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Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole

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Fergus Fleming's captivating histories have taken us to the Alps, to the high seas, and to the heights of human endeavor. Now the acclaimed author of Barrow's Boys and Killing Dragons (a New York Times Notable Book) relates the epic story of the men who stopped at nothing to unravel the mysteries of the North Pole. In the nineteenth century, theories about the North Pole ran rampant. Was it an open sea? Was it a portal to new worlds within the globe? Or was it just a wilderness of ice? When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in 1845, explorers decided it was time to find out. In scintillating detail, Ninety Degrees North tells of the vying governments (including America, Britain, Germany, and Austria-Hungary) and fantastic eccentrics (from Swedish balloonists to Italian aristocrats) who, despite their heroic failures, often achieved massive celebrity as they battled shipwreck, starvation, and sickness to reach the top of the world. Drawing on unpublished archives, and with pages of photographs and drawings, and long-forgotten journals, Fleming tells this story with consummate craftsmanship and wit. Ninety Degrees North is a riveting saga of humankind's search for the ultimate goal.

Review:

"This is the sort of book you want to read in front of a blazing fire. It is immensely enjoyable." Daily Telegraph

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"A vivid, witty history....We are in the hands of a born storyteller." Bookseller

Synopsis:

Fleming relates the epic story of the men who stopped at nothing to unravel the mysteries of the North Pole. In the nineteenth century, theories about the North Pole ran rampant. Was it an open sea? Was it a portal to new worlds within the globe? Or was it just a wilderness of ice? When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in 1845, explorers decided it was time to find out. In scintillating detail, Ninety Degrees North tells of the vying governments and fantastic eccentrics who, despite their heroic failures, often achieved massive celebrity as they battled shipwreck, starvation, and sickness to reach the top of the world. Drawing on unpublished archives and long-forgotten journals this is a riveting saga of humankind's search for the ultimate goal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802117250
Subtitle:
The Quest for the North Pole
Author:
Fleming, Fergus
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
North pole
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Arctic regions
Subject:
HISTORY / Polar Regions
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
TR-02-1
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.34x6.30x1.58 in. 1.88 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Grove Press - English 9780802117250 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is the sort of book you want to read in front of a blazing fire. It is immensely enjoyable."
"Review" by , "A vivid, witty history....We are in the hands of a born storyteller."
"Synopsis" by , Fleming relates the epic story of the men who stopped at nothing to unravel the mysteries of the North Pole. In the nineteenth century, theories about the North Pole ran rampant. Was it an open sea? Was it a portal to new worlds within the globe? Or was it just a wilderness of ice? When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in 1845, explorers decided it was time to find out. In scintillating detail, Ninety Degrees North tells of the vying governments and fantastic eccentrics who, despite their heroic failures, often achieved massive celebrity as they battled shipwreck, starvation, and sickness to reach the top of the world. Drawing on unpublished archives and long-forgotten journals this is a riveting saga of humankind's search for the ultimate goal.
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