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Predating 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 Details

ISBN: 9781847252364
ISBN-10: 1847252362
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Hambledon Continuum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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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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