By Richard E. Byrd

ISBN-10: 1559634634

ISBN-13: 9781559634632

ISBN-10: 1597268917

ISBN-13: 9781597268912

While Admiral Richard E. Byrd set out on his moment Antarctic day trip in 1934, he was once already a world hero for having piloted the 1st flights over the North and South Poles. His plan for this most recent event used to be to spend six months on my own close to the ground of the area, accumulating climate information and indulging his hope “to style peace and quiet lengthy adequate to understand how strong they truly are.” yet early on issues went extraordinarily fallacious. remoted within the pervasive polar evening with out wish of unlock till spring, Byrd started affliction inexplicable indicators of psychological and actual disorder. by the point he came upon that carbon monoxide from a faulty stovepipe used to be poisoning him, Byrd was once already engaged in a enormous fight to save lots of his existence and shield his sanity.

When on my own used to be first released in 1938, it turned a major bestseller. This version retains alive Byrd’s unforgettable narrative for brand spanking new generations of readers.

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About twenty-four miles south of Little America two cars narrowly escaped disaster in an unsuspected crevassed region; and about fifty miles out in a bowl-like depression named the Valley of Crevasses the party was compelled to take a long detour eastward to avoid blind crevasses whose roofs had been strong enough to pass Innes-Taylor’s dog teams, but not the heavily loaded machines. On this jog, sixty-seven miles out of Little America, the Cletrac gave out entirely: a crankshaft pin, made brittle by the cold, sheared off; and, the necessary repairs being beyond the party’s resources, the machine was abandoned.

It is, in effect, an enormous glacier, wide enough to blanket the Atlantic seaboard States, and, like a glacier, it is forever creeping toward the sea. Propelled from behind by the massive rivers of ice pouring down through the mountain passes from the polar plateau, the coastal edges tend to bulge out over the sea, until the sheer weight of the projecting shelf or the violent pressures of tide and storm cause great strips to break off. In this way the vast fleets of icebergs which patrol the ocean approaches to Antarctica are created.

That, I decided, was far enough. Let Advance Base be planted alongside this depot at Latitude 80° 08′ South, Longitude 163° 57′ West, just a hairsbreadth off the Little America meridian. The distance was sufficient, the meteorologists decided, to permit satisfactory correlations. June was instructed to retrace his tracks and pick up the remnants of the Cletrac’s load in the morning. The temperature where he was dropped meanwhile to 52° below zero. That night, between the hours June arrived at, and went from, Latitude 80° 08′ South, I made my decision.

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