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The Last Explorer: Hubert Wilkins: Hero of the Great Age of Polar Exploration
 
 
Author
Simon Nasht.
Publisher Arcade  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781559708258
Pages/Publication Date 346/2006
Daedalus Item Code 02665
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Possibly the greatest explorer you've never heard of, Australian Hubert Wilkins (1888–1958) flew across the North Pole from Alaska to Europe in 1928, only a year after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic. He was also the first to fly in the Antarctic, the first to take a submarine under the Arctic ice, and the first to discover land by airplane; in fact, no one in history saw more undiscovered land and sea with his own eyes than Wilkins. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Simon Nasht, who also produced a Jules Verne Award–winning documentary on Wilkins' submarine expedition (The Voyage of the Nautilus), rescues him from undeserved obscurity with this gripping account.

"Simon Nasht's thoroughly captivating account of the exploits of Hubert Wilkins makes for an exhilarating edge-of-your-seat read."—John Berendt

"Wilkins began his exploration by sledging thousands of miles across ice and slogging for years on foot through the deserts and tropics. He was the first to grasp the potential of discovery from the air and by submarine and, in 1928, completed a map of the world in eight months of flying. In August 1931, aboard the submarine Nautilus, Wilkens and his crew were the first to dive into the Arctic Ocean ... [and he] was the first to understand the link between the pole and changing global weather."—Booklist

 
 
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