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. Richard E. Byrd is the author. A black Friday for me. Dedication is the name of the game here. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Alone [Byrd, Richard Evelyn] on Amazon.com.au. It is beautifully written and descriptive. The temperature routinely hit 60 degrees below zero and rarely wandered upwards of twenty below, as Byrd - laid low by carbon monoxide poisoning - fought a daily battle to survive a situation that would have killed almost any other man. He took up aviation in 1917, and after World War I he gained great fame in the air. If you’re interested in more about Richard Byrd and the Hollow Earth/Agartha theory, check out … It was a remarkable book. The story itself is a bit lackluster. Secure packaging for safe delivery. Honestly, I should have anticipated that, since Byrd was definitely well aware of his public image as a pioneering hero of exploration. “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. Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval officer and explorer. I have never felt this alone in my life. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. 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. Isolated in the polar night with no hope of rescue until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. 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. Although less well known than his famous flight over the North Pole, Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s adventures in Antarctica are just as remarkable. This was during the polar night. Byrd didn’t uncover the underground world alone. “Alone” is the memoir written by Richard E. Byrd of his sojourn in Antarctica for the long polar night of 1934. There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an international hero best known for his accomplishments in pioneer aviation and polar exploration. Richard Byrd penned -Alone- several years after his antarctic stay and used his diary and memory to honestly account his experiences. The book is very readable and you can feel his pain as you read his accounting. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. 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. To generations of Americans, Richard Byrd was the quintessential explorer of unknown terrain. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. Also was quite glad I read the "Afterword" only after finishing the book. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I thought I would hate it. What a brave team he had at "Little America". During this time he was completely isolated except for unreliable radio contact with the main base. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Octavo, original full blue morocco gilt, uncut and unopened. One of these items ships sooner than the other. 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. 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. In June, as it got colder outside, things started to get dicey for the author. by Richard E. Byrd. Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic, The Flight to the South Pole (Admiral Byrd Classics). 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 beg. Others have written more fleshed out reviews so I won't go too crazy with this one. 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. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. Admiral Byrd has more fortitude than I probably ever will. There's a problem loading this menu right now. 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. 4 stars, 45 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2021. 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. His description of the interior walls of the cabin slowly becoming more and more encased in ice each day was bone chilling. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. June 1st was a Friday. A fantastic book about a man who spent six months in the meteorological base on Antarctica, alone. The journey he takes is both physical and spiritual and fascinating to this reader. The bitter cold was horrible, but the beauty of the auroras breathtaking. First trade edition of Byrd’s account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. It's a fascinating account of how the human mind copes (or fails to) in complete isolation. I was simultaneously reading Alone and The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. 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. The writing is ok but not great. Amazing! Dedication is the name of the game here. Alone by Richard Byrd - Panel Discussion (Virtual Event) November 19, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM A relatively quick read and very interesting even though I was worried I wouldn't like the book's story (it was a gift). 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. The rhythm was too orderly, too harmonious, to be a product of blind chance. I read the condensed version of this book and may look for the original. And all of that IS shocking and impressive. That being said, it is a very easy read. 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. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work. I don't know why it was difficult for me to get through this. Byrd wrote this book in 1938--four years after surviving several months of solitary research in 60-80 degrees below zero in Antarctica. I enjoyed this very readable account of Byrd’s anarctic solo stay at the remote base. 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). After graduating from the U.S. 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. If you are into adventure and tales of individual achievement, this is brilliant. BYRD, Richard E. Item Number: 64031. Belief in it is the one point where all religions agree. This was compelling right from the word go and meant you just wanted to read more to discover how it ended. This book is really about half a man's physical experience; and half of his psychological experience. Richard Byrd penned -Alone- several years after his antarctic stay and used his diary and memory to honestly account his experiences. Unable to add item to List. Some of the scenes reminded of the movie Interstellar. 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. Abstract. He wakes up and it's dark. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a backyard fort compared to Byrd's Advance Camp. And the Maine hermit is nothing more than a kid playing in a. For untold ages man has felt an awareness of that Intelligence. 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. Rather, it's an intense, psychological memoir of human solitude. It has maps of the ice shelves as its endpapers. Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. Alone by Byrd, Richard E. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. It is incredible what Byrd put himself through. Amazing story. Now I know where I get my good looks (actually my mom’s dad is where I get my full head of hair). 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. 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