The North Pole: A Narrative History

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Culled largely from the pages of rare books and little-known accounts, The North Pole showcases the particular resolve of men forced to fight hand-to-hand combat with polar bears, endure grueling marches at the brink of starvation, and literally eat their boots to survive. Included in this volume is the story of mutiny aboard Henry Hudson's 1610 expedition; the harrowing tale of a crazed murderer among John Franklin's first Arctic expedition and the disappearance of 139 men on his second; and the triumphant ...
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Overview

Culled largely from the pages of rare books and little-known accounts, The North Pole showcases the particular resolve of men forced to fight hand-to-hand combat with polar bears, endure grueling marches at the brink of starvation, and literally eat their boots to survive. Included in this volume is the story of mutiny aboard Henry Hudson's 1610 expedition; the harrowing tale of a crazed murderer among John Franklin's first Arctic expedition and the disappearance of 139 men on his second; and the triumphant account of Robert E. Peary, who sacrificed 9 toes in his quest to reach the North Pole. Despite the difficulties, these men developed an appetite for the cold and the hardship, and luckily for us, they wrote endlessly about their adventures. Anthony Brandt's authoritative narrative places this tapestry of characters into context and carries the story of Arctic exploration from the shadows of ancient times to the modern era.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792274117
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: National Geographic Adventure Classics
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A true report of Captain Frobisher, his last voyage into the west and northwest regions, 1577 10
The second voyage attempted by Master John Davis, 1586 20
The true and perfect description of three voyages, so strange and wonderful, etc., 1609 28
A larger discourse of the same voyage ... 1610 41
A voyage to the whale fishery, 1822 64
A voyage of discovery made under the orders of the admiralty, 1819 78
Journal of a voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific 1819-20 87
Narrative of a journey to shores of the Polar Sea 106
Arctic ordeal : the journal of John Richardson 121
The private journal of George F. Lyon of the H.M.S. Hecla, 1824 134
The last voyage of Capt. Sir John Ross to the Arctic regions, for the discovery of a northwest passage, 1829-1833 157
Private journal of a cruise in the brig Rescue in search of John Franklin 168
Correspondence with the Hudson's Bay Company on Arctic exploration, 1844-1855 188
The voyage of the Fox in the Arctic seas 201
Arctic explorations : the second Grinnell expedition in search of Sir John Franklin 229
Life with the Esquimaux 251
Arctic experiences : containing Capt. George E. Tyson's wonderful drift on the ice-floe 268
Narrative of a voyage to the Polar Sea 278
The voyage of the Jeannette 293
The cruise of the Corwin 304
Three years of Arctic service, 1881-1884 312
Six came back : the Arctic adventure of David L. Brainard 324
Farthest north : the exploration of the Fram 336
Andree's story : the complete record of his polar flight 355
My attainment of the pole 372
A black explorer at the North Pole 394
The North Pole 399
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