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Nansen
Roland Huntford

Classification : Biography & Memoir
Pub Date : Dec 06, 2001
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 768
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349114927
Price : 999

About the book

Behind the great polar explorers of the early twentieth century - Amundsen, Shackleton, Scott in the South and Peary in the North - looms the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), the mentor of them all. He was the father of modern polar exploration, the last act of territorial discovery before the leap into space began.


Nansen was a prime illustration of Carlyle's dictum that 'the history of the world is but the biography of great men'. He was not merely a pioneer in the wildly diverse fields of oceanography and skiing, but one of the founders of neurology. A restless, unquiet Faustian spirit, Nansen was a Renaissance Man born out of his time into the new Norway of Ibsen and Grieg. He was an artist and historian, a diplomat who had dealings with Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin, and played a part in the Versailles Peace Conference, where he helped the Americans in their efforts to contain the Bolsheviks. He also undertook famine relief in Russia. Finally, working for the League of Nations as both High Commissioner for Refugees and High Commissioner for the Repatriation of Prisoners of War, he became the first of the modern media-conscious international civil servants.husbands that cheat my husband cheated my boyfriend cheated on me with a guy


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Roland Huntford has captured something of the restless romantic within. It is an accomplished biography at every level
It is a book which takes us outward through the life of another and from there inward into our own. What more can you ask of a biography?>
[Huntford's] NANSEN has been longawaited. It is a triumph ... a hugely satisfying biography>
[NANSEN] is a rare thing, a work of immense scholarship blazing with insight..
     
Roland Huntford
Roland Huntford is the author of SCOTT AND AMUNDSEN, which was televised as THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH and republished under that name. For many years he was the OBSERVER's correspondent in Scandinavia,...(+)
Books by Roland Huntford
Scott and Amundsen (PB)
Shackleton (PB)