Rozell, Ned. Finding Mars. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 2011.
Finding Mars is the story of Kenji Yoshikawa, a wanderlust boy who became a scientist craving to know the world. Yoshikawa, a permafrost researchers at the University of Alaska, has shoved a rickshaw through the sands of the Sahara, yanked a sled he designed to the South Pole, and during ―the best time of (his) life spent a winter alone under the northern lights on a sailboat frozen in the ocean north of Alaska.
Finding Mars is the story about a man obsessed with the blank spots on a map and his quest to learn about them. His passion for discovery and adventure is evident as the reader vicariously travels to every continent anticipating the next adventure (or defeat).
Ned Rozell traveled on a nine hundred mile snow machine trip with Yoshikawa and gained a perspective few have of this remarkable researcher and human being. The engaging and accessible writing style makes this a must-read for armchair adventurers.