“This is a brilliant, beautifully written testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. The book tells Earl de Blonville’s own story as the leader of Australia’s first expedition to the Arctic in 1985-86. It illustrates the power of one man’s vision and the courage of the author and his men to rise above extreme adversity to carry it out. But if you are looking for a recipe book on leadership you won’t find it here. Earl has crafted a multi-layered narrative, splicing together self-critical—at times hilarious—reflections on his own leadership with the excitement, vitality and extreme danger of young men kayaking and sailing in wild seas of Arctic ice. It offers rare glimpses into the extraordinary weight of responsibility he shouldered together with a boatload of philosophical nuggets. Yet what most inspired me to read on was a barely articulated compassion for humanity and growing wisdom that infused Earl’s decisions and actions, shaping his leadership character as he journeyed. This book should appeal to anyone seeking to chart a course for themselves or their organization in the rapidly changing uncharted landscape and uncertain futures of our fragile planet. This inspiring true story has the mythical power of an archetypal ‘hero’s journey’ – a 21st century Odyssey. Given the high incidence of suicide and violence among young Australian males, Earl offers an inspiring role model—so urgently needed today. This book should be recommended reading on the new Australian National High School Curriculum and in youth detention centres, globally.”
Professor Jennifer M Gidley PhD.
President. World Futures Studies Federation (UNESCO Partner)