In The Kingdom Of Ice: The Grand And Terrible Polar Voyage Of The Uss Jeannette
ISBN: 0307946916
EAN13: 9780307946911
Language: English
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 8.03" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores.

James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the US Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to Read More chevron_right

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   Buy it read it enjoy every page of it
My favorite book of all time is Island of the Lost by Joan Druitt, but was snipped at the heels of Island of the Lost in the Kingdom of Ice. This book is so well written that I could not wait to get home to continue reading. I purposely did not investigate the tangent of the Jeannette because I did not want to spoil the book's end. I have received this suggestion from a friend with whom I have trusted for a good read in the past, and he did not steer me in the wrong direction. Just fantastic '', every page. I just hated coming back to the last page... I wanted to continue ''. One of those books that is so good!
   Age of explorers and men of iron
Sides succeeds in bringing a century-old journey through the journals and letters of the crew and families of the Jeanette to vivid life. I gradually grew into the story and ended up unable to put it down. I felt more than anything else the gap in the roughness between myself and these arctic explorers. If you are interested in the outdoors and in exploration, this is an amazing story. It also illustrates how much guesswork went into polar geography by armchair theorists, and the lives of the hapless and lost finding the truth. Between the civil war and WW1 an amazing age of invention and exploration.
   Remarkable story of a doomed Arctic expedition
One of them is Hampton Sides. In this book he brings the dead back to life. His research is mesmerizing and the tragic story of the USS Jeannette and its men is incredible. The mission to find the mythical open Polar Sea may now seem crazy to us, and it was encouraged by people who had a few loose screws. But the goal was to find new commercial shipping routes back then. I can 't recommend this book highly enough.
   Absolutely must read for history buffs!
The courage, fortitude, and heroic determination of these men to complete their mission was amazing. A page turner for me and a book I have raved to my friends and family about. The author, Hampton Sides, had me sometimes crying in pain and seeing the beauty of a part of this earth that few have seen. In The Kingdom of Ice, one of the best books I read in the past year was. Where is the movie located?
   A tragic but fascinating tale
I skimmed the beginning pretty much, where the history of the people involved was explained. The journey itself is sad, but fascinating. Can you imagine being on a ship for over a year in the ice and frozen solid? Reading this in winter kept me cold the whole time I read it. How can you survive in freezing temperatures wet clothing and feet? I don 't know if I would call this bravery or insanity. Either way, I know that I would never survive such a journey.
   One of the most thrilling true stories I have ever read.
This book has led me to a burning fascination with all arctic exploration. Hampton Sides' masterful prose unfolds the story of the USS Jeanette like a novel. A page-turner that never sacrifices substance for style, in the Kingdom of Ice grabbed me from the beginning and would not let me go, much like the frigid grip of the Siberian Winter itself!
   Excellent Story and Writing
For the last 20+ years, I'm a huge Shackleton fan and love to read about his explorations. I heard this author on the podcast Meateater and described this book as the American version of Shackleton. Immediately I went to Audible and downloaded the book. Great story, great writing and very happy to have this book. Just about done with the story, so can 't wait to finish it, but rest assured that this story is just as exciting as Shackleton's transAntartic expedition, which was stuck in the ice.
   Interesting story, could have used better editing and a proper introduction
The story of the ill-fated expedition of the USS Jeannette is the main theme of this book. As such, the core story is very gripping and fairly well-described in this book, although it takes the 2nd half of the 400+ pages to actually get there. While reading the book, I felt distracted by my own questions and possibly doubts about what I was reading and wondered why the book did not start with a proper introduction for 21st century readers who have no idea what happened to the Jeannette and why we should read about it today. There are too many digressions into the stories of the side characters who largely disappear by the end. It felt like an unnecessary filler, perhaps a better writer could have woven all this into something more cohesive. To me, a non-fiction book should start with a statement of the author's intentions, instead this book opens with It was a dark and stormy night.
   Gripping suspense above the Arctic Circle
With no prior knowledge of the story of the USS Jeannette, reads like a novel in the Kingdom of Ice. As we follow the story of Captain De Long and his crew as they make their way above the Arctic Circle and into the pack ice of the desolate north, one page follows anxiously another, a veritable page-turner of a story. I can 't imagine what a man must go through on such a voyage of discovery, that captain and crew were able to endure the hardships and isolation for three years, a testament to the mettle of the men there. Also those back home who held hope for the return of their husbands, brothers and sons, who had no word of their fate for all those years are not to be forgotten. A truly amazing story and written in a wonderful way. It is well worth the time to read.
   Proper place in history
A story of service, sacrifice and endurance, that needs to be remembered. I had never heard of this expedition and hampton sides brings the crew and their times alive.