Tell the Johnny-come-lately climbers of Everest to move over! Before them, there was Robert Peary, an explorer's explorer who in 1909, co-discovered the North Pole with Matthew Henson. Peary's account of the expedition remains a classic adventure story. By ship, dogsled, and foot, through storms and arctic nights, Peary leads us step by step, to the glorious moment when he plants the American flag on that spot on the planet where the only direction is south. It is a tale of courage and endurance, of men battling frigid winds and hunger, blinding fogs and treacherous pack ice. The world is fortunate that so great an explorer could tell a tale as vivid as his journey.
This is a reprint for hot-weather readers interested in a cool controversy:whether Robert E. Peary made it to the North Pole as the title implies; or as Robert M. Bryce argues in his introduction he faked it.
Robert E. Peary was an author and celebrated Arctic explorer who lost most of his toes to frostbite while single-mindedly pursuing his goal. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the twenty-sixth President of the United States, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and an accomplished explorer and author. Robert M. Bryce, the leading authority on the two explorers, is the author of Cook and Peary: The Polar Controversy, Resolved (0-8117-0317-7). He lives in Monrovia, Maryland, near Bethseda.