PENGUINS HAVE SQUARE EYES: An Antarctic Adventure [NOOK Book]

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This book is not about penguins, although they do make an appearance. It’s more of a misadventure story: the kind of book that some men write about war. In this case, the battles are against nature: the intense cold, the unforgiving, unexplored polar wilderness, the isolation, insomnia, boredom, terror and grief that men fought with grit and gallows humor at the bottom of the world.
In 1956, a bright, young man, trying to make his mark at NBC News, volunteers to go to the ...
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PENGUINS HAVE SQUARE EYES: An Antarctic Adventure

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Overview

This book is not about penguins, although they do make an appearance. It’s more of a misadventure story: the kind of book that some men write about war. In this case, the battles are against nature: the intense cold, the unforgiving, unexplored polar wilderness, the isolation, insomnia, boredom, terror and grief that men fought with grit and gallows humor at the bottom of the world.
In 1956, a bright, young man, trying to make his mark at NBC News, volunteers to go to the Antarctic with an audacious ex-Marine combat cameraman to produce TV documentaries. They wind up focusing – not on penguins – but on tough-talking Seabees, daring naval aviators and rugged scientists, all working in harsh conditions with little or no public recognition.
His account of documenting the work of the men of Operation Deepfreeze who built the polar scientific bases for the International Geophysical Year is sometimes hilarious, but often irreverent, cynical and heartbreaking. According to the men he covered back then, his book paints a true picture of what being down there “on the ice” was really like for them.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016785851
  • Publisher: Patrick Trese
  • Publication date: 5/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,284,326
  • File size: 940 KB

Meet the Author

PATRICK TRESE, an original staff member of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, has been writing professionally since his senior year in college, mostly network news and documentaries for NBC News.
During his 30 years at NBC News, his awards included a Peabody and several Emmys. After retirement, he wrote the 10-part PBS series “America Goes to War,” narrated by Eric Sevareid and 12 episodes of “The 20th Century” series narrated by Mike Wallace for CBS News Productions.
His book about making documentary films in Antarctica in 1957-58, Penguins Have Square Eyes, was published in 1962. Caril, the story of Caril Ann Fugate, who became involved with mass-murderer Charles Starkweather and was convicted of first-degree murder at age 15, was published by in 1972. It was based on his NBC News investigative documentary "Growing Up in Prison."
Bitter Medicine, which he co-authored with Dr. Richard E. Kessler, is available as an e-book and paperback. Based on the doctor’s experience as a surgeon, researcher and medical school professor, it’s a dose of truth about medical malpractice.
Trese blogs – at www.patricktrese.wordpress.com – about how he learned to write for radio, film and TV – and how to write scripts for other people to read.
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