He has a very WASPy mindset that puts himself and pretty much everyone he says he cares about into mortal danger. Maybe born of despair, but that's how it goes sometimes. *FREE* shipping on eligible orders. This book is really about half a man's physical experience; and half of his psychological experience. Alone on the Ice: The Best Survival Story You've Never Heard | Nat Geo Live - Duration: 21:39. Isolated in the polar night with no hope of rescue until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. 4 stars, 45 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2021. 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. Also was quite glad I read the "Afterword" only after finishing the book. That being said, it is a very easy read. ALONE is the remarkable story of his struggle to save his life and his sanity. 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. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. This is the account of a man trapped in a cabin for months with little to do except take weather readings, organise his environment and, when things end up going very wrong for him, trying to stay alive. 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. This book is full of deep insight. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. This is more of a survival story than a "polar adventure", as most of it takes place in a shack at the South Pole. Richard Byrd penned -Alone- several years after his antarctic stay and used his diary and memory to honestly account his experiences. 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. 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. 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. For those who seek it, there is an inexhaustible evidence of an all pervading Intelligence. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less Putnam's Sons Chapter 7 ~~~~~ JUNE I: DESPAIR. 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. Secure packaging for safe delivery. Rather, it's an intense, psychological memoir of human solitude. A fantastic book about a man who spent six months in the meteorological base on Antarctica, alone. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. He wakes up and it's dark. Refresh and try again. This is a fantastic and exciting read. This book is full of deep insight. An overlooked but fascinating part to Antarctic history, unusual and well worth reading. There is a part in the book where Admiral Byrd comes to a realization and conclusion about the cosmos, that I particularly like; What came out of the silence, a gentle rhythm, the strain of a perfect chord, the music of the spheres, perhaps. If you have ever been laid up for a winter alone, you might have some tiny fraction of an idea of what he experienced. Admiral Byrd spends from late March to early August (Antarctic winter) by himself in a hut about 150 miles from the Antarctic coast. The entire time, he was being slowly poisoned by carbon monoxide from a faulty stove, but had to run it anyway so he wouldn't freeze to death. 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. If you are into adventure and tales of individual achievement, this is brilliant. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. This is an interesting book, but only if you place it into context. Abstract. Admiral Richard E. Byrd single handedly manned a weather base in the Antarctic winter night of 1934. Alone by Byrd, Richard E. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. Only a very special person could have done this work. 01 Aug. Alone. The rhythm was too orderly, too harmonious, to be a product of blind chance. This book is an incredible page turner. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an international hero best known for his accomplishments in pioneer aviation and polar exploration. The writing is ok but not great. My great grandfather was his cousin. 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. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. This guy could write! Start by marking “Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Only a small shack with dangerously faulty ventilation stood between Byrd and the elements during the continually dark days of the winter of 1934. In June, as it got colder outside, things started to get dicey for the author. I hate drama and overstatement...there was none of that. His books Little America and Skyward, both straightforward accounts of his polar expeditions, were followed by Alone in 1938. Octavo, original full blue morocco gilt, uncut and unopened. It is incredible what Byrd put himself through. 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! by Island Press. 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. 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. Description: London: David Bogue. This is the story of Admiral Byrd’s second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. Anyone who is an admiral, I figured would be self-aggrandizing. When Alone was first published in 1938, it became an enormous bestseller. I thought I would hate it. And all of that IS shocking and impressive. A black Friday for me. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. I also have a really nice hardcover first edition of this that I cherish. He has a very WASPy mindset that puts himself and pretty much everyone he says he cares about into mortal. I found it so with mine." The bitter cold was horrible, but the beauty of the auroras breathtaking. 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. 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 wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. Decorations by Richard E. Harrison. Byrd, being a man of his time and dedicated to the mission and his men, attempts to deal with the problem by himself. 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. This book includes his memories, as well as some excerpts from his diary while there. But what really got me are his moments of quiet, lyrical beauty in describing the Antarctic, the interminable nights, the cold, and his physical and mental states during his months alone in a hut where his survival is dependent upon the very things that will kill him if he doesn't stay on top of the situation. originally published 1938 by G.P. Who ever said leadership was a lonely place- really knew what he was talking about. I thought I would hate it. Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic, The Flight to the South Pole (Admiral Byrd Classics). This book ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. Please try again. The book is also helped significantly by the eloquence and insight with w. This is the account of a man trapped in a cabin for months with little to do except take weather readings, organise his environment and, when things end up going very wrong for him, trying to stay alive. Others have written more fleshed out reviews so I won't go too crazy with this one. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jean W. Griest with kindest regards R.E. I was simultaneously reading Alone and The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. I don't think you'd need to be a polar fanatic (although I am one) to find meaning and interest in this fascinating account. Couldn't put this down. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2012. Based on his own diaries, this is a really good story of the me. The book is written four years after his trip to the Antarctic but he remembers it vividly and includes many notes from his diary during that time. Dedication is the name of the game here. Richard E. Byrd, U.S. naval officer, pioneer aviator, and polar explorer best known for his explorations of Antarctica using airplanes and other modern technical resources. 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 worse. No. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. 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. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a. The afterword was a welcome addition which helps provide some historical context and insight after the tale had ended. BOOKS. August 8th 2003 Richard E. Byrd-"Aone"-1938-International Collectors Library-5" X 8"-221 pages-Hardcover Book-Signed By Author.Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888–1957, American aviator and polar explorer, b. Winchester, Va. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been th… 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. Share Tweet. 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. I am not a fan of descriptive passages, but the ways he describes the aurora Australis are remarkable. One of these items ships sooner than the other. This Is The Way To Midwinter Night Madness, Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2013. Byrd chose to spend the perpetual darkness of an Antarctic winter staffing a small hut on the barrier taking meteorological readings. He learned flying at Posted at 17:41h in The Experience by Rbyrd. He only manages to stay alive through sheer determination to keep his men safe. 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. At times you wonder how one man can live through such an experience. Exploring with Byrd… Alone. 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. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 18, 2013. ... RICHARD E BYRD "DISCOVERY" 1933-35 EXPEDITION PART 1 74322 - Duration: 33:46. This edition keeps alive Byrd’s unforgettable narrative for new generations of readers. Although less well known than his famous flight over the North Pole, Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s adventures in Antarctica are just as remarkable. I don't know why it was difficult for me to get through this. His description of the interior walls of the cabin slowly becoming more and more encased in ice each day was bone chilling. Not only is the work of survival gripping, his descriptions of the natural w. This book is an incredible page turner. 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. 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. Naval Academy in 1912, Byrd was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Richard Evelyn Byrd’s most popular book is Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure. “Alone” is the memoir written by Richard E. Byrd of his sojourn in Antarctica for the long polar night of 1934. This is more of a survival story than a "polar adventure", as most of it takes place in a shack at the South Pole. Byrd survives at a weather station in the Antarctic alone. During this trip he spent several months alone at an advance outpost to study weather and observe the Aurora Australis. No. Please try again. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work. Welcome back. A different kind of read for me, but I really enjoyed learning about Richard E Byrd's life for several months on the south pole.
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. It's pretty short, so it doesn't take that long to read in any case. If you’re interested in more about Richard Byrd and the Hollow Earth/Agartha theory, check out … This book has definitely earned the right to have a hard copy on my bookshelves. Soft cover. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. First trade edition of Byrd’s account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. I dare say a lot of people won't enjoy it or find it as compelling as I did, but it was the insight into what life is like living in such extreme, inhospitable conditions as well as the human drama that kept me interested. He sets out with a simple goal, to collect weather data in Antarctica, but an unexpected event causes him major setbacks. Originally published in 1938, 'Alone' provides a gripping account of his second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. Faced death on many occasions while alone in the world`s most danger weather observation post - temperatures that sometimes went into the -70s . Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices. To generations of Americans, Richard Byrd was the quintessential explorer of unknown terrain. A beautifully written scary-as-can-be real life experience in Anartica. However, the Admiral had bigger fish to fry than making perfect pancakes in the 60 below temperatures with the cold and dark. Alone I read this book in Texas in the middle of summer and I swear I got cold every time I started to read it. Show Details. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. The book is also helped significantly by the eloquence and insight with which Richard Byrd writes. Byrd wrote this book in 1938--four years after surviving several months of solitary research in 60-80 degrees below zero in Antarctica. Many times in reading this book I found myself holding my breath, or with tears running down my cheeks. 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. What makes it worth reading to me is the fact that the author is the famous explorer Richard Byrd, the year is 1934, and the setting is the absolutely insane idea he had of essentially camping alone in Antarctica for the duration of the Antarctic winter. 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. For untold ages man has felt an awareness of that Intelligence. His dreams sustained him in th. Admiral Richard E. Byrd single handedly manned a weather base in the Antarctic winter night of 1934. Byrd wrote this book in 1938--four years after surviving several months of solitary research in 60-80 degrees below zero in Antarctica. Alone by Richard Evelyn Byrd (1938-06-03) by Byrd, Richard E. Ex-Library copy with typical library marks and stamps. Some of the scenes reminded of the movie Interstellar. Alone by Richard Evelyn Byrd, 1938, G. P. Putnam's sons edition, in English As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. Although less well known than his famous flight over the North Pole, Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s adventures in Antarctica are just as remarkable. 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 beautifully written and descriptive. In subsequent expeditions to the South Pole he discovered new land and collected important scientific data. During this time he was completely isolated except for unreliable radio contact with the main base. Byrd didn’t uncover the underground world alone. Once you open up this inspirational true story, you won't be able to put it down. Byrd survives at a weather station in the Antarctic alone. Rear Admiral U.S.N. Visit our COVID-19 page for more information. You're often turning the pages in horror. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. A very interesting read about one man's experience of being alone in a hut during the Antarctic winter. The polar explorer Richard E. Byrd's "Alone" is an absolutely gripping narrative of his winter-over at a remote weather station in the Antarctic in 1934. 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. Refreshingly free from self-agrandizing egoticism. 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 beginning has the feel of an adventure novel in some ways. Seller Inventory # 004095. This book ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. This was compelling right from the word go and meant you just wanted to read more to discover how it ended. I read the condensed version of this book and may look for the original. Richard Evelyn Byrd has 32 books on Goodreads with 6804 ratings. 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! It has been called by many names. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Byrd writes with knowledge, honesty and humility as he tells of his experience. My god. Byrd spent a winter alone at a weather station near the South Pole and had many harrowing adventures that he lived to tell. It’s hard to even imagine the physical and psychological hardships being in such a hostile and remote location placed upon Byrd, but he does a fine job in articulating his experiences. SHARES. The writing is ok but not great. He had to fight the never ending darkness, the equipment, the cold, the solitude and later; his own sickness. This was during the polar night. Recipient of the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor for navigating the first flight over the North Pole in 1926, he also was honored for his 1927 trans-Atlantic flight. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. In that instant I could feel no doubt of man's oneness with the universe. The universe was a cosmos, not a chaos; man was as rightfully a part of that cosmos as the day and the night. This account of six months that the explorer, Richard Byrd, spent alone in minus 60 degree weather in Antarctica was gripping. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Alone by Richard E. Byrd, 9781559634632, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Reading this account made me think of Jack London's great sh. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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. 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. 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". It's a fascinating account of how the human mind copes (or fails to) in complete isolation. A relatively quick read and very interesting even though I was worried I wouldn't like the book's story (it was a gift). In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. An underground shelter to live in solitary self to sustain him quintessential explorer of unknown.! 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