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Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before that he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that he was a rock-and-roll musician. He has published nine other books—two memoirs, two collections of essays, three biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting—most of which first appeared in The New Yorker. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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The Ice Balloon
S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $15.95

In 1897, at the height of the heroic age of Arctic exploration, the visionary Swedish explorer S. A. Andrée made a revolutionary attempt to discover the North Pole by flying over it in a hydrogen balloon. Thirty-three years later, his expedition diaries and papers would be discovered on the ice.

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The Ice Balloon
S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Protest Singer
An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $15.00

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger, and his life and his accomplishments.

Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look... Read more >
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The Protest Singer
An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $22.95

A true American original is brought to life in this rich and lively portrait of Pete Seeger, who, with his musical grace and inextinguishable passion for social justice, transformed folk singing into a high form of peaceful protest in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on his extensive talks... Read more >
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The Protest Singer

Written by Alec Wilkinson


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $9.99

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