In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

by Hampton Sides
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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
cascadervr More than 1 year ago
Story of courage ,determination. suffering and leadersh in an area of the world that in its day was akin to voyaging to outer space, the artic ocean and coastal siberia in the 1880's
faesydaisy More than 1 year ago
This book takes you along on a voyage to the arctic that few people have even known occurred. Mr. Side's use of words was, for me, a reason in itself, to enjoy this fascinating tale. I was prompted into memories of various historical people living at the time and learned many new facts. I felt I had been with those unbelievably, determined men. I loved the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So beautifully, seemingly without effort and is so good blending stories together. What a rare and wonderful book. Hated to see it end. It became a part of me as I was reading it. No author could hope for more. As a reader, you will laugh, you will cry, and you will wander tributaries of the tundra while fighting frostbite. This fabulous book takes you there. What a glorious book.
Tsunami767 More than 1 year ago
Very well written with much research devoted to finding out the truth to this ill begotten mission.   I could not put it down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  Absolutely fabulous book.  Best book this year.
XMontreal More than 1 year ago
Superbly written, extremely informative, hard to put down. For those aficionados of Arctic lore this book is on a par with Fergus Fleming's "Barrow's Boys" and Pierre Burton's "The Arctic Grail"
Eve1124 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a great deal. The research that had to have gone into this book was pretty impressive. I found myself drawn in, trying to imagine what they went through during and after this voyage. I would recommend this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read two other books about DeLong's polar exploration, this book far surpasses them in breadth, research, the human reach for the unknown. With every endeavor, there are influences both personal and of the times, and this book explores them, exposes them and makes real of this epic tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story by a great story teller. Gripping details of an incredible journey - I can't imagine living through these events.
Maggie42 More than 1 year ago
Haven't read it yet, but my husband, who has read all of Hampton Sides' books, proclaims this the best yet. It's next on my pile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading it now; off the chart great! Also try Hector's Juice! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story and well written
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Limps in, wimpering " can i live here " she mewels
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Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
This forgotten but fantastic episode of American history and Arctic exploration is brilliantly reconstructed and engagingly told by author Hampton Sides.  Starting with the backgrounds of the wealthy but eccentric backer, James Gordon Bennett Jr., and the almost obsessively focused captain of the USS Jeannette, George Washington De Long, the story proceeds chronologically through their research into approaches to the Arctic based on the prevailing theories of the late 1800s, acquisition and preparation of ship and crew, and the cruise to Arctic waters.  Once they become trapped in the ice, where they'd spend many subsequent months, we gain insight into not only how they staved off boredom and maintained discipline, but also how various crew members dealt, successfully and not, with the privations of their situation.  When the icepack crushes the Jeannette and they begin their journey back south to try to find safe haven, the heroism of both individuals, and the crew as a whole, becomes evident.  The passion of the worldwide public fascination with the undertaking is counterbalanced by the pathos of De Long's patiently waiting wife.  While he did not bring back all of his crew alive, the parallels to Shackleton and Antarctic exploration put this story on par with such classic tales of exploration and adventure.
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Facinating tale of early polar exploration, overwhelming hardship and perseverance.
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Midnight_ReaderMA More than 1 year ago
This book is the story of the voyage of exploration undertaken by the USS Jeanette in 1879. Her mission was to break through the ice belt in the north, reach the open polar waters and finally make it to the North Pole. Yep, that's right. In those days it was a commonly held belief that the North Pole was located in a warm open sea filled with teaming life. It was entirely possible, many argued, that there was a lost tribe of humans there. The Arctic was the great unknown, and there was huge public and national interest in the exploration of this region. It was the equivalent of the race to be the first on the moon. The USS Jeanette was the United States’ moonshot, and the cost of the expedition was funded by the most powerful newspaper of the time, the New York Herald. This book is the story of the people involved in this grand adventure and a factual account of the events before, during, and after the USS Jeanette’s Arctic journey. The author used many sources including current accounts in the news, personal journals, and the ship’s logs. It is rich, fascinating, and reads like a novel. It is a window into another time, and yet the motivations and emotions of those people echo our own times. It is a love story, an adventure story, a tale of survival in the face of horrific conditions, and even better, it is a story of science. The officers and crew of the USS Jeanette went to heroic lengths to collect and preserve their maps and data; their information changed the world’s understanding of the Arctic. After the voyage of the USS Jeanette, it was never again assumed that the North Pole was located in an open sea, and all other efforts to reach it involved trips over sea ice. Just as the trips to the moon changed our view of the Earth, so did the voyage of the USS Jeanette. I am very glad that I read this book and I highly recommend it to other readers.
PatyPH More than 1 year ago
I usually get bored with documentary type books but this one kept me interested right until the end. It was well written and taught me a lot, not only about the Jeannette but also about environmental conditions above the Arctic. I'm still amazed that these guys could survive for so long. Great Read!