Throw Out Two Hands

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This wonderful book, which contains many colour photographs, is a vivid experience about the beauty of the African continent seen from above, floating in a hot - air balloon.

Caractéristiques

Finitions Cartonné ( reliure à dos rond )
Particularités Exemplaire dédié, Jaquette abîmée
État Acceptable
Nb. de pages 272
Année d'édition 1963
Langue(s) Anglais
Format 16 x 22 x 3 cm

Description

To float over the great continent of Africa in a balloon, to observe the massive herds of wild life below, to explore the uses of such a superb vantage point, was the dream, but the stuff that dreams are made of rarely resembles reality. Travel by balloon has the perfection of complete silence and a sense of involvement in the atmosphere in which the balloonist rides, while the African land mass, with its huge lakes and forests, and thousands upon thousands of big game, was plainly the supreme region for such an adventure.

 

( ... ) The author and his companions realized their dreams - but only just. Hazards hit them with fearful regularity. Ropes snapped, thunderclouds loomed, storms blew, sudden downpours came with their renowned African swiftness.

 

( ... ) This book is packed with anecdotes and excitement, with a strong affection for the animals and the land they live in, with all the joys and perils of resuscitating " that superb creation of man's inventiveness - the balloon ",... ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Anthony Smith

Anthony John Francis Smith ( March 30th, 1926 - July 7th, 2014 ) was born in Taplow ( Buckinghamshire, England ). 


Anthony Smith read zoology at Balliol College, Oxford ( Oxforshire, England ), became a pilot in the R.A.F. and went on to write as a science correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He also worked extensively in both television and radio, writing for several natural history programmes. 


Anthony Smith's first expedition was to Persia ( present - day Iran ), exploring the Qanat underground irrigation tunnels. This expedition was documented in his book Blind White Fish in Persia ; a species of fish that he discovered and is named after him. 


In 1962, he led " The Sunday Telegraph Balloon Safari " expedition, flying a hydrogen balloon from Zanzibar to East Africa, and then across the Ngorongoro crater ( Tanzania, documented in Throw Out Two Hands ). The following year, he became the first Briton to cross the Alps in a balloon. 


In the late 1990's, Anthony Smith was instrumental in securing an exhibit for the Imperial War Museum ( London, England ). The " Jolly Boat ", a small lifeboat launched from the SS Anglo Saxon on August 21st, 1940, after its sinking by the German auxiliary cruiser " Widder " ( Schiff 21, Raider D ). Anthony Smith, personally interested in the story of the lifeboat, secured its return in 1997, after which it was restored for display in 1998. 


He continued both travelling and writing well into his later years whilst residing in London. 


( source : Wikipedia )

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