Fatal North: Murder and Survival on the First North Pole Expedition [NOOK Book]

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"Compulsively readable" -San Francisco Examiner

It began as President Ulysses S. Grant's bid for international glory after the Civil War -- America's first attempt to reach the North Pole. It ended with Captain Charles Hall's death under suspicious circumstances, dissension among sailors, scientists, and explorers, the ship's evacuation and eventual sinking. Then came a brutal struggle for survival by thirty-three men, women and children, stranded on the polar ice -- and two dramatic rescues by whaling ships. ...
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Fatal North: Murder and Survival on the First North Pole Expedition

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Overview

"Compulsively readable" -San Francisco Examiner

It began as President Ulysses S. Grant's bid for international glory after the Civil War -- America's first attempt to reach the North Pole. It ended with Captain Charles Hall's death under suspicious circumstances, dissension among sailors, scientists, and explorers, the ship's evacuation and eventual sinking. Then came a brutal struggle for survival by thirty-three men, women and children, stranded on the polar ice -- and two dramatic rescues by whaling ships. When news of the disastrous expedition and accusations of murder reached Washington D.C., it led to a nationwide scandal, an official investigation, and a government cover-up.

The mystery of the captain's death remained unsolved for nearly 100 years. But when Charles Hall's frozen grave in northern Greenland was opened, and hair and fingernail samples were retrieved, forensic scientists were finally able to reach a shocking conclusion.
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Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly
"In clean, fast-paced prose, Henderson (coauthor of And the Sea Will Tell) aptly conveys daily life on the ship and reconstructs its mood and politics vividly. He succeeds, too, at re-creating characters from among the crew, interspersing the thoughts of various men with dialogue, thereby immersing the reader in the story...Fans of adventure writing will appreciate this fine book."
Library Journal
"Best-selling author Henderson (And the Sea Will Tell), who served in the navy, spent many weeks researching primary source materials in the National Archives. To solve the mystery surrounding Hall's death, he uses testimony from the Congressional inquest as well as a 1968 autopsy utilizing DNA evidence. A factual historical mystery written by a gifted storyteller."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013396098
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 145,584
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Bruce Henderson is the author or coauthor of more than twenty nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell (with Vincent Bugliosi), which was made into a highly rated network miniseries.

His latest work, Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War, is the story of legendary Navy pilot Dieter Dengler, with whom Bruce served aboard USS Ranger (1965-66) during the Vietnam War. His previous book, Down to the Sea: An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II, follows ships and sailors of the Greatest Generation in the Pacific.

Bruce is the author of True North: Cook, Peary and the Race to the Pole about the ongoing controversy as to who discovered the North Pole. His award-winning magazine story on the same subject, "Cook v. Peary," appeared in the April 2009 issue of Smithsonian.
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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Best liked by history/arctic buffs

    Fairly engaging treatment of a little known story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    A great read.

    Could not put it down. An amazing story of survival, a fascinating look at US history, a portrait of life in the Arctic, murder, and the threat of mutiny.... all in one book.

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    Posted September 6, 2012

    Blackheart

    Nods. Thsnk u and pads there.

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    *shecat. 17moons. No kits. No mate. Warrior. Dark grey pelt a mist like pattern tht is white. White paws white underside. Amber eyes.

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