SIR HUBERT WILKINS: His World of Adventure by Lowell-Ed. Thomas

SIR HUBERT WILKINS: His World of Adventure

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lowell Thomas lets the late, famed Arctic explorer and world adventurer tell his story in his own words. It is a wise decision, for the story is so rich and exciting it needs little heightening and commentary. Wilkins, a South Australian who later, in 1931, became one of the first men to fly across the Arctic, had a life rivalling fiction. A stowaway to Africa, he was kidnapped by gun runners, later worked as a pioneer movie cameraman in the Balkan's War. His story then takes him to the Arctic with Stefansson, then into the heat of World War I as a military observer and photographer. His later adventures---world flight in the Graf Zeppelin, Arctic submarining and flying--keep up the pace. Wilkins, whose ashes were buried at the North Pole by the crew atomic submarine Skate in 1959, left a widow who adds notations and comments at the end of the story. The book creates the portrait of the adventuring kind of man who may soon vanish from the earth.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1961
Publisher: McGraw-Hill