By (author) Roland Huntford
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Nansen by Roland Huntford
Book DescriptionBehind the great polar explorers of the early twentieth century - Amundsen, Shackleton, Scott in the South and Peary in the North - looms the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), the mentor of them all. He was the father of modern polar exploration, the last act of territorial discovery before the leap into space began. Nansen was a prime illustration of Carlyle's dictum that 'the history of the world is but the biography of great men'. He was not merely a pioneer in the wildly diverse fields of oceanography and skiing, but one of the founders of neurology. A restless, unquiet Faustian spirit, Nansen was a Renaissance Man born out of his time into the new Norway of Ibsen and Grieg. He was an artist and historian, a diplomat who had dealings with Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin, and played a part in the Versailles Peace Conference, where he helped the Americans in their efforts to contain the Bolsheviks. He also undertook famine relief in Russia. Finally, working for the League of Nations as both High Commissioner for Refugees and High Commissioner for the Repatriation of Prisoners of War, he became the first of the modern media-conscious international civil servants.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349114927
(153mm x 201mm x 37mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roland Huntford
Race for the South Pole, Paperback (September 2011)
In 1910 Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen set sail for Antarctica, each from his own starting point, and the epic race for the South Pole was on. December 2011 marks the centenary of the conclusion to the last great race of terrestrial discovery. This title presents each man's full account of the race to the South Pole in their own words.
Two Planks and a Passion, Paperback (September 2009)
Predating the wheel, the ski has played an important role in our history. This book features a history that begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth.
Scott and Amundsen, Paperback (December 2000)
A gripping history of the agonies and feuds, as well as the joys, of the legendary 1911-2 British-Norwegian race to the South Pole
South Pole, Paperback (November 2000)» View all books by Roland Huntford
The first explorer to reach the South Pole recounts the rigors of his expedition.
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Author Biography - Roland Huntford
Roland Huntford is the author of two best-selling polar biographies, SHACKLETON (1985) and SCOTT AND AMUNDSEN (1979), filmed for TV as the acclaimed series THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH. He was the London OBSERVER's Scandinavian correspondent & speaks fluent Norwegian.
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