Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing

Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing

by Roland Huntford, Huntford
     
 

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Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.
That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar

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Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.
That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too. The origins of skiing are bound up in with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.

Editorial Reviews

BBC History Magazine
Roland Huntford’s book is an amazingly detailed history of skiing’s Scandinavian origins.
The Guardian
The most in-depth study of skiing currently in the English language and it will no doubt remain the defining record for some time.
The Independent on Sunday
this is a deeply scholarly work ... Fortunately scholarly in this instance is not synonymous with dull ... Huntford manages to bind a wealth of material together with a strong narrative thread.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441134011
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
782,601
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. He is the author of the award-winning Two Planks and a Passion: the Dramatic History of Skiing and Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth and he is the biographer of Shackleton and Nansen. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.

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