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Epub ë The Last Viking A Merloyd Lawrence Book Download à Stephen r bown æ [Reading] ➶ The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) ➬ Stephen R Bown – Goproled.co.uk The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all thThe Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world In 1900 the four great geographical mysteries the Northwest Passage the Northeast Passage the South Pole and the North Pole remained blank spots on the globe Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes Renowned for his determination and technical skills both feared and beloved by his men Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology commerce and publicity FÃcd in his lifetime as an international celebrity pursued by women and creditors he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer Stephen R Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsen's life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World the exciting detail of The Endurance and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good stor I thoroughly enjoyed this biography on the larger than life Roald Amundsen Any individual that conuers not one nor two but three prestigious geographical prizes is truly an extraordinary individual and that is how he is portrayed I particularly enjoyed the author being as balanced as possible on the man’s traits doing his utmost to be balanced and provide a warts and all accountIf there were a criticism though not one I would accuse the author of it is that it is obvious they are a great admirer Amundsen Although this is probably obvious as they chose to write a book about him it does leave a few uestion marks around bias Personally I feel the author done a fantastic job

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The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world In 1900 the four great geographical mysteries the Northwest Passage the Northeast Passage the South Pole and the North Pole remained blank spots on the globe Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes Renowned for his determination and technical skills both feared and beloved by his men Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology commerce and publicity FÃcd in his lifetime as an international celebrity pursued by women and creditors he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer Stephen R Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsen's life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World the exciting detail of The Endurance and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good story Having just returned from Arctic Norway and been reminded of Amundsen's National Hero status carvings of him in ice hotel etc I realised I'd never read a biography of him separate from the Scott controversyrivalry so carefully nurtured over the years Having read a number of books on the protagonists and some original documents but not Roland Huntford's notorious book I was looking for a relatively unbiased biography and this seemed to fit the bill although reading the author's notes it is clear he was as is almost the norm since the book's publication heavily indebted to Huntford However he did his best given this and the fact that a biography of a man so deliberately private and devious made it hard to dig out anything much of personal interest Bown wrote clearly and lucidly about his background ; like Scott from a middle class mercantile family but unlike Scott's family a richer and successful one; Amundsen was privately educated well off and initially self funding His relationship with his brothers was not edifying and lack of anything detailed in the way of private correspondence precluded any real feeling for their dynamic apart from the final catastrophic bust up with his loyal effective managerbrother Leon The author was very good on Amundsen's approach to a career as a polar explorer covering his methods relentlessly single minded self training and the really astonishing amount of detailed planning and organisation he put into his expeditions particularly his controversial South Polar one I felt that statements the author made about his subject towards whom like most biographers he becomes partial and emotionally entangled were not born out by the subseuent stated facts I take issue with the statement that he was democratic; his very small personally chosen teams were rarely diluted by imposed personnel; in the main they were all of a similar backgroundclass apart from the jolly cook Lindstrom and there was no need to replicate the RN divisions Scott has been so often criticised for despite the fact that the bulk of his workforce were RN and would find it entirely normal and acceptable However Amundsen was always primus inter pares and went to great lengths to ensure he was in sole command and control and that his word was law He bore awesome grudges against any he perceived had gone against him It was interesting to note that although he paid lip service to scientific research being part of his expeditions for fund raising purposes he actually despised the science element and whenever possible dispensed with scientists and their multifarious euipmentI also take serious issue with the statement that he was such a wonderful judge of men Particularly in the latter part of his life he appeared to make some catastrophic choices of business partners and his co operation with the Fascist Nobile can hardly be described as prescient despite Bown tying himself in knots assuring us how much the Norwegians were against Mussolini et al Clearly personal ambition and desire to carry out lucrative trips meant that Amundsen would consort with almost anyone whatever the shadiness of their background if they were prepared to put up solid moneyI do wonder if Amundsen's impaired judgement in later life was a result of the stove poisoning incident it clearly affected his health uite severely and some of his worst judgements took place subseuentlyHowever no one can deny Amundsen his triumphs of planning and execution Reading how long he had prepared studied native tribes husky breeding and training sledge loading perfecting his snow skills and his meticulous laying out of depots it is entirely predictable that he would reach the South Pole well ahead of the Scott expedition with its cumbersome load of scientists euipment and personnel imposed as placemen for all the warring committee interestsI rather lost interest in the latter part of the book although saddened by Amundsen's obvious decline and falling out with his backers and above all his loyal brother Leon It is unsurprising that he was mainly involved with married women; this gave him some feminine interest with only a remote chance they would actually leave their husbands and prove a severe hindrance to such a single minded explorer who planned endless absences as a matter of course It was sad that his last amour seemed to offer the kind of companionship that might have worked We will never know Ultimately I felt unmoved by Amundsen the man recalling the old Civil War saw Right but Repulsive RoundheadsAmundsen v Wrong but Romantic Scott I found the book interesting rather than riveting and would really give it 35 stars

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The Last Viking The Life of Roald Amundsen A Merloyd Lawrence BookY The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world In 1900 the four great geographical mysteries the Northwest Passage the Northeast Passage the South Pole and the North Pole remained blank spots on the globe Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes Renowned for his determination and technical skills both feared and beloved by his men Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology commerce and publicity FÃcd in his lifetime as an international celebrity pursued by women and creditors he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer Stephen R Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsen's life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World the exciting detail of The Endurance and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good sto I was keen to learn about Amundsen and this book went some way towards this It was however difficult to extract actual dates and facts hidden away in the text This at least could have been easily solved by providing a timeline at the back of the book and some detailed annotated maps at the start of each sectionIt was very disappointing that the author should seem to rave about Roland Huntford and thus critical of Scott when Huntford’s book has long since been denigrated as being a piece of malignant sensationalist journalism and far from painting a realistic point of view of Scott see Ranulph Fiennes book for a far balanced accountThe book gives you some insight into Amundsen who was no doubt one of the great explorers but as I say it could have been so much better