Alone

Alone

The Classic Polar Adventure

Book - 2003
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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 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.

Publisher: Washington, DC :, Island Press/Shearwater Books,, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9781559634632
Branch Call Number: ANF 919.8904 BYR
Characteristics: xi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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MplsTA
Aug 18, 2017

You would think it would be the days and days of temps from -40 to -60 that would get to a person. Instead it's all the things inside his shelter that affected Byrd. Whether he suspected it or not, he had to fight symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning from badly vented equipment. It's a miracle he made it through. He did keep a good diary and the story of solitary life at a one-man weather station were very interesting.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2015

This is an account of Byrd's sojourn at a very isolated weather station one cold winter in Antarctica, spent alone. One feels that it was written for posterity rather than as a true account. I prefer the British, understated diaries. It pales beside Cherry-Garrard's "The Worst Journey in the World."

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