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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 />
Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expediti...
by Buddy Levy

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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<p><b>鈥?lt;/b><b>A thrilling and harrowing story. If it鈥檚 a cliche to say I couldn鈥檛 put this book down, well, too bad: I couldn鈥檛 put this book down.</b><b>鈥?鈥擩ess Walter, bestselling author of <i>Beautiful Ruins</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淧olar exploration is utter madness. It is the insistence of life where life shouldn鈥檛 exist. And so, <i>Labyrinth of Ice</i> shows you exactly what happens when the unstoppable meets the unmovable. Buddy Levy outdoes himself here. The details and story are magnificent.鈥?</b>鈥?lt;b>Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of <i>The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington</i> </b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Based on the author's exhaustive research, the incredible true story of the Greely Expedition, one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration. </b></p><p>In July 1881, Lt. A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made. </p><p>Greely and his men confronted every possible challenge鈥攙icious wolves, sub-zero temperatures, and months of total darkness鈥攁s they set about exploring one of the most remote, unrelenting environments on the planet. In May 1882, they broke the 300-year-old record, and returned to camp to eagerly await the resupply ship scheduled to return at the end of the year. Only nothing came. </p><p>250 miles south, a wall of ice prevented any rescue from reaching them. Provisions thinned and a second winter descended. Back home, Greely鈥檚 wife worked tirelessly against government resistance to rally a rescue mission.</p><p>Months passed, and Greely made a drastic choice: he and his men loaded the remaining provisions and tools onto their five small boats, and pushed off into the treacherous waters. After just two weeks, dangerous floes surrounded them. Now new dangers awaited: insanity, threats of mutiny, and cannibalism. As food dwindled and the men weakened, Greely's expedition clung desperately to life.</p><p><i>Labyrinth of Ice</i> tells the true story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune鈥攁t any cost鈥攁nd how their journey changed the world.</p>
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>
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>
To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, an...
by Edward J. Larson

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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<p><strong>*** National Outdoor Book Award聽WINNER! ***</strong></p><p><strong>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a "suspenseful" (WSJ) and "adrenaline-fueled" (Outside) entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time: in聽1909聽three聽daring expeditions鈥搇ed by Ernest Shackleton, Robert Peary, and the聽dashing Duke of the Abruzzi鈥搒imultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world.</strong></p><p>As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration鈥攕et at the world鈥檚 frozen extremes鈥攍ay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the so-called 鈥淭hird Pole,鈥?the pole of altitude, located in unexplored heights of the Himalaya. Before the calendar turned, three expeditions had faced death, mutiny, and the harshest conditions on the planet to plant flags at the furthest edges of the Earth.</p><p>In the course of one extraordinary year, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed worldwide at the discovers of the North Pole; Britain鈥檚 Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic 鈥淔urthest South鈥?record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the Magnetic South Pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy鈥檚 Duke of the Abruzzi had attained an altitude record that would stand for a generation, the result of the first major mountaineering expedition to the聽Himalaya's eastern Karakoram, where the daring aristocrat attempted K2 and established the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet.聽 </p><p>Based on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Edward J. Larson weaves these narratives into one thrilling adventure story<strong>.</strong> Larson, author of the acclaimed polar history <em>Empire of Ice</em>, draws on his own voyages to the Himalaya, the arctic, and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, where he himself reached the South Pole and lived in Shackleton鈥檚 Cape Royds hut as a fellow in the National Science Foundations鈥?Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.聽 </p><p>These three legendary expeditions, overlapping in time, danger, and stakes, were glorified upon their return, their leaders celebrated as the preeminent heroes of their day. Stripping away the myth, Larson, a master historian, illuminates one of the great, overlooked tales of exploration, revealing the extraordinary human achievement at the heart of these journeys.</p><p>聽</p>
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring E...
by Nathaniel Philbrick

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English

Pages

481

Publication Date

October 26, 2004

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<b>"A treasure of a book."鈥擠avid McCullough<br /><br />The harrowing story of a pathbreaking naval expedition that set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean, dwarfing Lewis and Clark with its discoveries, from the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Valiant Ambition</i> and <i>In the Hurricane's Eye</i>.<br /></b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book</b><br /><br />America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling <i>In the Heart of the Sea</i> Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen鈥攖he U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838鈥?842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution. Combining spellbinding human drama and meticulous research, Philbrick reconstructs the dark saga of the voyage to show why, instead of being celebrated and revered as that of Lewis and Clark, it has鈥攗ntil now鈥攂een relegated to a footnote in the national memory.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize</b>
Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
by Paul Watson

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English

Pages

426

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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<p><strong>"Intriguing [and] enjoyable." 鈥擨an McGuire, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><br /><p><em>Ice Ghosts</em> weaves together the epic story of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1845鈥攚hose two ships, HMS <em>Erebus</em> and HMS <em>Terror</em>, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice鈥攚ith the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the recent incredible discoveries of the wrecks. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led one of the discovery expeditions, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story and reveals how a combination of faith in Inuit knowledge and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.</p>
Leading at The Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Sa...
by , Jillian Murphy

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

March 28, 2012

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Drawing on the amazing story of a polar exploration team鈥檚 survival against all odds, author Dennis N. T. Perkins demonstrates the importance of a strong leader in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change. Part adventure tale and part leadership guide, Leading at the Edge uncovers what the legendary Antarctic adventure of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of twenty-seven polar explorers can teach us about bringing order to chaos through true leadership. Among other skills, you鈥檒l learn how to instill optimism while staying grounded in reality, step up to risks worth taking, consistently reinforce your team message, set a personal example, find things to celebrate, laugh small things off, and--even in the face of extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food, and complete isolation--never give up.The book鈥檚 second edition features additional lessons, new case studies of the strategies in action, tools to uncover and resolve conflicts, and expanded resources. An updated epilogue compares the leadership styles of the famous polar explorers Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott, which transcend the one-hundred-plus years since their historic race to the South Pole to help today鈥檚 leaders learn valuable lessons about the meaning of true success.
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>

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