Nansen: The Explorer as Hero / Edition 1

Nansen: The Explorer as Hero / Edition 1

by Roland Huntford
     
 

Nansen: The Explorer as Hero is a well-crafted, masterfully researched biography of Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian doctor-scientist some consider the greatest polar explorer of all. Written by Roland Huntford, the author of the critically-acclaimed biography of Shackleton, Nansen reveals the man by telling the life. At times, it reads almost like anSee more details below

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Nansen: The Explorer as Hero is a well-crafted, masterfully researched biography of Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian doctor-scientist some consider the greatest polar explorer of all. Written by Roland Huntford, the author of the critically-acclaimed biography of Shackleton, Nansen reveals the man by telling the life. At times, it reads almost like an adventure story: Nansen's audacious scheme to reach the North Pole by having his ship frozen in Arctic ice seems as exciting and reckless now as it did more than a century ago. By the point in the biography when the Oslo-born explorer wins the Nobel Prize, we almost feel that we have earned it with him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715628430
Publisher:
Duckworth Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/1998
Pages:
610
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.18(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and acknowledgementsix
List of illustrationsxiii
Prologue1
Part I. Beginnings
1. A Boy and his Skis5
2. `That Strange City'10
3. Viking17
4. Dr Jaeger Ordains22
5. Winterreise28
6. A Foolhardy Trip35
7. A Question of Nerves41
8. Innocents Abroad46
9. Back to Bergen52
Part II. Greenland
10. Plans and Preparations61
11. Danish Gold68
12. `I Let Them all Prate'77
13. Threatened by Ice83
14. Eskimo and Lapp87
15. `So Much Suffering'95
16. Eye of the Storm101
17. Quite the Wrong Diet107
18. `We Are Norwegian!'115
19. Out of Paradise121
20.Nansen Fever127
Part III. Fram
21. `A Hot Affair'137
22. The Married State143
23. Planning for the Pole147
24. `My Lovely Boy'153
25. A Most Peculiar Hull157
26. `Burns Without a Wick'164
27. How to Choose Dogs169
28. Fram Sails Off173
29. One Over the Eight176
30. From the Siberian Plains183
31. Towards the Kara Sea189
32. Frozen In197
33. A Flailing of Fists202
34. Mood Swings and a Secret211
35. `The North Pole Kayaks'222
36. Working All Hours229
37. Eva's Songs and Sorrows237
38. Off at Last241
39. 85th Parallel252
40. Sverdrup in Charge257
41. A Dog's Life262
42. Chronometric Chaos270
43. Miseries of Spring279
44. A Feast of Seals288
45. `We Have Seen Land'296
46. Food for the Taking302
47. From Storm to Calm307
48. Like Robinson Crusoe314
49. The Nordic Penelope320
50. Onward to Spitsbergen325
51. Lucky Escapes331
52. `I Am Devilish Glad to See You'339
53. Fram Breaks Free346
54. Reunion All Round351
55. A Tumult of Applause359
56. The Hero as Orator364
57. Hard Pounding in the States369
58. A Record Lost376
Part IV. Diplomat
59. The Oracle Speaks387
60. Writing to The Times393
61. A Gentlemanly Revolution400
62. To Fill a Throne408
63. Unofficial Envoy415
64. Riding Mistress427
65. A-Hunting He Would Go436
66. Integrity Secured446
67. Too Late, Too Late451
68. Kathleen Scott456
69. Response to a Suicide467
Part V. The League
70. An Ideal Front Man483
71. Getting Them Home491
72. Seduced by Lenin500
73. `The Nansen Passport'515
74. Fair Exchange524
75. A Nobel Accolade531
Epilogue546
Maps549
Notes555
Sources560
Index600

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