Kon-Tiki by Thor HeyerdahlKon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl


byThor Heyerdahl

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 1990

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Now a major motion picture, Kon-Tiki is the record of Thor Heyerdahl’s astonishing three-month voyage across the Pacific.

Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure—a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.

On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land—the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.

Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage—a magnificent saga of men against the sea.

This edition includes a foreword by the author and a unique visual essay of the voyage.
"This is an enthralling book," Hamilton Lasso wrote in The New Yorker of Kon-Tiki (1948), "and I don't think I can be very far off in calling it the most absorbing sea tale of our time." Heyerdahl, a Norwegian ethnologist, conceived the theory---not then accepted by other scientists---that Polynesia may have been originally settled by ...
Title:Kon-TikiFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inShipping dimensions:6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0671726528

ISBN - 13:9780671726522


Rated 5 out of 5 by from kon tiki Although it was written so many years ago, I just recently read it and what an adventure! The theory, the detail, the actual voyage....so incredible to read at any time!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed this true adventure. Amazing!
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story for the Ages! Even after 50 years, this amazing recounting of the journey by Thor Heyerdahl and his 5 fellow Norwegians still holds water. The theory that ocean-going vessels from the Incans could cross the Pacific and reach Polynesia is proven as the Kon-Tiki crew crosses the deep from Peru to the South Pacific. This book is an homage to the spirit of adventure, exploration and scientific pursuit. Cannot wait to see the documentary of this voyage that won the 1951 Oscar.
Date published: 2009-10-12

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The story of the Pacific journey by six men on a raft in search of the path taken by Kon-Tiki, a white voyager, 1500 years before.