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The Last Explorer : Hubert Wilkins : Australia's Unknown Hero - Simon Nasht

The Last Explorer : Hubert Wilkins : Australia's Unknown Hero

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Hubert Wilkins was truly the last - and one of the greatest - explorers. And now his story is in B format.

Born in South Australia, he spent most of his life out of the country - but always remained an Australian.

He travelled through every continent, and was a pioneer of aviation.

He survived crashes and disasters, firing squads and sabotage, living long enough to be honoured by kings, presidents and dictators.

He was a front-line photographer in World War I - and was twice decorated. He took the first ever film of battle, and took the first moving images from an aircraft.

He was the first man to fly across the Arctic Ocean, the first to fly in the Antarctic - and the first to fly from America to Europe across the then unknown Arctic (the New York Times called this 'the greatest flight in history').

In the 1930s he spent several years travelling in western Queensland and the Northern Territory ' where many of his observations and views were ahead of their time. In the later years of his life, he did work for the US military and intelligence - and in 1958 was buried at sea at the North Pole by the US Navy.

About the author:
Simon Nasht has worked as a journalist in newspapers, and on radio and TV, and most recently has worked as a documentary maker in Europe and Australia.

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4.0

For the adventurers at heart!!!

By Mainie

from Sydney

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Pros

  • Easy To Understand
  • Historical Value
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about The Last Explorer : Hubert Wilkins : Australia's Unknown Hero:

    How many Australians know who Hubert Wilkins was??? This should be in every australian's library and in particular that of every school.

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    5.0

    Powerful, moving and very inspiring!

    By Nina

    from Sydney

    About Me Everyday Reader

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Inspirational
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Reference
      • Travel Reading
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Last Explorer : Hubert Wilkins : Australia's Unknown Hero:

      This book should be read by every Australian. He is truly a forgotten hero of the noblest sort. Inspiring and mind-blowing on every level, I was moved to tears in several chapters. Please discover Sir Wilkins; Simon Nascht is an incredible biographer.

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      'A superb book every Australian should read it.' [Dick Smith]

      ISBN: 9780733622427
      ISBN-10: 0733622429
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 368
      Published: July 2007
      Publisher: Hachette Australia
      Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 2.5
      Weight (kg): 0.33
      Edition Number: 1