Safe Return Doubtful: The Heroic Age of Polar Exploration

Safe Return Doubtful: The Heroic Age of Polar Exploration

by John Maxtone-Graham

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Safe Return Doubtful: The Heroic Age of Polar Exploration by John Maxtone-Graham

Until the early twentieth century, the north and south polar regions remained unknowns, shrouded in white wilderness; the mystery demanded resolution, and the feat of reaching the poles would guarantee immortality.

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

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ISBN-13: 9780760712221
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 01/15/1999
Pages: 400

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