Disaster at the Pole: The Crash of the Airship Italiaby Wilbur Cross
But on the Italia's return flight, disaster struck. The ship crashed
In 1926, General Umberto Nobile, one of Italy's premier aeronautical engineers, gained acclaim by crossing the North Pole in a dirigible, accompanied by the famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Encouraged by his success, Nobile decided in 1928 to lead another airship expedition to the Pole.
But on the Italia's return flight, disaster struck. The ship crashed down hundreds of miles from help. The survivors, including the injured Nobile, were stranded on an unstable ice floe, desperately trying to make radio contact with the outside world. Their disappearance inspired one of the most far-reaching rescue missions ever undertaken, and many of the searchers met disaster themselves - Amundsen among them.
Drawing on interviews he conducted with Nobile and other survivors, Wilbur Cross brings to life the struggles of the crewmen during their nearly two months on the ice, including the fate of three men who set off on a doomed trek to reach help. Cross also reveals the truth of the controversy surrounding Nobile, who was vilified by Italy's fascist government. Filled with intrigue, heroics and cruel twists of fate, Disaster at the Pole recounts one of the most fascinating and bizarre polar tragedies.
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