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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<br /> <br />In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
The Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind's Greatest Adve...
by William R. Anderson

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

July 29, 2008

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<p><b>The greatest undersea adventure of the 20th century.</b></p> <p><i>The Ice Diaries</i> tells the incredible true story of Captain William R. Anderson and his crew's harrowing top-secret mission aboard the USS <i>Nautilus</i>, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Bristling with newly classified, never-before-published information and photos from the captain's personal collection, <i>The Ice Diaries</i> takes readers on a dangerous journey beneath the vast, unexplored Arctic ice cap during the height of the Cold War.</p> <p>"Captain Anderson and the crew of the <i>USS Nautilus</i> exemplified daring and boldness in taking their boat beneath the Arctic ice to the North Pole. This expertly told story captures the drama, danger, and importance of that monumental achievement." ?Capt. Stanley D. M. Carpenter, Professor of Strategy and Policy, United States Naval War College</p> <p>"Few maritime exploits in history have so startled the world as the silent, secret transpolar voyage of the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine <i>Nautilus</i>, and none since the age of Columbus and Vasco da Gama has opened, in one bold stroke, so vast and forbidding an area of the seas." ?Paul O'Neil, <i>Life</i> magazine</p> <p><br />聽</p>
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the...
by Hampton Sides

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English

Pages

489

Publication Date

August 05, 2014

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<b><i>New York Times</i></b>聽<b>bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age<br /></b><br />In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. <br /><br />James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of聽<i>The New York Herald</i>, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS聽<i>Jeannette</i>聽set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." <br /><br />The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the聽<i>Jeannette聽</i>sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice鈥攁 frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. <br /><br />With twists and turns worthy of a thriller,聽<i>In The Kingdom of Ice</i>聽is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.<br /><br /><b>Ebook edition includes over a dozen extra images<br /></b>
Surface at the Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate
by James Calvert

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English

Pages

246

Publication Date

June 28, 2019

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<b><h2>On 17 March 1959, the USS Skate became the first submarine to surface at the North Pole.</h2><br /><br />Under the guidance of James Calvert this nuclear submarine had navigated through polar ice packs, braved atrociously cold conditions, and broken through layers of thick ice to arrive at their destination; the northernmost point of the world.</b><br /><br />This mission, however, was not just about completing a seemingly impossibly feat of Arctic exploration.<br /><br />It also had huge implications for military strategy during the height of the Cold War. <br /><br />Now that submarines were able to travel under and break through the ice, it gave the U.S. military the capability of being avoid detection under the ice while being able to launch their Polaris missiles from points far closer to the Soviet Union.<br /><br />James Calvert鈥檚 remarkable account of his two voyages to the Arctic with the USS Skate provides vivid insight into life in a nuclear submarine and how these men were able to complete this treacherous mission.<br /><br />鈥渁 frank, honest and humorous account of the problems faced in penetrating this vast unknown.鈥?<em>Naval War College Review</em><br /><br />鈥渉e brought a keen eye for detail to his account of that first rise to the North Pole鈥?<em>The New York Times</em><br /><br />鈥淸James Calvert] proves as handy with pen as with periscope. 鈥?the two penetrations of the ice pack, in August of 1958 and March of 1959, make fresh and original reading.鈥?<em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br /><em>Surface at the Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate</em> should be essential reading for anyone interested in naval history and how U.S. Navy made innovative strides in arctic exploration through the 1950s.<br /><br />James Calvert served in the United States Navy, where he commanded USS Skate, the third nuclear submarine commissioned and the second submarine to reach the North Pole, which became the first to surface at the pole. His account of this journey, <em>Surface at the Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate</em> was published in 1960 and Calvert passed away in 2009.<br />
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of E...
by David Roberts

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

January 28, 2013

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<p><strong>"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." 鈥擫aurence Gonzales, author of <em>Deep Survival</em></strong></p><br /><p>On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.</p><br /><p>Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"</p><br /><p>This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley鈥檚 famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.</p>
Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait
by Bathsheba Demuth

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English

Pages

427

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<p><strong>A groundbreaking exploration of the relationship between capitalism, communism, and Arctic ecology since the dawn of the industrial age.</strong></p><br /><p>Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: through the stories of these animals and resources, Bathsheba Demuth reveals how people have turned ecological wealth in a remote region into economic growth and state power for more than 150 years.</p><br /><p>The first-ever comprehensive history of Beringia, the Arctic land and waters stretching from Russia to Canada, <em>Floating Coast</em> breaks away from familiar narratives to provide a fresh and fascinating perspective on an overlooked landscape. The unforgiving territory along the Bering Strait had long been home to humans鈥攖he Inupiat and Yupik in Alaska, and the Yupik and Chukchi in Russia鈥攂efore Americans and Europeans arrived with revolutionary ideas for progress. Rapidly, these frigid lands and waters became the site of an ongoing experiment: How, under conditions of extreme scarcity, would the great modern ideologies of capitalism and communism control and manage the resources they craved?</p><br /><p>Drawing on her own experience living with and interviewing indigenous people in the region, as well as from archival sources, Demuth shows how the social, the political, and the environmental clashed in this liminal space. Through the lens of the natural world, she views human life and economics as fundamentally about cycles of energy, bringing a fresh and visionary spin to the writing of human history.</p><br /><p><em>Floating Coast</em> is a profoundly resonant tale of the dynamic changes and unforeseen consequences that immense human needs and ambitions have brought, and will continue to bring, to a finite planet.</p>
Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Myster...
by Michael Palin

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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<p><em>Driven by a passion for travel and history and a love of ships and the sea, former Monty Python stalwart and beloved television globe-trotter Michael Palin explores the world of HMS </em>Erebus, <em>last seen on an ill-fated voyage to chart the Northwest Passage.</em></p><p>Michael Palin brings the fascinating story of the <em>Erebus</em> and its occupants to life, from its construction as a bomb vessel in 1826 through the flagship years of James Clark Ross鈥檚 Antarctic expedition and finally to Sir John Franklin鈥檚 quest for the holy grail of navigation鈥攁 route through the Northwest Passage, where the ship disappeared into the depths of the sea for more than 150 years. It was rediscovered under the arctic waters in 2014.</p><p>Palin travels across the world鈥攆rom Tasmania to the Falkland Islands and the Canadian Arctic鈥攖o offer a firsthand account of the terrain and conditions that would have confronted the <em>Erebus</em> and her doomed final crew. Delving into the research, he describes the intertwined careers of the two men who shared the ship鈥檚 journeys: Ross, the organizational genius who mapped much of the Antarctic coastline and oversaw some of the earliest scientific experiments to be conducted there; and Franklin, who, at the age of sixty and after a checkered career, commanded the ship on its last disastrous venture. Expertly researched and illustrated with maps, photographs, paintings, and engravings, <em>Erebus</em> is an evocative account of two journeys: one successful and forgotten, the other tragic yet unforgettable.</p>
Sir John Franklin's Erebus and Terror Expedition: Lost and Found
by Gillian Hutchinson

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

July 13, 2017

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In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set out on a voyage to find the North-West Passage 鈥?the sea route linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. The expedition was expected to complete its mission within three years and return home in triumph but the two ships, HMS <i>Erebus</i> and HMS <i>Terror</i>, and the 129 men aboard them disappeared in the Arctic. The last Europeans to see them alive were the crews of two whaling ships in Baffin Bay in July 1845, just before they entered the labyrinth of the Arctic Archipelago.<br /> <br />The loss of this British hero and his crew, and the many rescue expeditions and searches that followed, captured the public imagination, but the mystery surrounding the expedition's fate only deepened as more clues were found. How did Franklin's final expedition end in tragedy? What happened to the crew? <br /> <br />The thrilling discoveries in the Arctic of the wrecks of <i>Erebus</i> in 2014 and <i>Terror</i> in 2016 have brought the events of 170 years ago into sharp focus and excited new interest in the Franklin expedition. This richly illustrated book is an essential guide to this story of heroism, endurance, tragedy and dark desperation.<br /><i></i>
Innocents on the Ice: A Memoir of Antarctic Exploration, 1957
by John C. Behrendt

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English

Pages

456

Publication Date

December 01, 2013

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<p>"Adventures in the Antarctic only happen when someone makes a mistake.鈥?lt;br /><br />鈥擣rom the Preface</p><br />In 1956, John C. Behrendt had just earned his master鈥檚 degree in geophysics and obtained a position as an assistant seismologist in the International Geophysical Year glaciological program. He sailed from Davisville, Rhode Island to spend eighteen months in Antarctica with the IGY expedition as part of a U.S. Navy-supported scientific expedition to establish Ellsworth Station on the Filchner Ice Shelf. <i>Innocents on the Ice</i> is聽a memoir based on Behrendt鈥檚 handwritten journals, looking back on his daily entries describing his life and activities on the most isolated of the seven U.S. Antarctic stations.<br /><br />聽<br />Nine civilians and thirty Navy men lived beneath the snow together, and聽intense personal conflicts arose during the聽dark Antarctic winter of 1957.聽Little outside contact was available to ease the tension, with no mail delivery and only occasional radio contact with families back home. The author聽describes the emotional stress of the living situation, along with details of聽his parties鈥?explorations of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf system during the summers of 1957 and 1958. Along the hazardous 1,300-mile traverse in two Sno-Cats, the field party measured ice thickness and snow accumulation as part of an international effort to determine the balance of the Antarctic ice sheet, and made the first geological observations of the spectacular Dufek Massif in the then-unexplored Pensacola Mountains. Behrendt also draws upon his forty years of continual participation in Antarctic research to explain the changes in scientific activities and environmental awareness in Antarctica today.<br /><br />聽<br />Including photos, maps, and a glossary identifying various forms of ice, <i>Innocents on the Ice</i> is a fascinating combination of the diary of a young graduate student and the reflections of the聽accomplished scientist he became.聽
The White Darkness
by David Grann

Language

English

Pages

142

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b><b>By the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Killers of the Flower Moon</i>, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs</b></b><br /><br />Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history.<br /><br />Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. <br /><br />In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone.<br /><br />David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, <i>The White Darkness</i> is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

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