Byrd's writing had me nodding at points in agreement as he describes thoughts I have had while working on projects I thought I could do alone. This account of six months that the explorer, Richard Byrd, spent alone in minus 60 degree weather in Antarctica was gripping. I've read a lot of polar memoirs/expedition diaries, etc., and I guess I was expecting something along those lines--somewhat dry, somewhat self-congratulatory while also somewhat excessively modest. A black Friday for me. Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. Richard Byrd penned -Alone- several years after his antarctic stay and used his diary and memory to honestly account his experiences. It has maps of the ice shelves as its endpapers. He gets relatively carbon monoxide poisoning about 2 months before anyone can get in to help him, and he has to survive, using the stove that poisoned him as well as trying to hide his infirmity from "Little America," the base on the Antarctic coast. The universe was a cosmos, not a chaos; man was as rightfully a part of that cosmos as the day and the night. by Island Press. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. To generations of Americans, Richard Byrd was the quintessential explorer of unknown terrain. Honestly, I should have anticipated that, since Byrd was definitely well aware of his public image as a pioneering hero of exploration. In 1934, Admiral Richard Byrd took residence in a shack in the South Pole's interior to monitor the harsh weather and active auroras throughout the long, dark winter. He learned flying at Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jean W. Griest with kindest regards R.E. Byrd's inevitable descent into depression is eloquently expressed and will, I'm sure, strike a chord with anyone who has struggled with mental health issues: "the dark side of a man's mind seems to be a sort of antenna tuned to catch gloomy thoughts from all directions. Byrd claimed that his expeditions had been th… Anyone who is an admiral, I figured would be self-aggrandizing. Also was quite glad I read the "Afterword" only after finishing the book. I found it so with mine." Rather, it's an intense, psychological memoir of human solitude. I can barely handle the sun setting at 4pm. Aircraft flights in which he served as a navigator and expedition leader crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a segment of the Arctic Ocean, and a segment of the Antarctic Plateau. “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. Byrd, being a man of his time and dedicated to the. In June, as it got colder outside, things started to get dicey for the author. 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 beginning has the feel of an adventure novel in some ways. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor given by the United States, and was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. ALONE is the remarkable story of his struggle to save his life and his sanity. I have never felt this alone in my life. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. 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. A fantastic book about a man who spent six months in the meteorological base on Antarctica, alone. In subsequent expeditions to the South Pole he discovered new land and collected important scientific data. Some of the scenes reminded of the movie Interstellar. When Alone was first published in 1938, it became an enormous bestseller. After graduating from the U.S. Richard E. Byrd is the author. After being nearly slain by the carbon monoxide fumes given by the stove that was meant to keep him alive, Byrd is a step away from death's doorstep. Even though I've been obsessed with cold places for as long as I can remember and have long wanted to visit Antarctica, this book added fuel to that fire, setting my imagination soaring with visions of white expanses and the dangerous era of exploration. 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. I read this book in Texas in the middle of summer and I swear I got cold every time I started to read it. The book is also helped significantly by the eloquence and insight with which Richard Byrd writes. The writing is ok but not great. Not really worth reading on its own merits, but if you would like a chance to form your own impressions of the man and his times it could hold your interest. Byrd survives at a weather station in the Antarctic alone. Admiral Richard E. Byrd single handedly manned a weather base in the Antarctic winter night of 1934. His dreams sustained him in these journeys and he bequeathed them to his readers as inspiration. Please try again. However, the Admiral had bigger fish to fry than making perfect pancakes in the 60 below temperatures with the cold and dark. The nightmare left me, and about 9 o'clock in the morning I awakened with a violent start, as if I had been thrown down a deep well in my sleep. If you are into adventure and tales of individual achievement, this is brilliant. A different kind of read for me, but I really enjoyed learning about Richard E Byrd's life for several months on the south pole. In 1934 Admiral Byrd led his second expedition to Antarctica, but this, his account of it, isn't really a chronicle of action and derring-do on the ice. 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. For untold ages man has felt an awareness of that Intelligence. Couldn't put this down. I appreciate the technical explanations as well as the narrative of Admiral Byrd's thoughts, feelings, and hopes throughout the his tenure at Advanced Base Camp. Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2014. This account of six months that the explorer, Richard Byrd, spent alone in minus 60 degree weather in Antarctica was gripping. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I read the condensed version of this book and may look for the original. The book is written four years after his trip to the Antarctic but he remembers it vividly and includes many notes from his diary during that time. His dreams sustained him in th. 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. No. Signed limited first edition of Byrd’s account of his second expedition to Antarctica, number 88 of only 225 finely bound copies signed by him. It is beautifully written and descriptive. Many times in reading this book I found myself holding my breath, or with tears running down my cheeks. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. Who ever said leadership was a lonely place- really knew what he was talking about. ... RICHARD E BYRD "DISCOVERY" 1933-35 EXPEDITION PART 1 74322 - Duration: 33:46. Even though he thought he was well equipped and capable of dealing with every contingency, happenings occurred that demonstrated his frailty and even hubris in thinking, erroneously, that he had thought of everything He was lucky to have survived. Putnam’s Sons, 1938. During this time he was completely isolated except for unreliable radio contact with the main base. In 1934, Admital Byrd was truly alone, with help a mind-numbing 80-mile trek across the nothingness of Antarctica in the -50 degree darkness of winter. There is a part in the book where Admiral Byrd comes to a realization and conclusion about the cosmos, that I particularly like; What came out of the silence, a gentle rhythm, the strain of a perfect chord, the music of the spheres, perhaps. by Richard E. Byrd. Maybe born of despair, but that's how it goes sometimes. Rear Admiral U.S.N. 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. Refreshingly free from self-agrandizing egoticism. 16th PRINTING. That being said, it is a very easy read. It is very old world and really makes you ponder on how language has changed. He goes outside at 2pm to record the meteorological measurements and it's dark, and he goes for a little walk to stretch his legs and it's dark and then he's lost and it's dark, and then he finds his way back and it's dark and he climbs into his ice-encrusted sleeping bag and it's dark and he forgot his alarm clock so he hopes he wakes up in time to collect the data again when it will be dark. 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 worse. Each of these halves are equally intriguing, and feed off one another meshing into a complete picture of what he went through in his own words. Welcome back. There was a problem loading your book clubs. This book ranks right up there with "The Worst Journey in the World", and that is saying one heck of a lot. This is a fantastic and exciting read. Byrd wrote Alone in response to requests from people all over the world wanting to know the true story behind his ordeal. Alone [Byrd, Richard Evelyn] on Amazon.com.au. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I enjoyed this very readable account of Byrd’s anarctic solo stay at the remote base. Alone by Richard Byrd - Panel Discussion (Virtual Event) Effective immediately, all University Libraries locations are temporarily closed to the public. I don't think you'd need to be a polar fanatic (although I am one) to find meaning and interest in this fascinating account. Join us at 4:00 PM on November 19 to meet three panelists and discuss Richard Byrd's experience spending an Antarctic winter in a one-man research station. Alone by Richard Evelyn Byrd, 1938, G. P. Putnam's sons edition, in English Maybe born of despair, but that's how it goes sometimes. Not only is the work of survival gripping, his descriptions of the natural w. This book is an incredible page turner. The book is very readable and you can feel his pain as you read his accounting. A very interesting read about one man's experience of being alone in a hut during the Antarctic winter. It's pretty short, so it doesn't take that long to read in any case. Obviously, the man survived to tell his story, but he was lucky. Island Press; Illustrated edition (August 8, 2003), Science, adventure, and madness in the Antarctic winter, Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2013. I thought I would hate it. 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. 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. Byrd survives at a weather station in the Antarctic alone. Admiral Richard E. Byrd, known for his contested claim to have been the first person to fly over the North Pole and for his instrumental role in establishing the US presence in Antarctica, was also the author of the popular Antarctic adventure tale titled Alone.Published in 1938, the book was a media sensation. The journey he takes is both physical and spiritual and fascinating to this reader. Byrd wrote this book in 1938--four years after surviving several months of solitary research in 60-80 degrees below zero in Antarctica. Condition : Good. This edition keeps alive Byrd’s unforgettable narrative for new generations of readers. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. He gets relatively carbon monoxide poisoning about 2 months before anyone can get in to help him, and he has to survive, using the stove that poisoned him as well as trying to hide his infirmity from "Little America," the base on the Antarctic coast. At times you wonder how one man can live through such an experience. There's a problem loading this menu right now. BYRD, Richard E. Alone. Alone. Dedication is the name of the game here. Admiral Byrd has more fortitude than I probably ever will. He sets out with a simple goal, to collect weather data in Antarctica, but an unexpected event causes him major setbacks. A relatively quick read and very interesting even though I was worried I wouldn't like the book's story (it was a gift). Alone: The Classic Polar Adventures by Richard E. Byrd Discover: The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition by Richard Evelyn Bird, Jr. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2016. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.
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. “Alone” is the memoir written by Richard E. Byrd of his sojourn in Antarctica for the long polar night of 1934. Naval Academy in 1912, Byrd was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. A well written book on isolation and perseverance in the worst of conditions. 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. Based on his own diaries, this is a really good story of the mental and physical challenges he had to endure. Initially, the operation was going to use three men, each having their own jobs throughout the 6 month period, but due to the tiny size of the shack, Byrd thought it would be detrimental to relationships and decided to go it alone. Octavo, original full blue morocco gilt, uncut and unopened. This book includes his memories, as well as some excerpts from his diary while there. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The bitter cold was horrible, but the beauty of the auroras breathtaking. Buy Alone: Classic of Polar Solitude and Adventure New edition by Byrd, Richard E. (ISBN: 9781559634632) from Amazon's Book Store. A beautifully written scary-as-can-be real life experience in Anartica. Once you open up this inspirational true story, you won't be able to put it down. This account highlights the solitude, the cold, above all the personal thoughts of a man who desired to seek a quiet place away from the "hullabaloo". This is the story of Admiral Byrd’s second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. By the time he discovered that carbon monoxide from a defective stovepipe was poisoning him, Byrd was already engaged in a monumental struggle to save his life and preserve his sanity. This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. Very well written too. Byrd didn’t uncover the underground world alone. But what really got me are his moments of quiet, lyrical beauty in describing the Antarctic, the interminable nights, the cold, and his physical and mental states during his months alone in a hut where his survival is dependent upon the very things that will kill him if he doesn't stay on top of the situation. 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. First trade edition of Byrd’s account of his harrowing 1933 Antarctic expedition. I was simultaneously reading Alone and The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. It is beautifully written and descriptive. It was pretty non-stop hold-your-breath. This is a fantastic and exciting read. Soft cover. Byrd chose to spend the perpetual darkness of an Antarctic winter staffing a small hut on the barrier taking meteorological readings. Octavo, original cloth. Although it seems comical that soon after his his crew deserts him, his biggest troubles are that he cannot find two very important articles: his alarm clock and his cookbook. Insight into leadership at its best as well as reading of the courage and bravery of those at Little America Camp makes this real-life historic thriller a classic, indeed. The book is a composite from his own personal diary, and an account of the expedition from Base Camp records. Richard Evelyn Byrd’s most popular book is Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure. Isolated in the polar night with no hope of rescue until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Expeditions & Discoveries World History (Books), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. It was a remarkable book. My god. Even though he thought he was well equipped and capable of dealing with every contingency, happenings occurred that demonstrated his frailty and even hubris in thinking, erroneously, that he had thought of everything He was lucky to have survived. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2012. He has a very WASPy mindset that puts himself and pretty much everyone he says he cares about into mortal. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Unable to add item to List. Secure packaging for safe delivery. Even though I've been obsessed with cold places for as long as I can remember and have long wanted to visit Antarctica, this book added fuel to that fire, setting my imagination soaring with visions of white expanses and the dangerous era of exploration. What a brave team he had at "Little America". Every few hours he seems to be freezing some new body part and it's just a post-script to the events of the day. As he said, he was reborn there in Antarctica that winter. This account highlights the solitude, the cold, above all the personal thoughts of a man who desired to seek a quiet place away from the "hullabaloo". Contents : ?Alone is Richard E. Byrd?s story of the five months he spent in absolute isolation at Advance Base, a tiny hut far south of Little America.? I am not a fan of descripti. Refresh and try again. Alone. No. Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019. This book is full of deep insight. The back of this memoir is going to try and sell itself to you with how much the Antarctic sucks, and how incredible it is that this guy spent 5 months there by himself in near constant darkness and 70-something below zero temperatures every day, and all of this in 1933 when they didn't have synthetic fabrics with moisture-wicking properties or internet or fancy sleeping bags or any fun REI doo-dads. 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. Even though you know that he ultimately survives (it is his own work, after all), you are still on tenter hooks (whatever they are) as you read. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 18, 2013. One of these items ships sooner than the other. This is more of a survival story than a "polar adventure", as most of it takes place in a shack at the South Pole. This was during the polar night. Not only is the work of survival gripping, his descriptions of the natural world are truly breath taking. He only manages to stay alive through sheer determination to keep his men safe. Already famous for his flights over the North and South Poles, Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) set out in 1934 on what would become his most harrowing adventure. 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. Alone on the Ice: The Best Survival Story You've Never Heard | Nat Geo Live - Duration: 21:39. 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. Reading this account made me think of Jack London's great sh. I hate drama and overstatement...there was none of that. Originally published in 1938, 'Alone' provides a gripping account of his second expedition to Antarctica in 1934. This book is an incredible page turner. I don't know why it was difficult for me to get through this. Based on his own diaries, this is a really good story of the me. 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. This is a fascinating account of man in nature with only his solitary self to sustain him. Alone by Richard Byrd - Panel Discussion (Virtual Event) November 19, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Seller Inventory # 004095. You're often turning the pages in horror. This was compelling right from the word go and meant you just wanted to read more to discover how it ended. And all of that IS shocking and impressive. You're often turning the pages in horror. Amazing story. His scientific expedition came close to costing him his life, his men at Base Camp made a heroic trip to rescue him. 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. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957) was an international hero best known for his accomplishments in pioneer aviation and polar exploration. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Description: London: David Bogue. There is beauty, pain, happiness and much sorrow in his story. 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