This book has definitely earned the right to have a hard copy on my bookshelves. Reading this account made me think of Jack London's great short story,"To Build A Fire" where events proved to be fatal to another man who was "alone" under extreme conditions. Others have written more fleshed out reviews so I won't go too crazy with this one. I don't know why it was difficult for me to get through this. Reading this account made me think of Jack London's great sh. I can barely handle the sun setting at 4pm. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. A beautifully written scary-as-can-be real life experience in Anartica. I have a special love for this book, as I am related to Richard Byrd. 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. Refresh and try again. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1938. Soft cover. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2013. A relatively quick read and very interesting even though I was worried I wouldn't like the book's story (it was a gift). It was a remarkable book. If you are into adventure and tales of individual achievement, this is brilliant. This was during the polar night. “Alone” is the memoir written by Richard E. Byrd of his sojourn in Antarctica for the long polar night of 1934. Written in 1938, Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure is the self-told story of Admiral Richard E Byrd and his expedition to Antarctica. 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. Rather, it's an intense, psychological memoir of human solitude. 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2016. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Alone by Richard Byrd - Panel Discussion (Virtual Event) Effective immediately, all University Libraries locations are temporarily closed to the public. Byrd writes with knowledge, honesty and humility as he tells of his experience. BYRD, Richard E. Item Number: 64031. This is more of a survival story than a "polar adventure", as most of it takes place in a shack at the South Pole. I was simultaneously reading Alone and The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. After graduating from the U.S. Spine may show signs of wear. 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. originally published 1938 by G.P. I read this book in Texas in the middle of summer and I swear I got cold every time I started to read it. It is beautifully written and descriptive. It is very old world and really makes you ponder on how language has changed. Many times in reading this book I found myself holding my breath, or with tears running down my cheeks. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. This book includes his memories, as well as some excerpts from his diary while there. Decorations by Richard E. Harrison. Full review on my. Later printing. He goes outside at 2pm to record the meteorological measurements and it's dark, and he goes for a little walk to stretch his legs and it's dark and then he's lost and it's dark, and then he finds his way back and it's dark and he climbs into his ice-encrusted sleeping bag and it's dark and he forgot his alarm clock so he hopes he wakes up in time to collect the data again when it will be dark. Who ever said leadership was a lonely place- really knew what he was talking about. If you’re interested in more about Richard Byrd and the Hollow Earth/Agartha theory, check out … Others have written more fleshed out reviews so I won't go too crazy with this one. First trade edition of Byrd’s account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a. 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. Alone / BYRD, Richard E., New York : Ace Books, Inc., 1938, 192 pages, (Collection : Ace Star, K-102T). Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019. And all of that IS shocking and impressive. 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. Abstract. Initially, the operation was going to use three men, each having their own jobs throughout the 6 month period, but due to the tiny size of the shack, Byrd thought it would be detrimental to relationships and decided to go it alone. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. *FREE* shipping on eligible orders. Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2014. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jean W. Griest with kindest regards R.E. Dedication is the name of the game here. If you have ever been laid up for a winter alone, you might have some tiny fraction of an idea of what he experienced. The book is also helped significantly by the eloquence and insight with which Richard Byrd writes. The universe was a cosmos, not a chaos; man was as rightfully a part of that cosmos as the day and the night. It is incredible what Byrd put himself through. Richard E. Byrd is the author. The journey he takes is both physical and spiritual and fascinating to this reader. 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. Byrd's inevitable descent into depression is eloquently expressed and will, I'm sure, strike a chord with anyone who has struggled with mental health issues: "the dark side of a man's mind seems to be a sort of antenna tuned to catch gloomy thoughts from all directions. 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. This edition keeps alive Byrd’s unforgettable narrative for new generations of readers. He draws the reader in by writing about his day to day life trying to keep fed and warm while daily taking care of scientific measuring instruments and all that that involved. No. In 1934, the author headed to Antarctica to spend a few months on his own inland (while people he was working with were a ways away, and they were in radio contact on specific days/times), while taking weather readings at various times throughout the days. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. Admiral Richard E. Byrd, known for his contested claim to have been the first person to fly over the North Pole and for his instrumental role in establishing the US presence in Antarctica, was also the author of the popular Antarctic adventure tale titled Alone.Published in 1938, the book was a media sensation. There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. Alone by Richard Byrd - Panel Discussion (Virtual Event) November 19, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM His books Little America and Skyward, both straightforward accounts of his polar expeditions, were followed by Alone in 1938. In 1934, Admiral Richard Byrd took residence in a shack in the South Pole's interior to monitor the harsh weather and active auroras throughout the long, dark winter. You're often turning the pages in horror. Octavo, original full blue morocco gilt, uncut and unopened. Admiral Byrd spends from late March to early August (Antarctic winter) by himself in a hut about 150 miles from the Antarctic coast. This is the story of Admiral Byrd’s second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. The afterword was a welcome addition which helps provide some historical context and insight after the tale had ended. For those who seek it, there is an inexhaustible evidence of an all pervading Intelligence. Octavo, original cloth. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. My god. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. Anyone who is an admiral, I figured would be self-aggrandizing. He has a very WASPy mindset that puts himself and pretty much everyone he says he cares about into mortal danger. Some of the scenes reminded of the movie Interstellar. 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. In collaboration with the Polar Archives, the Byrd Center is hosting a special seminar about Admiral Richard E. Byrd and his solo mission at an Antarctic research station. I thought I would hate it. The writing is ok but not great. Please try again. In 1934, Admital Byrd was truly alone, with help a mind-numbing 80-mile trek across the nothingness of Antarctica in the -50 degree darkness of winter. 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. This book is full of deep insight. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Every few hours he seems to be freezing some new body part and it's just a post-script to the events of the day. A beautifully written scary-as-can-be real life experience in Anartica. This book is really about half a man's physical experience; and half of his psychological experience. This is an interesting book, but only if you place it into context. 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. In 1934 Admiral Byrd led his second expedition to Antarctica, but this, his account of it, isn't really a chronicle of action and derring-do on the ice. Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices. 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 book is an incredible page turner. 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. Already famous for his flights over the North and South Poles, Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) set out in 1934 on what would become his most harrowing adventure. 01 Aug. Alone. Condition : Good. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. It has been called by many names. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Expeditions & Discoveries World History (Books), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Only a small shack with dangerously faulty ventilation stood between Byrd and the elements dur. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. A fantastic book about a man who spent six months in the meteorological base on Antarctica, alone. Byrd didn’t uncover the underground world alone. 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! However, the Admiral had bigger fish to fry than making perfect pancakes in the 60 below temperatures with the cold and dark. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an international hero best known for his accomplishments in pioneer aviation and polar exploration. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an international hero best known for his accomplishments in pioneer aviation and polar exploration. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Although less well known than his famous flight over the North Pole, Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s adventures in Antarctica are just as remarkable. Richard E. Byrd's "ALONE" gets off to a slow start, but as soon as Byrd is left alone, 123 miles from the nearest humans at Little America, during the Antarctic winter, the real drama begins. Byrd chose to spend the perpetual darkness of an Antarctic winter staffing a small hut on the barrier taking meteorological readings. 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. 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