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Wilkinson, Alec 1952-

Overview
Works: 30 works in 101 publications in 4 languages and 6,503 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Cookbooks  Case studies  History  Documentary films  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: ML420.S445, B
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Most widely held works about Alec Wilkinson
 
Most widely held works by Alec Wilkinson
The ice balloon : S.A. Andrée and the heroic age of Arctic exploration by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the dramatic 1897 flight of a visionary Swedish explorer who attempted to discover the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon, describing the formidable environmental conditions that challenged his efforts
The protest singer : an intimate portrait of Pete Seeger by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: 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 with Seeger, New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson lets us experience the man's unique blend of independence and commitment, charm, courage, energy, and belief in human equality and American democracy. We see Seeger instilled with a love of music by his parents, both classically trained musicians; as a teenager, hearing real folk music for the first time; and as a young man, singing with Woody Guthrie and with the Weavers. We learn of his harassment by the government for his political beliefs and his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1949. And we follow his engagement with civil rights, the peace movement, and the environment-especially his work saving the Hudson River and building the ship Clearwater. He talks ardently about his own music and that of others, and about the power of music to connect people and bind them to a cause. Finally, we meet Toshi, his wife of nearly sixty years, and members of his family, at the house he built on a mountainside in upstate New York. The Protest Singer is as spirited and captivating as its subject-an American icon, celebrating his ninetieth birthday
Moonshine : a life in pursuit of white liquor by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Big sugar : seasons in the cane fields of Florida by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A violent act by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

5 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Would twice again commit murder. By nightfall he would be the most sought-after criminal at large in America. Bringing us close to Jackson, his world, and his victims, Alec Wilkinson carries crime reportage to a new level in a book that combines the pace, range, and intricacy of a novel with scrupulously authentic fact as it tells a riveting story that is profoundly emblematic of American violence, with its great burden of grief. We follow Jackson from the moment of the
The happiest man in the world : an account of the life of Poppa Neutrino by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Pearlman, 74, is a restless and migratory soul, a mariner, a musician, a member of the Explorers Club and a friend of the San Francisco Beats, a former preacher and sign painter, a polymath, a pauper, and a football strategist for the Red Mesa Redskins of the Navajo Nation. When he recovered from a near-fatal illness at 50, he felt so different that he decided he needed a new name, and began calling himself Poppa Neutrino. He believes that each person, to be truly happy, must define his or her three deepest desires and pursue them remorselessly. Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl, Neutrino is the only man ever to build a raft from garbage he found on the streets of New York and sail it across the North Atlantic. Meanwhile, he invented an unstoppable football play, which one coach describes as being as innovative as the forward pass.--From publisher description
Midnights, a year with the Wellfleet police by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

4 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The riverkeeper by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the stories of Americans who work as the water -- commercial fishermen in the North Atlantic; environmentalists on the Hudson, and Indians in the Pacific off Alaska
Mr. Apology and other essays by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr Apology and Other Essays is a miscellany of misfits, cranks, daredevils, nuts, eccentrics, and lone wolves. From a piece on a Romanian cab driver who intends to cross the Bering Strait in his taxi to a celebration of two renowned hockey fighters, from Ry Cooder's collaboration with Cuban musicians in 1996 (which resulted in the acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club) to a behind-the-scenes look at a Rolling Stones dinner party in 1983, Wilkinson brings to these pieces an intelligence and a compassion that tap our deepest sense of humanity. The breadth of these essays is rare; with the same sensitivity and insight, Wilkinson explores Paul Simon's writer's block as well as the puzzling epidemic of blindness that afflicted 150 Cambodian women, refugees from the Khmer Rouge. In the title piece, Wilkinson describes the experience of a New York City artist who invites people to call and leave an apology -- any kind of apology, for anything -- on his answering machine. When one caller seems to divulge a deadly secret, the line becomes a complicated vehicle for both confession and delusion. Alec Wilkinson's place in American writing, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, is among "the first rank of literary journalists ... One is reminded of Naipaul, Mailer, and Agee." Entertaining, revelatory, and exemplary in their craftsmanship, these are essays to ponder, to learn from, to be appalled and inspired by. Wilkinson displays the art of the essay at its finest
The ice balloon : S.A. Andrée and the heroic age of Arctic exploration by Alec Wilkinson( )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this grand and astonishing account Alec Wilkinson brings us the story of S A Andrée the visionary Swedish aeronaut who in 1897 during the great age of Arctic endeavor left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. Called by a British military officer the most original and remarkable attempt ever made in Arctic exploration Andrée's expedition was followed by nearly the entire world and it made him an international legend. Ice Balloon begins in the late nineteenth century when nations vied for the greatest discoveries and newspapers covered every journey. Wilkinson describes how in Andrée several contemporary themes intersected. He was the first modern explorer and the first to depart for the Arctic unencumbered by notions of the romantic age and the first to be equipped with the newest technologies, but no explorer had ever left with more uncertainty regarding his fate since none had ever flown over the horizon and into the forbidding region of ice
The ice balloon : [S.A. Andrě and the heroic age of arctic exploration] by Alec Wilkinson( Recording )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this grand and astonishing account, Alec Wilkinson brings us the story of S.A. Andrée, the visionary Swedish aeronaut who, in 1897, during the great age of Arctic endeavor, left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. Called by a British military officer "the most original and remarkable attempt ever made in Arctic exploration," Andrée's expedition was followed by nearly the entire world, and it made him an international legend
One man's dramatic attempt to discover the North Pole by balloon by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1897 S.A. Andree set off in a balloon to discover the North Pole, one of the last unmapped places on Earth. The world watched as he ascended above the Arctic. Then he vanished, the first person to disappear into the air
Random lunacy : videos from the road less traveled( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follow Poppa Neutrino with his extended family as he invents his life as he lives it. Poppa believes that each person, to be truly happy, must define his or her three deepest desires and pursue them remorselessly. Uses Poppa's own videos interspersed with interviews with members of his tribe and of his biographer, Alec Wilkinson
A violent act by Alec Wilkinson( Recording )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the morning of September 22, 1986, Mike Wayne Jackson, forty, shot and killed Tom Gahl, his probation officer. Within eight hours, Jackson gunned down two more people and made the FBI's Most Wanted List. Wilkinson looks at those whose lives have been altered forever by acts of violence, especially those affected by Jackson's savage behaviour, including Nancy Gahl, the probation officer's wife, and her two children. Violence. 1992
Tattooed angel : paintings & sculpture by Robert Kobayashi : 19 June-14 August 1988 by Robert Kobayashi( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moonshine : a life in pursuit of white liquor by Alec Wilkinson( Recording )

2 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a modern day revenuer, Garland Bunting, in pursuit of the illegal white lightning produced in the North Carolina back country
Mr. Apology by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polarexpeditionen : Andrée och jakten på Nordpolen by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in Swedish and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this grand and astonishing tale, Alec Wilkinson brings us the story of S.A. Andr?e, the visionary Swedish aeronaut who, in 1897, during the great age of Arctic endeavor, left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. Called by a British military officer "the most original and remarkable attempt ever made in Arctic exploration," Andr?e's expedition was followed by nearly the entire world, and it made him an international legend. The Ice Balloon begins in the late nineteenth century, when nations, compelled by vanity, commerce, and science, competed with one another for the greatest discoveries, and newspapers covered every journey. Wilkinson describes how in Andr?e several contemporary themes intersected. He was the first modern explorer--the first to depart for the Arctic unencumbered by notions of the Romantic age, and the first to be equipped with the newest technologies. No explorer had ever left with more uncertainty regarding his fate, since none had ever flown over the horizon and into the forbidding region of ice. In addition to portraying the period, The Ice Balloon gives us a brief history of the exploration of the northern polar regions, both myth and fact, including detailed versions of the two record-setting expeditions just prior to Andr?e's--one led by U.S. Army lieutenant Adolphus Greely from Ellesmere Island; the other by Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian explorer who initially sought to reach the pole by embedding his ship in the pack ice and drifting toward it with the current. Woven throughout is Andr?e's own history, and how he came by his brave and singular idea. We also get to know Andr?e's family, the woman who loves him, and the two men who accompany him--Nils Strindberg, a cousin of the famous playwright, with a tender love affair of his own, and Knut Fraenkel, a willing and hearty young man. Andr?e's flight and the journey, based on the expedition's diaries and photographs, dramatically recovered thirty-three years after the balloon came down, along with Wilkinson's research, provide a book filled with suspense and adventure, a haunting story of high ambition and courage, made tangible with the detail, beauty, and devastating conditions of traveling and dwelling in "the realm of Death," as one Arctic explorer put it
Akt der Gewalt : vom Leid einer Frau, die die Folgen der Mordtaten eines mehrfach vorbestraften, drogensüchtigen Mannes tragen muss by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My mentor : a young man's friendship with William Maxwell by Alec Wilkinson( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At twenty-four, Alec Wilkinson decided that he wanted to write, so his father asked for the help of his closest friend, William Maxwell, widely regarded as one of the twentieth century's great American writers and an editor of fiction for forty years at The New Yorker. My Mentor is the story of a young man's education at the hands of a master and a heartbreaking meditation on the brave, graceful end of Maxwell's long and happy life - he died at ninety-one, in July 2000. Making use of biography, memoir, and essay, and writing in a lapidary but intimate voice, Wilkinson explores the deeply resonant friendship between the old man and the young one. His experience with Maxwell over the course of twenty-five years he takes as the occasion for a profound and moving reflection on writing, wisdom, fatherhood, love, courage, dignity, and the end that awaits us all."--Jacket
 
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The protest singer : an intimate portrait of Pete Seeger
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Moonshine : a life in pursuit of white liquorThe happiest man in the world : an account of the life of Poppa NeutrinoMidnights, a year with the Wellfleet policeMr. Apology and other essaysMr. ApologyMy mentor : a young man's friendship with William Maxwell
Alternative Names
Alec Wilkinson American journalist

Alec Wilkinson Amerikaans journalist

Languages
English (87)

Swedish (2)

German (1)

Dutch (1)