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In the late 1930s, Thor Heyerdahl left his home in Norway and set off with his new wife for paradise. Fulfilling a long-held ambition to return to nature, the couple sought, and to a degree found, a natural and unspoiled world on the remote island of Fatu-Hiva in the South Pacific. Based on his original journals, Heyerdahl's documentary account charts how the dreams of a lifetime were transformed into a year of hope, excitement and unexpected danger. A story of love and adventure, the autobiography is also an impassioned plea for the preservation of the Earth against the tide of pollution and the pursuit of profit - ideas and beliefs which would shape one man's life and the environmental concerns of successive generations.
Thor Heyerdahl was educated as a biologist, he subsequently turned to anthropology. A prodigious explorer, he gained world fame in 1947 when he sailed a balsa wood raft from Peru to Polynesia. He was President Gorbachev's personal adviser on environmental issues.