ADVENTURE / TRAVEL

In the spring of 1957 Tokyo-based American journalist Boyé Lafayette De Mente joined Australian adventurer Ben Carlin on an amphibious jeep called “HALF-SAFE” (named after a deodorant slogan “Don’t Be Half-Safe!”) on a journey from Japan to Alaska via the North Pacific, the Bering Sea and Shelikof Strait—an incredible adventure that made the Guinness Book of World Records.

ONCE a FOOL!
From Japan to Alaska By Amphibious Jeep!

De Mente was working for The Japan Times when Carlin arrived in Japan. During an interview, Carlin invited De Mente to join him on the last leg of the amazing odyssey. Despite warnings from his friends and some unpleasant incidents with Carlin, De Mente agreed to join him on Half-Safe.

ONCE a FOOL! –From Japan to Alaska by Amphibious Jeep

The two left Tokyo on May 1 and arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on September 1, precisely four months later. This is De Mente’s journal of his experience on Half-Safe—experiences that included one life-threatening encounter after another…not to mention the personal encounters that came close to murder!

The author aboard Half-Safe as the jeep is pulled ashore for its first landfall in a month on the island of Shemya in the Aleutian chain.

Phoenix Books / Publishers

Phoenix Books /Publishers

ISBN: 0-914778-04-8 / List Price: $12.95

An incredible adventure that made The Guinness Book of World Records!

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