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The stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

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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? There wouldn't be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon. Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning's every stage. And then, the night before the expedition's flagship set off, Billy Gawronski--a mischievous, 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 soda shops of New York's Lower East Side to the 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 plucky young stowaway who became a Jazz Age celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps era.
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subject_facet Adventure and adventurers -- Antarctica -- Biography, Antarctica -- Description and travel, Biographies, Gawronski, Billy, -- 1910-1981 -- Travel -- Antarctica, Ocean travel -- History -- 20th century, Stowaways -- Antarctica -- Biography, Teenage boys -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography, Travel writing, True adventure stories
title_display The stowaway : a young man's extraordinary adventure to Antarctica
title_full The Stowaway A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica, The stowaway : a young man's extraordinary adventure to Antarctica / Laurie Gwen Shapiro
title_short The stowaway :
title_sub A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
topic_facet Adventure and adventurers, Biography & Autobiography, Description and travel, Gawronski, Billy, History, Nonfiction, Ocean travel, Stowaways, Teenage boys, Travel