I started acquiring the books written by Admiral Byrd after reading that he named the Thomas Watson Escarpment in Antarctica after Thomas J. Watson Sr., the traditional founder of IBM. He also related a story about how Tom Watson had helped him acquire film from Eastman Kodak and then donated money for his second trip to Antarctica. This all happened at a time Admiral Byrd said was one of his lowest points in raising funds for the exploratory trip.
"Admiral Byrd dedicated his life to the exploration of those little known areas. He was the first man to fly over both the North and South Poles. His explorations charted more than two million square miles of territory, adding tremendously to the world’s scientific knowledge of the polar regions.”
If you want to read true, non-fiction stories of a great American pioneer, adventurer, and explorer, I recommend all of these books!
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.