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This book by renowned marine historian John Maxtone-Graham, tells the exciting story of the exploits of the polar explorers, who overcame fearsome odds and horrendous conditions. Neither radio nor aircraft had been invented; there was no nylon, no vitamins, and the ...
This book by renowned marine historian John Maxtone-Graham, tells the exciting story of the exploits of the polar explorers, who overcame fearsome odds and horrendous conditions. Neither radio nor aircraft had been invented; there was no nylon, no vitamins, and the food was often so primitively preserved as to be poisonous. The men camped overnight in subzero agony, their sweat-soaked furs frozen the moment they stopped.
Safe Return Doubtful covers every aspect of the polar game: ships, sledges, primus stoves, animals, rations, frostbite, scurvy, and, always, these remarkable men and their dogged search for polar immortality
Posted July 9, 2002
There is a history during the 1800's of a many repeated attempts to reach either the North or South Pole. Many ended in failure; more ended in failure and death. Only two Peary's conquest of the North and Amundson at the South near the beginning of the last century were complete successes. Yet, ALL these explorers, adventurers, and at least it seems, one con man - Cook, make this book highly readable. Nansen, Shackleton, Scott all the notable ones are here in their glory and there is much glory here. The tragedy too is here. And there are the less well known polar figures Parry, Kane and others; there is the mystery of Franklin. What one finds is that it is NOT the conquering of a given 90° at either end of our globe that gives these men a special place in history. It is the TRYING that all of them did. These men's efforts recorded here make this book flow and become a 'page turner'. Maxtone-Graham has done a very good job. One failing I noted on a few occasions was that his sentence structure seemed flawed, as if he was hurried to make a point, note a fact, and I found myself having to reread that portion two or three times to understand him. But anyone interested in, not just polar history, but in an era, about a time when men did astonishing deeds just to see if the goal could be achieved will enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.