09 October 2008

The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake review by Denis Minev

The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake: With Seamaster and blakexpeditions from Antarctica to the Amazon : Sir Peter Blake's Logbooks
by Peter
Edition: Hardcover
Availability: In Stock

 
4.0 out of 5 stars LOGBOOKS OF A GREAT ADVENTURER IN HIS LAST ADVENTUREAugust 5, 2006
Sir Peter Blake was a great adventurer and seaman. He was part of the team that won the America's Cup in 1995 and lead the defense of the title in 2000 for New Zealand, where he is a national hero. 

This book is a celebration of his long and successful career sailing the world. In this last expedition, he goes from Antarctica to the Amazon, going all the way up the Casiquiare, teh legendary canal discovered by Alexander von Humboldt that connects the Negro with the Orinoco rivers. Throughout the books provides a glimpse of local history, with a special emphasis on environmental issues, which were very much on Blake's agenda in this voyage. His journals show a very deep concern for the future of both Antarctica and the Amazon, as tremendously different but similarly delicate regions. 

The book is in hard cover format and has lots of pictures taken throughout the trip, which provide the reader with a visula context of the logbook. It is a sad story because it ends up in Peter's demise, attacked by pirates at the mouth of the Amazon, yet it stands as a tribute to a great sportsman and environmental leader.
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