Kon-Tiki

Across the Pacific by Raft

Author: Thor Heyerdahl

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 162914634X

Category: History

Page: 304

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“Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? …Reply at once.” That is how six brave and inquisitive men came to seek a dangerous path to test a scientific theory. On a primitive raft made of forty-foot balsa logs and named “Kon-Tiki” in honor of a legendary sun king, Heyerdahl and five companions deliberately risked their lives to show that the ancient Peruvians could have made the 4,300-mile voyage to the Polynesian islands on a similar craft. On every page of this true chronicle—from the actual building of the raft through all the dangerous and comic adventures on the sea, to the spectacular crash-landing and the native islanders’ hula dances—each reader will find a wholesome and spellbinding escape from the twenty-first century.
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Headhunters on My Doorstep

A True Treasure Island Ghost Story

Author: J. Maarten Troost

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101621699

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson with J. Maarten Troost, the bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals. Readers and critics alike adore J. Maarten Troost for his signature wry and witty take on the adventure memoir. Headhunters on My Doorstep chronicles Troost’s return to the South Pacific after his struggle with alcoholism left him numb to life. Deciding to retrace the path once traveled by the author of Treasure Island, Troost follows Robert Louis Stevenson to the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, Kiribati, and Samoa, tumbling from one comic misadventure to another. Headhunters on My Doorstep is a funny yet poignant account of one man’s journey to find himself that will captivate travel writing aficionados, Robert Louis Stevenson fans, and anyone who has ever lost his way.
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A Hero for the Atomic Age

Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Expedition

Author: Axel Andersson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781906165314

Category: History

Page: 252

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Nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2013 Academy Awards In English and many other languages the name 'Kon-Tiki' has become a byword for adventure and the exotic. The journey of the Kon-Tiki from Peru to Polynesia in 1947 became one of the founding myths of the postwar world. In the voyage of six Scandinavians and a parrot on a balsa raft across the Pacific Ocean the classic journey of discovery was re-invented for generations to come. Kon-Tiki spoke of heroism, masculinity, free-spirited rebellion against scientific dogmatism, and the promise of an attainable exotic world, while it updated these mythological staples to fit the times. After years of relentless media exploitation of the 101-day raft journey, Heyerdahl emerged as the protagonist in a legend that helped to create a new postwar West. A Hero for the Atomic Age tells the story of how Heyerdahl organized an expedition to sail a balsa raft from Callao in Peru to the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia, and explains how he turned this physical crossing into an epic narrative that became imbued with a universal appeal. The book also addresses, for the first time, the problematic nature of Heyerdahl's theory that a white culture-bearing race had initiated all the world's great civilizations.
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Tourism in Pacific Islands

Current Issues and Future Challenges

Author: Stephen Pratt,David Harrison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317682572

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 298

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Pacific Island Countries have been shown to be especially vulnerable to such external influences as natural disasters, political unrest and downturns in the global economy and their tourism industries have been notably affected. In particular, they typically have a narrow resource base and a fragile and often vulnerable natural environment. While there is some research on islands and small states, there is a dearth of information on the South Pacific and very little research is being undertaken in the region compared to other geographical regions in the world. This volume brings together current work in Pacific Island tourism. In this collection, three main themes arise: Images of the South Pacific; Socio-economic Impacts of Tourism; and Pacific Island Countries and the Outside World. The first focus is on the question of image, namely, stereotypes of a destination held by tourists and potential tourists, the extent to which residents, for their part, really welcome visitors, and the role tourism might play in changing pre-established images. The second theme is tourism's impacts, notably the economic and socio-cultural effects of international tourism's intrusion in the region which, though often hotly debated, have attracted relatively little empirical research. The third focus is on the challenges of how PICs articulate with their external geo-political and physical environment. These involve existing relations with formal colonial centres, geographical isolation, the need for greater air access to the outside world and for more tourists, and the continuing threat to several PICs of global warming, which increased air travel will inevitably exacerbate. This text will be of interest to tourism students, researchers and academics in the fields of tourism, development studies and cultural studies.
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The Adventurer's Handbook

From Surviving an Anaconda Attack to Finding Your Way Out of a Desert

Author: Mick Conefrey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230113268

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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What makes a good explorer? Adaptability, ambition, stamina, self-confidence, curiosity, optimism, authority—and fund-raising ability. Though few of us will ever have to face a charging elephant, or survive solely on penguin stew, when it comes to project management, crisis aversion, or any number of everyday problems, there is much we can learn from the larger-than-life tales of the world's most famous adventurers. Here, award-winning documentarian Mick Conefrey pulls practical advice from their original diaries and logs, like how to survive an anaconda attack (wait until it has swallowed your legs, then reach down and cut its head off), and how to keep morale up (according to Ernest Shackleton, "A good laugh doesn't require any additional weight"). In addition to the wonderful characters and stories, this book offers many lessons on how to set sail without a clear path home. Answers to some important questions, courtesy of The Adventurer's Handbook: * How many corpses are believed to be on Mt. Everest? Answer: 120 * How is polar bear meat best prepared? Answer: Raw and frozen. * What do you do if attacked by a charging lion? Answer: Stand very still and stare it down. * What should you wear when crossing a desert? Answer: Lots of layers—fabric absorbs sweat and prolongs its cooling action.
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Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience

From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy

Author: William F. Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135955298

Category: Reference

Page: 444

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The Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience is the first one-volume, A-to-Z reference that identifies, defines, and explains all of the terms and ideas dealing with the somewhat murky world of the "almost sciences". Truly interdisciplinary and multicultural in scope, the Encyclopedia examines how fringe or marginal sciences have affected people throughout history, as well as how they continue to exert an influence on our lives today. This comprehensive reference brings together: superstitions and fads that are part of popular culture, such as fortune telling; healing practices once thought marginal that are now become increasingly accepted, such as homeopathy and acupuncture; frauds and hoaxes that have occurred throughout history, such as UFOs; mistaken theories first put forward as serious science, but later discarded as false, such as phrenology and racial typing, etc. More than 2000 extensively cross-referenced and illustrated entries cover prominent phenomena, major figures, events topics, places and associations.
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Hidden History

Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge, and Ancient Mysteries: Easyread Super Large 18pt Edition

Author: Brian Haughton

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1442953470

Category: History

Page: 308

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Despite being enmeshed in a culture steeped in technology and science, the magic and mysteries of the ancient world still haunt our imagination. Through their architecture, artifacts, and deeds, ancient cultures speak to us across thousands of dusty years--from the labyrinthine palace of Knossos on Crete and the lofty pyramids of Egypt to the remotest jungle temples of Peru and the megalithic mystery of Stonehenge. HIDDEN HISTORY brings together a fascinating selection of these ancient enigmas. arranging them into three sections: Mysterious Places, Unexplained Artifacts, and Enigmatic People.
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The Rough Guide to Norway

Author: Phil Lee

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1405380128

Category: Travel

Page: 464

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The Rough Guide to Norway is the ultimate travel guide with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best Norwegian attractions. Discover the diverse regions of Norway; from the outstanding expresionist art in the unmissable Oslo galleries, to the Loften Islands and majestic coastline of Norway. This incisive, thoughtful guide delves deeper than any other guide into the heart of Norway and its people, the spectacular national parks, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Norway whilst relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels in Norway, recommended restaurants in Norway, Norwegian bars, and all the insider tips to the best shopping and entertainment in Norway, for all budgets. You'll find expert tips on exploring Norway's untrammelled wilderness, catering for hikers and skiers, to Base jumpers and glacier hikers, with an authoritative background on Norway's history and culture. Explore all corners of Norway with the clearest maps of any guide. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Norway.
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