In the late 1930s, Thor Heyerdahl left his home in Norway and set off with his new wife for paradise. Fulfilling a long-held ambition to return to nature, the couple sought, and to a degree found, a natural and unspoiled world on the remote island of Fatu-Hiva in the South Pacific. Based on his original journals, Heyerdahl's documentary account ...Read MoreIn the late 1930s, Thor Heyerdahl left his home in Norway and set off with his new wife for paradise. Fulfilling a long-held ambition to return to nature, the couple sought, and to a degree found, a natural and unspoiled world on the remote island of Fatu-Hiva in the South Pacific. Based on his original journals, Heyerdahl's documentary account charts how the dreams of a lifetime were transformed into a magical year of hope, excitement and unexpected danger. A timeless story of love and adventure, GREEN WAS THE EARTH...is also an impassioned plea for the preservation of the cities and the seas against the tide of pollution and the pursuit of profit, ideas and beliefs, a cry which would shape one man's life and the environmental concerns of successive generations. Powerful and poignant, GREEN WAS THE EARTH ON THE SEVENTH DAY is a very special kind of autobiography.Read Less
B&W era photo section. New in As New jacket. Book CONDITION: UNREAD 1996 Random House hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, second printing. Light edge wear (shelf wear) to DJ top edge. B&W era photo section. Summation of the great archaeologist's career. CONTENT: The bestselling author of Kon-Tiki and Aku-Aku set out for the far Pacific and a place where he could throw his watch away and meet nature in its purest form. It was the start of many journeys to prove that ancient man had traveled far and wide, and was far more daring, sophisticated, and wise than had been thought. In the mid-'30s, Heyerdahl and his bride, Liv, embarked on a year-long project to study local animals on an oceanic island to find out how they got there. The Heyerdahls selected Fatu-Hiva in the Marquesas; it was lightly populated and so remote that there was no regular ship service. They wanted to be totally independent of civilization and to live off the land; their only human-made products were an iron pot and a long-handled machete. Heyerdahl gives an engaging account of their adventures and their relations with the island's inhabitants. An elderly man who remembered the practice of cannibalism told of a tradition that the island had been settled by people from the east. Heyerdahl had noticed that many of the edible plants? pineapple, papaya, sweet potato? were native to South and Central America. Those discoveries launched him on his epic voyages (Kon-Tiki, Aku-Aku) tracing early human migrations and the theory that the diffusion of humans is linked to the spread of cultivated plants. In the final chapters, Heyerdahl makes a plea for saving Earth and its waters.
New in New jacket. BRAND NEW Copy. Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) is known for his Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 4, 300 miles by raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. This volume recounts time spent on Fatu Hiva in the Pacific, and side trips to Hivaoa and Mohotani---an early trip a young Heyerdahl, fresh out of college, took with his new bride. The narrative draws on journals kept during their travels.
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