Sunday 18 December 2011

Hubert Who? The incredible life of unsung adventurer Hubert Wilkins.

War hero. Polar explorer. Spy.

Malcolm Andrews 

Published by Harper Collins [link]

Product Details
ISBN: 9780733323003
ISBN 10: 0733323006
Imprint: ABC Books - AU
On Sale: 01/09/2011
Pages: 304
List Price: 32.99 AUD
BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / Biography: general

The amazing life of Sir Hubert Wilkins, Australia’s greatest unsung hero.

He shot the world’s first movie footage from an aircraft (while strapped to its fuselage); and was the first to fly over both polar icecaps. He was the only member of the media ever to win medals for gallantry, during World War I; the first man to attempt to take a submarine under the North Pole; a spy for the British in Soviet Russia and the Americans in the Far East; and an enlightened friend to Aboriginal people in outback Australia. Yet this South Australian farm boy is barely acknowledged in his homeland.

Explorer, pioneer aviator, war photographer, naturalist, meteorologist, student of the paranormal, secret agent and the last man from the West to meet with Lenin … Sir Hubert Wilkins’ life was an amazing adventure, packed with exciting and extraordinary experiences.

How can a man who achieved so much be so little remembered?

Malcolm Andrews has breathed life into the exploits of this remarkable yet humble adventurer, creating a gripping tale that resoundingly answers the question: ‘Hubert who?’ So set your compass north and it’s chocks away — for the incredible true story of one of history’s most heroic personalities ...

‘The bravest man I have ever seen ... Australia’s counterpart to Lawrence of Arabia’
— General Sir John Monash

Malcolm Andrews is an author and journalist with 50 years experience in Australia and overseas. He is the author of 27 books, including The Fabulous Fairstar and From Russia with Gloves, boxing champ Kostya Tszyu’s ghosted autobiography.

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