Two Planks and a Passion
The Dramatic History of Skiing
By (author) Roland Huntford
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Two Planks and a Passion by Roland Huntford
Book DescriptionPredating the wheel, the ski has played an important role in our history. This is brilliantly brought to life in this engaging book. Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a traveling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too. The origins of skiing are bound up with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781847252364
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Hambledon Continuum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2008
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.
Nansen, Paperback (December 2001)
This is the first full-scale biography of Nansen, drawing on a wealth of new material including diaries and other hitherto untapped documents.
Scott and Amundsen, Paperback (December 2000)» View all books by Roland Huntford
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
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Author Biography - Roland Huntford
Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. The biographer of Shackleton and Nansen, his other books include Scott and Amudsen: The Last Place on Earth and The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Journey.
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