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Now a major motion picture, Kon-Tiki is the record of
Thor Heyerdahl’s astonishing three-month voyage across the
Pacific.

Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing
adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean
by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl
suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race
from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki.
He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.
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On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed
from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea,
encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land -- the
Polynesian island of Puka Puka.
Translated into sixty-five
languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage
-- a magnificent saga of men against the sea.
Washington
Square Press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world
literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of
Kon-Tiki has been prepared by an editorial committee headed by
Harry Shefter, professor of English at New York University. It includes a
foreword by the author, a selection of critical excerpts, notes, an
index, and a unique visual essay of the voyage.

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