In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
ISBN: 0307946916
EAN13: 9780307946911
Language: English
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 8.03" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 1.06 lbs.
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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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   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!
 
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