Belief in it is the one point where all religions agree. Byrd chose to spend the perpetual darkness of an Antarctic winter staffing a small hut on the barrier taking meteorological readings. This is a fantastic and exciting read. The book is a composite from his own personal diary, and an account of the expedition from Base Camp records. 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. 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.
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. 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. Byrd wrote this book in 1938--four years after surviving several months of solitary research in 60-80 degrees below zero in Antarctica. One of these items ships sooner than the other. 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. (Ret.) Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an international hero best known for his accomplishments in pioneer aviation and polar exploration. 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. The book is also helped significantly by the eloquence and insight with which Richard Byrd writes. It really makes you feel for the guy. Once you open up this inspirational true story, you won't be able to put it down. 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. If youâre interested in more about Richard Byrd and the Hollow Earth/Agartha theory, check out â¦ Decorations by Richard E. Harrison. I have never felt this alone in my life. 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! They had built him an underground shelter to live in. First trade edition of Byrdâs account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. Octavo, original cloth. Octavo, original full blue morocco gilt, uncut and unopened. The writing is ok but not great. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Richard E. Byrd-"Aone"-1938-International Collectors Library-5" X 8"-221 pages-Hardcover Book-Signed By Author.Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888â1957, American aviator and polar explorer, b. Winchester, Va. Reading this account made me think of Jack London's great sh. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. However, the Admiral had bigger fish to fry than making perfect pancakes in the 60 below temperatures with the cold and dark. 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. This edition keeps alive Byrd’s unforgettable narrative for new generations of readers. I love reading books from long ago because of the verbage they use. My great grandfather was his cousin. Amazing! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2012. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a. 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. I read the condensed version of this book and may look for the original. This is more of a survival story than a "polar adventure", as most of it takes place in a shack at the South Pole. Alone. It was pretty non-stop hold-your-breath. A beautifully written scary-as-can-be real life experience in Anartica. 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. There is a small amount of mundane jargon in the book that is scientific based like weather observations and readings but this is his sole purpose for the trip so I don't feel it detracts much from the story despite it's repetitiveness. Alone [Byrd, Richard Evelyn] on Amazon.com.au. 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. Spine may show signs of wear. 01 Aug. Alone. No. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. 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 âto taste peace and quiet long enough to know how good they really are.â But early on things went terribly wrong. No. Show Details. I have a signed original from 1938. I found it interesting to read how he tries to explain away and justify that to himself. I am not a fan of descriptive passages, but the ways he describes the aurora Australis are remarkable. This was compelling right from the word go and meant you just wanted to read more to discover how it ended. The journey he takes is both physical and spiritual and fascinating to this reader. I mean I know I have God, but this feeling of sheer desperation is â¦ Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. 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. The universe was a cosmos, not a chaos; man was as rightfully a part of that cosmos as the day and the night. Based on his own diaries, this is a really good story of the mental and physical challenges he had to endure. First to fly over the North Pole (although this feat has been disputed from shortly after he claimed it to the present day), recipient of the Medal of Honor for this claimed exploit, pioneer in trans-Atlantic flight (although beaten by Lindbergh after a crash on a practice takeoff, he successfully flew from New York to France in June 1927), Antarctic explorer and first to fly over the South Pole, and leader of four more expeditions to the Antarctic, including commanding the operation which established the permanent base at the South Pole which remains there to this day. Admiral Byrd spends from late March to early August (Antarctic winter) by himself in a hut about 150 miles from the Antarctic coast. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club thatâs right for you for free. 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. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. (page 1). Alone on the Ice: The Best Survival Story You've Never Heard | Nat Geo Live - Duration: 21:39. For untold ages man has felt an awareness of that Intelligence. I found it so with mine." 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. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a backyard fort compared to Byrd's Advance Camp. 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. During this trip he spent several months alone at an advance outpost to study weather and observe the Aurora Australis. It is beautifully written and descriptive. Alone / BYRD, Richard E., New York : Ace Books, Inc., 1938, 192 pages, (Collection : Ace Star, K-102T). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2013. If you are interested in this event, please follow the steps below: Register to attend the panel discussion at the link above. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. 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. The Secret Lost Diary of Admiral Richard E. Byrd and The Phantom of the Poles, The Missing Diary Of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, The Smoky God: A Voyage to the Inner World, The Kingdom of Agarttha: A Journey into the Hollow Earth, Discovery: The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition (Admiral Byrd Classics). Whether the whole Hollow Earth story is fact or fiction, itâs great to imagine there are still hidden civilizations out there in the world. It is very old world and really makes you ponder on how language has changed. Byrd wrote this book in 1938--four years after surviving several months of solitary research in 60-80 degrees below zero in Antarctica. Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2014. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Alone by Richard Evelyn Byrd (1938-06-03) by Byrd, Richard E. Ex-Library copy with typical library marks and stamps. Although less well known than his famous flight over the North Pole, Admiral Richard E. Byrdâs adventures in Antarctica are just as remarkable. The Afterword refers to âByrdâs self-imposed exile inside a hut nine by thirteen feet, âa pinprick in infinityâ etched into a floating glacier the size of France, just beyond the rim of human life.â There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. This account of six months that the explorer, Richard Byrd, spent alone in minus 60 degree weather in Antarctica was gripping. 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. Each of these halves are equally intriguing, and feed off one another meshing into a complete picture of what he went through in his own words. June 1st was a Friday. New York: G. P. Putnamâs Sons, 1938. Putnam's Sons Chapter 7 ~~~~~ JUNE I: DESPAIR. What a brave team he had at "Little America". Weâd love your help. Richard Evelyn Byrd has 32 books on Goodreads with 6804 ratings. His dreams sustained him in these journeys and he bequeathed them to his readers as inspiration. 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. Amazing story. To generations of Americans, Richard Byrd was the quintessential explorer of unknown terrain. Island Press; Illustrated edition (August 8, 2003), Science, adventure, and madness in the Antarctic winter, Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019. I read this book in Texas in the middle of summer and I swear I got cold every time I started to read it. The book is very readable and you can feel his pain as you read his accounting. ... RICHARD E BYRD "DISCOVERY" 1933-35 EXPEDITION PART 1 74322 - Duration: 33:46. 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. This book includes his memories, as well as some excerpts from his diary while there. Naval Academy in 1912, Byrd was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Not only is the work of survival gripping, his descriptions of the natural world are truly breath taking. August 8th 2003 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. 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. Byrd didnât uncover the underground world alone. You're often turning the pages in horror. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. He only manages to stay alive through sheer determination to keep his men safe. âAloneâ is the memoir written by Richard E. Byrd of his sojourn in Antarctica for the long polar night of 1934. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work. His books Little America and Skyward, both straightforward accounts of his polar expeditions, were followed by Alone in 1938. 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. This account of six months that the explorer, Richard Byrd, spent alone in minus 60 degree weather in Antarctica was gripping. This book ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 3, 2013. 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. Byrd.â Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.. Decorations by Richard E. Harr That being said, it is a very easy read. 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. The writing is ok but not great. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. 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! I am not a fan of descripti. Based on his own diaries, this is a really good story of the me. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 18, 2013. ALONE. This book ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. This is more of a survival story than a "polar adventure", as most of it takes place in a shack at the South Pole. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Let us know whatâs wrong with this preview of, Published Unable to add item to List. 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. Alone by Byrd,Richard E. (Royal Geographical Library Copy) Seller Richard Thornton Books Published 1836 Condition Very Good Edition First Edition Item Price $ 51.21. Please try again. Welcome back. 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. Refreshingly free from self-agrandizing egoticism. This is the story of Admiral Byrdâs second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. Not really worth reading on its own merits, but if you would like a chance to form your own impressions of the man and his times it could hold your interest. 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. This book is really about half a man's physical experience; and half of his psychological experience. 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