The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen
by Bown, Stephen R.
Bown’s detailed, well-researched and enjoyable biography presents a vivid picture of the first explorer to reach the South Pole and the first to traverse the Northwest Passage. Larger than life, Amundsen was a meticulous planner and organizer. By seeking and taking the advice of indigenous peoples skilled in arctic survival, he avoided the deadly outcomes that so often occurred to explorers of the the world’s most desolate regions.