Nansen: The Explorer as Hero is a well-crafted, masterfully researched biography of Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian doctor-scientist some consider the greatest polar explorer of all. Written by Roland Huntford, the author of the critically-acclaimed biography of Shackleton, Nansen reveals the man by telling the life. At times, it reads almost like an adventure story: Nansen's audacious scheme to reach the North Pole by having his ship frozen in Arctic ice seems as exciting and reckless now as it did more than a century ago. By the point in the biography when the Oslo-born explorer wins the Nobel Prize, we almost feel that we have earned it with him.
|Publisher:||Barnes & Noble|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read seven Nansen biographies and Huntford's is the most comprehensive, realistic and detailed. Every thinking adult should learn something about Fridtjof Nansen, largely because his way of solving problems would help us to face our uncertain future. Huntford's book is impressive. It emphasizes exploration, which should make mass-audience readers happy, but does so at the expense of Nansen's other accomplishments. In particular, Nansen's overwhelmingly important role in orchestrating the transition of oceanography from a descriptive enterprise resembling exploration to part of true science is underdone. He is the only oceangrapher to win a Nobel Prize and the only Nobel Prize winner to be inducted into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame. If he was an American alive today, he would be more famous than Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga combined.
Mr. Huntford has done a fantastic job on this book. It's accuracy is outstanding. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.Our family is most gracious....Hans Nansen