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The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

Author(s): Shapiro, Laurie Gwen

Copyright: 2017, US
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.239, 37 bw photos, blue cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? There wouldn’t be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before Richard Byrd's Antarctic Expedition (1928-30) flagship set off, Billy Gawronski — a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business — jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.

Could he get away with it?

From the soda shops of New York’s Lower East Side to the dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and deadly freeze, Shapiro’s The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a plucky young stowaway who became a Jazz Age celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps era.





















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