This is fascinating reading and quite different from any other ""flight"" book I have chanced to read. The story of the flight across the Pole of the three Soviet fliers. Detailed, personal, human, written with flashes of humor and with the adventure spirit and enthusiasm that made the flight possible. He starts with the preparation and the uncertainty as to whether the flight would be sanctioned by Stalin; the take-off; the long hours of the flight itself, waging intermittent warfare against the forces of ice and storm. Very detailed, and not a dull moment in it.