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New York 1970 Second Good 317, illus., maps, index, boards scuffed, marks where tape removed. A journalistic masterpiece reconstructing the attempt by Donald Crowhurst to fake a ... winning circumnavigation in the 1968 singlehanded around the world race. Crowhurst loitered in the South Atlantic until it was time to head for the finish line back in England. Both a suspenseful narrative and a psychological study. Crowhurst's tragic suicide caps off the strange tale. Read more Show Less

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In the autumn of 1968,Donald Crowhurst set out from England in his untested trimaran,a competitor in the first singlehanded nonstop around-the-world sailboat race. Eight months later,the boat was found in mid-Atlantic with no one on board. Crowhurst's logs and diaries revealed that,although he had radioed messages from his supposed round-the-world course,he had in fact never left the Atlantic. This journalistic masterpiece reconstructs what happened: Crowhurst's growing distrust of his boat; his first decision to attempt one of the great hoaxes of our time; the lying radio transmissions; the "triumphal" return up the Atlantic as the elapsed-time race leader; and the fantastic ending. The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst is both a suspenseful narrative and a psychological casebook of human zeal and anguish.

In the fall of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set out from England in his untested trimaran, a competitor in the first single-handed nonstop around-the-world sailboat race. Eight months later, the boat was found in mid-Atlantic with no one on board. This journalistic masterpiece reconstructs what really happened and provides details on one of the greatest hoaxes of our time. 48 illustrations.

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Tomalin's reconstruction of Crowhuurst's life & death, now a classic of the sea, is reprinted here under McGraw's International Marine imprint. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812813012
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1970
  • Pages: 317

Table of Contents

The Bravest Boy of Them All.
The Great Race.
The Revolutionary Boat.
The Maiden Voyage.
Teignmouth.
The Last Letter.
The First Two Weeks at Sea.
Two Conflicting Testimonies.
The Fraudulent Record.
The Plan.
Christmas.
Silence and Loneliness.
The Secret Landing.
``Heading Digger Ramrez''.
Midnight Oil.
Win or Loss? The Inescapble Triumph.
Into the Dark Tunnel.
The Cosmic Mind.
The Great Beauty of Truth.
Appendices: 1: Donald Crowhurst's Navigation.
2: The Design of Teignmouth Election.
3: Teignmouth Election 25 Years Later, by Richard C.
Newick.
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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Great Read

    This work is a fairly thorough, almost complete, analysis of the a wildly interesting story of a courageous endeavor that fell to human frailty. Donald Crowhurst saw a way out of financial difficulty and a way into celebrity, but prepared with haste, incompletely. With good intent, but a fair amount of trepidation, he embarked on one of the most challenging sea voyages imaginable - sindlehanding a small sailboat all the way around the earth without stopping - or receiving any assistance at all. Not many days into the voyage, he realized he could not complete it and set about to perpetrate one of the greatest hoaxes of all time. He failed in the hoax but succeeded in leaving us with a sailing mystery that rivals the Mary Deare.

    Couldn't put it down.

    One thing that this reader believes is that the hazards of lead solder should have been investigated by the competent authors, Tomlin and Hall. Soldering in the confined space of a small vessel is dangerous due to lead oxide fumes. Exposure to such fumes can result in lead poisoning - loss of appetite, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, abdominal cramps, nervousness, and insomnia are symptoms. Is it possible that the hours of soldering required to repair and alter his transmitters could have caused many of the symptoms above, and even the dementia that was clearly present in his last log entries? We may never know, but a complete investigation should include this possibility, in this reader's humble opinion.

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