The Twenty-one Balloons Author:William Pene du Bois Story of the most incredibly fabulous voyage around the world in the history of travel. Prof. W.Sherman left San Francisco on 8/15/1883 in a ballon with the intentoin of flying across the Pacific Ocean. He was picked up three weeks later in the Atlandtic ocean clinging to the wreckage of a platform which had been flown through the air by twenty ... more »baloons. his only stop between San Francisco and the Atlantic was a brief sojourn on the island of krakatoa, which blew up just after he left it in what is considered to be the most violent eruption of all time.
Telling of life on Krakatoa, and filled iwth the best of balloon inventions, more than half this book is based on scientific truths. The rest is absolute nonsense. The author has made no attempt whatsoever to separate the wto, feeling certain, after close association with the Professor, that this voyage was completely authentic, word for word, no matter how fantastic it may seem to the reader.« less