Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing Hardcover – Nov 29 2008
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Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. He is the author of the award-winning Two Planks and a Passion: the Dramatic History of Skiing and Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth and he is the biographer of Shackleton and Nansen. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.
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This is a book basically about skiing and how it started, how the equipment evolved and there is only one chapter on post-WWII skiing. I'm sure it's fantastically researched but, honestly, it's like reading a book on the history of hockey and learning about the game up till the NHL starts. It's great if you're into that. I'm not so I felt the book just wasn't for me.
Now, if anyone knows of a book, profiling the greats of the World Cup ski circuits (Alpine, cross-country and ski jumping), please tell me.
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The portion of history that is covered is thorough and well researched with notes and a full bibliography. It's obvious the author spent a lot of time doing research to make sure the information is correct. I love learning as much as possible about skiing, and I really enjoyed this book.
As much as I enjoyed it, I only gave the book 4 stars because the writing style is a little boring, and that made it a slow read.