If you have ever been laid up for a winter alone, you might have some tiny fraction of an idea of what he experienced. Originally published in 1938, 'Alone' provides a gripping account of his second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. 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. I was simultaneously reading Alone and The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. 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. Only a very special person could have done this work. The book is a composite from his own personal diary, and an account of the expedition from Base Camp records. The story itself is a bit lackluster. 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. Byrd survives at a weather station in the Antarctic alone. 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. This book is really about half a man's physical experience; and half of his psychological experience. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I was simultaneously reading Alone and The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Who ever said leadership was a lonely place- really knew what he was talking about. 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. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. This is a fantastic and exciting read. This book is full of deep insight. This book is an incredible page turner. 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. Byrd survives at a weather station in the Antarctic alone. Others have written more fleshed out reviews so I won't go too crazy with this one. He has a very WASPy mindset that puts himself and pretty much everyone he says he cares about into mortal danger. Octavo, original full blue morocco gilt, uncut and unopened. Reading this account made me think of Jack London's great sh. I have never felt this alone in my life. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that 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. Dust jacket in good condition. Every few. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Richard Byrd penned -Alone- several years after his antarctic stay and used his diary and memory to honestly account his experiences. 4 stars, 45 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2021. 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. Maybe born of despair, but that's how it goes sometimes. Admiral Byrd spends from late March to early August (Antarctic winter) by himself in a hut about 150 miles from the Antarctic coast. 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. In that instant I could feel no doubt of man's oneness with the universe. Whether the whole Hollow Earth story is fact or fiction, it’s great to imagine there are still hidden civilizations out there in the world. by Island Press. Rear Admiral U.S.N. When Alone was first published in 1938, it became an enormous bestseller. 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. It is beautifully written and descriptive. The Afterword refers to “Byrd’s self-imposed exile inside a hut nine by thirteen feet, ‘a pinprick in infinity’ etched into a floating glacier the size of France, just beyond the rim of human life.” Admiral Richard E. Byrd single handedly manned a weather base in the Antarctic winter night of 1934. Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval officer and explorer. BOOKS. A fantastic book about a man who spent six months in the meteorological base on Antarctica, alone. Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2014. Visit our COVID-19 page for more information. It really makes you feel for the guy. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. Buy Alone: Classic of Polar Solitude and Adventure New edition by Byrd, Richard E. (ISBN: 9781559634632) from Amazon's Book Store. 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. This book ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. He wakes up and it's dark. Alone by Richard Byrd - Panel Discussion (Virtual Event) November 19, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 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. Unable to add item to List. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a. It has maps of the ice shelves as its endpapers. They had built him an underground shelter to live in. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. Based on his own diaries, this is a really good story of the me. 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. 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. He took up aviation in 1917, and after World War I he gained great fame in the air. 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. 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. by Richard E. Byrd. This Is The Way To Midwinter Night Madness, Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2013. Full review on my. 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 bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. Having just read another book in which Byrd features somewhat negatively, I sort of wasn't expecting to connect with him quite like I did in this one. A relatively quick read and very interesting even though I was worried I wouldn't like the book's story (it was a gift). Richard Evelyn Byrd’s most popular book is Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure. 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. Isolated in the polar night with no hope of rescue until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. Anyone who is an admiral, I figured would be self-aggrandizing. 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. It's a fascinating account of how the human mind copes (or fails to) in complete isolation. This is a fascinating account of man in nature with only his solitary self to sustain him. In June, as it got colder outside, things started to get dicey for the author. Island Press; Illustrated edition (August 8, 2003), Science, adventure, and madness in the Antarctic winter, Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019. 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. Condition : Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items. Admiral Byrd has more fortitude than I probably ever will. The bitter cold was horrible, but the beauty of the auroras breathtaking. Byrd spent a winter alone at a weather station near the South Pole and had many harrowing adventures that he lived to tell. I love reading books from long ago because of the verbage they use. Rather, it's an intense, psychological memoir of human solitude. 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. His books Little America and Skyward, both straightforward accounts of his polar expeditions, were followed by Alone in 1938. I am not a fan of descriptive passages, but the ways he describes the aurora Australis are remarkable. He sets out with a simple goal, to collect weather data in Antarctica, but an unexpected event causes him major setbacks. You're often turning the pages in horror. 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. 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. A beautifully written scary-as-can-be real life experience in Anartica. Alone by Richard Evelyn Byrd, 1938, G. P. Putnam's sons edition, in English 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. That being said, it is a very easy read. Faced death on many occasions while alone in the world`s most danger weather observation post - temperatures that sometimes went into the -70s . The journey he takes is both physical and spiritual and fascinating to this reader. Others have written more fleshed out reviews so I won't go too crazy with this one. Please try again. His description of the interior walls of the cabin slowly becoming more and more encased in ice each day was bone chilling. During this trip he spent several months alone at an advance outpost to study weather and observe the Aurora Australis. Alone by Byrd, Richard E. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. Maybe born of despair, but that's how it goes sometimes. And all of that IS shocking and impressive. It is incredible what Byrd put himself through. 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. 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. 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.
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. Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic, The Flight to the South Pole (Admiral Byrd Classics). 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 was a remarkable book. Putnam's Sons Chapter 7 ~~~~~ JUNE I: DESPAIR. 76. It's pretty short, so it doesn't take that long to read in any case. Signed limited first edition of Byrd’s account of his second expedition to Antarctica, number 88 of only 225 finely bound copies signed by him. 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. Admiral Byrd spends from late March to early August (Antarctic winter) by himself in a hut about 150 miles from the Antarctic coast. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. This is a fantastic and exciting read. This is an interesting book, but only if you place it into context. New York: G.P. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 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. Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. I am not a fan of descripti. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 3, 2013. I hate drama and overstatement...there was none of that. 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, 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. 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. If you are interested in this event, please follow the steps below: Register to attend the panel discussion at the link above. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. For untold ages man has felt an awareness of that Intelligence. Although less well known than his famous flight over the North Pole, Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s adventures in Antarctica are just as remarkable. 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. Octavo, original cloth. 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 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. 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. 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. Not only is the work of survival gripping, his descriptions of the natural world are truly breath taking. 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. A very interesting read about one man's experience of being alone in a hut during the Antarctic winter. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 18, 2013. Many times in reading this book I found myself holding my breath, or with tears running down my cheeks. Alone by Richard Byrd – Panel Discussion Thursday, November 19, 2020 4 – 5:30 p.m. EST Register Now >> Join us for a special “Book Club” event, featuring Alone by Richard E. Byrd. Alone / BYRD, Richard E., New York : Ace Books, Inc., 1938, 192 pages, (Collection : Ace Star, K-102T). Belief in it is the one point where all religions agree. Abstract. Dedication is the name of the game here. 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. The writing is ok but not great. “A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable.”, “The universe was a cosmos, not a chaos; man was as rightfully a part of that cosmos as were the day and night.”, National Outdoor Book Award for Classic (2003), Extreme Classics: National Geographic's 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time, [+ Poll Ballot] Alone / Richard E. Byrd. Byrd didn’t uncover the underground world alone. If you’re interested in more about Richard Byrd and the Hollow Earth/Agartha theory, check out … ... RICHARD E BYRD "DISCOVERY" 1933-35 EXPEDITION PART 1 74322 - Duration: 33:46. 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). Also was quite glad I read the "Afterword" only after finishing the book. Byrd wrote this book in 1938--four years after surviving several months of solitary research in 60-80 degrees below zero in Antarctica. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. Byrd's tale of human determination in the Antarctic is timeless. Alone (page 1). This book includes his memories, as well as some excerpts from his diary while there. No. BYRD, Richard E. Alone. Anyone you enjoys real accounts of life in one of the most extreme regions of the world will not be disappointed. Honestly, I should have anticipated that, since Byrd was definitely well aware of his public image as a pioneering hero of exploration. This was compelling right from the word go and meant you just wanted to read more to discover how it ended. This is the story of Admiral Byrd’s second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. 16th PRINTING. A well written book on isolation and perseverance in the worst of conditions. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 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. He does a great job of recreating his experience at the South Pole. He learned flying at Many call it God. 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. 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 have a special love for this book, as I am related to Richard Byrd. 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. Amazing story. Richard Byrd penned -Alone- several years after his antarctic stay and used his diary and memory to honestly account his experiences. ALONE is the remarkable story of his struggle to save his life and his sanity. Description: London: David Bogue. It has been called by many names. 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. 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! Having just read another book in which Byrd features somewhat negatively, I sort of wasn't expecting to connect with him quite like I did in this one. 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. 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. 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 you have ever been laid up for a winter alone, you might have some tiny fraction of an idea of what he experienced. Byrd, being a man of his time and dedicated to the. 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. His dreams sustained him in th. First trade edition of Byrd’s account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. 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. He only manages to stay alive through sheer determination to keep his men safe. Naval Academy in 1912, Byrd was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2016. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a backyard fort compared to Byrd's Advance Camp. In subsequent expeditions to the South Pole he discovered new land and collected important scientific data. 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. 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. I found it interesting to read how he tries to explain away and justify that to himself. A beautifully written scary-as-can-be real life experience in Anartica. 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. Alone. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less Some of the scenes reminded of the movie Interstellar. 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. I don't know why it was difficult for me to get through this. The book is very readable and you can feel his pain as you read his accounting. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work. *FREE* shipping on eligible orders. Please try again. The universe was a cosmos, not a chaos; man was as rightfully a part of that cosmos as the day and the night. Welcome back. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been th… This guy could write! This account of six months that the explorer, Richard Byrd, spent alone in minus 60 degree weather in Antarctica was gripping. Spine may show signs of wear. 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. I read this book in Texas in the middle of summer and I swear I got cold every time I started to read it. He thought the time alone would be good for reflection, reading and listening to music. A black Friday for me. Please try again. My god. I thought I would hate it. If you are into adventure and tales of individual achievement, this is brilliant. At times you wonder how one man can live through such an experience. 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 ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. Alone on the Ice: The Best Survival Story You've Never Heard | Nat Geo Live - Duration: 21:39. The bitter cold was horrible, but the beauty of the auroras breathtaking. 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 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. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1938. Only a small shack with dangerously faulty ventilation stood between Byrd and the elements during the continually dark days of the winter of 1934. August 8th 2003 He has a very WASPy mindset that puts himself and pretty much everyone he says he cares about into mortal. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an international hero best known for his accomplishments in pioneer aviation and polar exploration. 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