Across the Pacific by Raft

Book - 2009
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Now a major motion picture, Kon-Tiki is the record of Thor Heyerdahl's astonishing three-month voyage across the Pacific.

Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure--a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.

On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land--the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.

Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage--a magnificent saga of men against the sea.

This edition includes a foreword by the author and a unique visual essay of the voyage.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009
ISBN: 9780671726522
Branch Call Number: ANF 910.9164 HEY
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm


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Jul 21, 2017

This is an awesome account of an incredible adventure.

Oct 02, 2014

A great adventure even though the theory turned out to be incorrect.

Oct 02, 2013

Fascinating true story of six men who sailed a balsa wood raft from Peru to the Polynesian islands in the late 1940s to prove a theory that the South Pacific was originally poplated by natives of Peru and British Columbia, Canada.

Nov 20, 2010

An incredible saga of seamanship and leadership showing Heyerdahl at his best. It's true that DNA studies have now proven that migration on such rafts to Pacific islands didn't occur, but the voyage is still a great achievement.

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