrd's famous (or infamous) solitary sojourn at the bottom of the world - ably, if somewhat reluctantly, told by Byrd himself. It is not a tell of adventure so much as survival, as the peaceful and scientific adventure Byrd had anticipated all too quickly became a months-long fight for survival in the most inhospitable of places. Only a small shack with dangerously faulty ventilation stood between Byrd and the elements dur [...]

    8. Admiral Richard E. Byrd single handedly manned a weather base in the Antarctic winter night of 1934. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. The book is a composite from his own personal diary, and an account of the expedition from Base Camp records. This expedition was a very brave undertaking in weather which at times resembled a winter-hurricane, with temperatures which dipped to an all time low of minus 82 degrees! [...]

    9. Having just read another book in which Byrd features somewhat negatively, I sort of wasn't expecting to connect with him quite like I did in this one. I've read a lot of polar memoirs/expedition diaries, etc and I guess I was expecting something along those lines--somewhat dry, somewhat self-congratulatory while also somewhat excessively modest. I was surprised by the relaxed, casual style at first, having mostly read accounts by stiff-upper-lip British naval officers and the like, and the begin [...]

    10. Dedication is the name of the game here. Byrd survives at a weather station in the Antarctic alone. Others have written more fleshed out reviews so I won't go too crazy with this one. Byrd's writing had me nodding at points in agreement as he describes thoughts I have had while working on projects I thought I could do alone. He sets out with a simple goal, to collect weather data in Antarctica, but an unexpected event causes him major setbacks. Byrd, being a man of his time and dedicated to the [...]

    11. This account of six months that the explorer, Richard Byrd, spent alone in minus 60 degree weather in Antarctica was gripping. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. Even though he thought he was well equipped and capable of dealing with every contingency, happenings occurred that demonstrated his frailty and even hubris in thinking, erroneously, that he had thought of everything He was lucky to have survived. Reading this account made me think of Jack London's great sh [...]

    12. This book is an incredible page turner. Admiral Byrd spends from late March to early August (Antarctic winter) by himself in a hut about 150 miles from the Antarctic coast. He gets relatively carbon monoxide poisoning about 2 months before anyone can get in to help him, and he has to survive, using the stove that poisoned him as well as trying to hide his infirmity from "Little America," the base on the Antarctic coast. Not only is the work of survival gripping, his descriptions of the natural w [...]

    13. Although less well known than his famous flight over the North Pole, Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s adventures in Antarctica are just as remarkable. This account highlights the solitude, the cold, above all the personal thoughts of a man who desired to seek a quiet place away from the "hullabaloo". This is a fascinating account of man in nature with only his solitary self to sustain him. The journey he takes is both physical and spiritual and fascinating to this reader. His dreams sustained him in [...]

    14. This is a beautifully written discription of Admiral Byrd's five month stay by himself in a remote cabin in Antartica to study the weather. He is blunt about the decisions that almost resulted in his death and at the same time, his descriptions of the both the beauty and the harshness of the Antartic winter put you there. Even though you know that he ultimately survives (it is his own work, after all), you are still on tenter hooks (whatever they are) as you read.

    15. Byrd's tale of human determination in the Antarctic is timeless. After being nearly slain by the carbon monoxide fumes given by the stove that was meant to keep him alive, Byrd is a step away from death's doorstep. He only manages to stay alive through sheer determination to keep his men safe. Once you open up this inspirational true story, you won't be able to put it down.

    16. It is incredible what Byrd put himself through. Faced death on many occassions while alone in the world`s most danger weather observation post - temperatures that sometimes went into the -70s . A definite worth-while read and shows what endurance man is capable of and that most of us don't even challenge ourselves to the limits that we are capable of.

    17. RereadI read an abridged version of this in readers digest about 40 years ago. This is a good story. I think I'll stick with the shorter/abridged version

    18. Byrdova zpověď dobrovolného vyhnanství je kromě svého hrdinsko-romantického a vědecko-dobrodružného náboje pozoruhodná ve dvou ohledech. Z hlediska psychologie izolace může být vděčným námětem pro podobné projekty exponované pouze z pustiny Antarktidy do ještě mrazivější pustiny vesmíru. Funkce rutiny, autosugesce, racionalizace chování, komunikace nebo spirituálních zážitků jsou jistě aktuální pro všechny potenciální "one man shows" v kosmonautice. A s t [...]

    19. This book is really about half a man's physical experience; and half of his psychological experience. Each of these halves are equally intriguing, and feed off one another meshing into a complete picture of what he went through in his own words.The book will at many times take a break from the overall narration to display a passage, or two, of his journal; illuminating his physical and mental state at the time. This provides a contrast from his thoughts and feelings during the situation, compare [...]

    20. It's fascinating to consider being alone for months on end, and to be alone in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth makes for an incredible story. I appreciate the technical explanations as well as the narrative of Admiral Byrd's thoughts, feelings, and hopes throughout the his tenure at Advanced Base Camp. Insight into leadership at its best as well as reading of the courage and bravery of those at Little America Camp makes this real-life historic thriller a classic, indeed.

    21. I read a very condensed version of this book several years ago. In its full length it is even more impactful. Although the newly added afterword suggests that Byrd actually had a ghost writer, it is still a tale of unbelievable endurance and courage.

    22. I could hardly put this down. I was shivering in bed while reading it as the temps mentioned in the book are beyond belief.

    23. I thought this was a good read. I liked it. It was a fascinating read about an expedition he made to study weather at the south pole. Because of extenuating circumstances, he decided to make the trip alone. At first things went well. He found peace in the utter silence. There was absolutely no sound unless he made it. He also found enjoyment in the total dark which eventually became his constant companion. After suffering monoxide poisoning from a faulty heating system caused by rime, each day b [...]

    24. This is the intriguing autobiographical account of Admiral Byrd’s Second Antarctic Expedition, in 1934, where Byrd willingly spent five winter months alone in an ice-encrusted, hastily-constructed shack for the ostensible purpose of operating a meteorological station, but more likely as a highly technical publicity stunt. Byrd, it seems clear, was a tireless self-promotor in the “hero business.” His decision to go it alone promised to make him the only man in the world to have endured this [...]

    25. ALONE. (1938). Adm. Richard E. Byrd. ***.Byrd was in charge of an expedition to Antarctica in the early 1930s. The mission of the group was to chart the topology of the region, but to also collect meteorological data in precise alliance with a station in the northern hemisphere. Byrd mentions Keokuk, but I’m not sure that was the affiliated station. A sub-camp was set up, referred to as the Advance Base. It was the plan of Byrd to staff that facility with three men of his expedition, along wit [...]

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