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My Life As An Explorer

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  7 reviews
My life as an Explorer is a classic of Polar literature, written by the one man to do more to further the exploration of both Polar regions than any other person. First sailing to the Antarctic in the 1899 Belgian expedition, Amundsen never lost his passion for exploring, following this trip with a journey around the top of Canada to prove the existence of the North West P ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by Amberley Publishing
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Shannon
This book covers two subject areas: 1) the preparation for and execution of physically demanding and logistically complicated expeditions and 2) settling the score with Umberto Nobile over credit for completing an air traverse of the North Pole.

The first subject was compelling. It's remarkable that at such a young age Amundsen knew what he wanted out of life, guiding his actions and decisions along a singular path. He also did a great job of calling out the mundane details needed to pull off a s
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Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
Amundsen endured to visit both poles, the most inhospitable places in this planet. Absolutely genius, one of the finest explorers ever lived! However, wasted half of his autobiography talking about an unscrupulous Italian named Nobile. If it is your first book on polar exploration, start with "the last place on earth" or "the last Viking". Then you are going to understand his autobiography.
Жанна Пояркова
Невероятно мощная книга. Капитан Скотт просто не понял, с кем он соревнуется, - с терминатором, готовившимся для похода в полярные области с первого класса. Множество сильных людей пыталось покорить неизведанные земли, но эта небольшая книга дает понимание о сочетании физической подготовки и внимательного, прагматичного ума. Амундсен - железный человек, про него должны делать комиксы. В месте, где Амундсен и другие члены экспедиции на гидропланах с помощью ножа очищают от льда 30 м взлетной поло ...more
Azhriaz
საბოლოოდ დავრწმუნდი რომ ავტობიოგრაფიების კითხვა არ მიყვარს დიდად. თუ თან სხვა მასალებსაც არ გაეცანი, ერთი მხრიდან გიწევს შეხედვა ყველაფერზე და მთლიან სურათს ვერ იღებ. რა დავიჯერო და რა არა არ ვიცი ხოლმე :დ ამ კონკრეტულ წიგნთან კიდე ის პრობლემა მაქვს რომ ძალიან ფრაგმენტული იყო. ზოგ მონაკვეთზე კიდე ისე ჩაიციკლა რომ ჯობდა მთელი წიგნი მაგისთვის მიეძღვნა. საწყალი ძაღლები კიდე :'( რუკებიც რომ ჰქონოდა წიგნს კაი იქნებოდა ისე.
ნუ საბოლოო ჯამში მაინც მომეწონა, იმიტომ რომ მაინტერესებდა ეს ადამიანი და ზოგად
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George Farrants
I read the first Norwegian edition which contains details of the Nobile conflict. (It was toned down in later editions.) Fascinating.
Moneta
I wanted to learn more about Amundsen because he was such a successful polar explorer and yet is often overshadowed. Towards the end of his book he makes the distinction between "adventure" and "exploration" stating that "...an adventure is merely a bit of bad planning..."
Edwin
Gave it as a present. Didn't read all of it but what I did read looked interesting.
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A polar explorer at the turn of the late 19th century.

Amundsen led the first expedition to successfully traverse the Northwest Passage and he was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles.


More about Roald Amundsen...
South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the 'Fram', 1910-12 Race to the South Pole (The Great Adventures) Roald Amundsen's "The North West Passage"; Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Gja" 1903-1907 The South Pole, Volume 2 The South Pole, Volume 1

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