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The Last Viking

October 2012

"In chronicling Amundsen's career, Bown shows that it is ultimately an explorer's vision, not his or her business acumen or public relations skills, that makes incredible feats possible. For the armchair explorers among his readers, Bown offers a second, more poignant layer of insight into how the modern age has shaped our attitudes toward the unknown."

Canadian Geographic, Oct 1, 2012
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The Last Viking

The Last Viking

October 2012

"...a wonderful story, especially for armchair travelers. In addition to elements of high adventure...Amundsen's story has a heroic, larger-than-life scale."

Quill & Quire, Oct 1, 2012
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The Last Viking

October 2012

"A giant in the heroic age of exploration, the Norwegian Roald Amundsen was perhaps the greatest adventurer of them all..."

The Daily Beast, Oct 1, 2012
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The Last Viking

September 2012

"Alberta-based Bown likes to take on biographies that offer new insights into historical subjects. His Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer-showman, was a chap beloved by his men who literally put the North and South poles on the map. He draws on archival material translated to mark the 100th anniversary of Amundsen's reaching the South Pole in 1911."

Toronto Star, Sep 30, 2012
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The Last Viking

September 2012

"Bown gracefully weaves together these and other journalistic records, along with journals kept by Amundsen and his men, to paint a surprisingly intimate portrait of a complex, at times difficult, yet eminently admirable man."

Boston Globe, Sep 29, 2012
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The Last Viking

September 2012

"This work is a lovingly written tribute to one of humankind's greatest thrill-seekers."

We Love This Book (UK), Sep 20, 2012
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The Last Viking

September 2012

"As a description of an explorer's life [The Last Viking] is intelligent and often thrilling. Bown gives us an 'explorer-as-entertainer' who used skis, sleds, ships, and airships 'like an artist constantly changing mediums.'"

Sunday Times (UK), Sep 16, 2012
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The Last Viking

The Last Viking

August 2012

"Bown makes a compelling case that Amundsen deserves renewed recognition for his outstanding achievements."

Publishers Weekly, Aug 27, 2012
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The Last Viking

July 2012

"Bown delivers an intensely researched, thoroughly enjoyable life of one of history's best explorers. A superb biography of a fiercely driven explorer who traveled across the last inaccessible areas on earth before technical advances made the journey much easier." Starred

Kirkus Reviews, Jul 28, 2012
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