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Download Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island epub

by Thor Heyerdahl

Download Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island epub
ISBN: 0671771396
ISBN13: 978-0671771393
Category: History
Subcategory: Australia & Oceania
Author: Thor Heyerdahl
Language: English
Publisher: Pocket Books; 2nd Printing edition (1960)
ePUB size: 1298 kb
FB2 size: 1902 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 118
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Aku-Aku tells of Heyerdahl's expedition to investigate the mysteries of Easter Island. It does give insight into the Island's fascinating history but unfortunately is also used as a base for Heyerdahl to do some of his own horn-blowing. While I'll admit that his dealings with the Easter Island natives does have some importance, it feels as if he's overplaying his part in this. One point that shows up makes me glad he did interact as he did, for he was able to preserve a book of rongo-rongo writing for posterity, inasmuch as the book vanished with its owner. I was also pleased to learn that he granted a favor to the local priest, Father Sebastian, and excavated a site that proved a legend to be actual fact.
Aku-Aku is an interesting read, and I do recommend it. In a way, I suppose Heyerdahl is entitled to do a little horn blowing, because he did, in fact, uncover some very interesting items. As someone later observed, Heyerdahl's theory was inaccurate, but not entirely.
Great background about the island. I visited after reading the book. We'll written and engaging.
This book has much information for the avid Easter Island fan, including pictures! However, it is an older book, but still interesting!
Read it in 1969 and enjoyed it again in 2015, in planning for a 2016 visit to Easter Island.
All of his books are great, one of the bravest men ever
A fun, fun book about serious archeology in a very odd land
Excellent story , book was in very good condition .
I am fascinated with cultures and how they have changed over the years. This is a fascinating account of how "white people" were first exposed to the ancient rituals and culture of Easter Island. The methods used by the author to get information from the people and the amount of artifacts he removed is amazing...very different from methods used to study cultures today. But without them, much would have been lost. So who's to say Thor Heyerdal's methods were not good ones?