The Stowaway

The Stowaway

A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

Book - 2018
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The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York's Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties' most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet's final frontier? This was the moon landing before the 1960s. Everyone wanted to join the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning's every stage. The night before the expedition's flagship launched, Billy Gawronski--a skinny, first generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business--jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard. Could he get away with it? From the grimy streets of New York's Lower East Side to the rowdy dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica's blinding white and deadly freeze, Laurie Gwen Shapiro's The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a gutsy young stowaway who became an international celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps age.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476753867
1476753865
Branch Call Number: 919.8904 SHA NVD
Characteristics: 239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

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becker
Feb 21, 2019

I enjoyed the time and setting of this book. It was a snapshot of a brief time in American history and it was interesting to see what the news and the thoughts of that time were. Yet for the most part this book just didn't work for me. As a biography I found it dull and as an adventure story, it was a failure.

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lilypad_1
Apr 07, 2018

Good adventure story, not exciting every minute but does show it takes persistence to achieve goals and this immigrant's son is achievements are remarkable. It is a little wordy but worth the short detours to Antarctica!

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