Antarctica holds an abiding fascination for many, particularly those who, like Smith (Cold Beer and Crocodiles), grew up in the frozen White Mountains of New Hampshire and take comfort in knowing there are far colder places. Smith here provides a forthright account of several trips to Antarctica, where he visited the South Pole, the large American base at McMurdo, and the smaller bases that other countries maintain. In addition, he sailed through the Drake Passage and then around the coast in a yacht. Throughout, he encounters people with a passion for their work in Antarctica and a respect and appreciation for the continent. Vividly evoking the beauty, desolation, and wonder of the land, Smith's account of this immense space and its harshness conjures up memories of early explorers and their achievements, made without the use of today's high-tech gear, pick-up trucks, and GPS. An absorbing look at Antarctica; highly recommended for college and public library travel collections.-Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Coll., Rindge, NH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.