Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man, by Mark Kurlansky, Doubleday, 2012.
Not to be confused with Admiral Byrd who apparently fudged a bit on getting to the North Pole. Birdseye is the guy who froze vegetables.
Cheerful fellow of boundless energy and an innate inability to stay still. Bit like Teddy Roosevelt in that regard. He was also one of these small men who can endure appalling abuse where men mas macho would collapse. He was embodied a curious mixture of lust for adventure, curiosity over how things work, obsessive bent for tinkering, and ambitious business moving. An unusual quartet of impulses which Kurlansky describes but does not underscore.