- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: EBURY AUSTRALIA; 1 edition (31 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925324990
- ISBN-13: 978-1925324990
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
- Customer Reviews: 3 customer ratings
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The Last Great Australian Adventurer: Ben Carlin's epic journey around the world by amphibious Jeep. Paperback – 31 July 2017
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The extraordinary adventure story of Ben Carlin, who circled the world, over land and sea, in his rusting amphibious jeep.
About the Author
Gordon Bass grew up in Texas but spent his childhood summers on excavations led by his father, George F. Bass, called the 'Indiana Jones of underwater archaeology' by TIME magazine. Living on remote parts of the Turkish Mediterranean coast sparked an early fascination with the intersection of adventure, history and technology. Gordon later discovered that his father?s career had been influenced by meeting an extraordinary Australian adventurer named Ben Carlin when he was just 14 years old. But who was Ben Carlin? In his first book, Gordon sets out to learn more about the Perth native who in 1948 embarked on an audacious attempt to circle the world in a surplus amphibious army jeep. Carlin achieved brief fame in the 1950s but was forgotten by the world long before his journey was over. Why did Ben vanish from the public eye? What happened next? And what was his connection to Gordon?s family? For the past 20 years Gordon has worked as a writer, editor and creative director for magazines, media brands and companies ranging from Maxim, Men's Journal and Wired to Amazon and Time Inc. In 2013 he optioned a scripted television series to AMC, home to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. In addition to his work as a writer and editor, Gordon is an executive producer of the 2016 record Dirty Wonder by singer-songwriter K Phillips, who has toured in support of Counting Crows and Rob Thomas. Gordon has served as a director and communications chair of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, which his father founded in 1975. Along the way he has also bartended in Japan and taught English in Turkey. He lives outside New York City with children's book author Jennifer Vogel Bass and their two boys.
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I first read about Ben Carlin in Hell on High Seas: Amazing Stories of Survival Against the Odds by Rob Mundle. I had to know more and so I read Half-Safe by James Nestor. Next I found and read HALF-SAFE - Across the Atlantic by Jeep and THE OTHER HALF OF HALF-SAFE - Around the World by Amphibious Jeep, both by Ben Carlin. Those two can be hard to find. Still not satisfied, I read ONCE A FOOL - From Japan to Alaska by Amphibious Jeep! by Boye Lafayette De Mente, the first book that really gave me some insight into Ben Carlin. So after that, I was very happy to find this book. It's the best of the lot. Well-researched and well-written, and with very few mistakes if any, this book was a pleasure to read and extremely interesting. Much more detail in the people and the adventure, but always interesting and never boring. And it cleared up several discrepancies I found among the other books. Anyone who likes true adventure stories should read this book.
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