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Farthest North: The Epic Adventure of a Visionary Explorerby Fridtjof Nansen
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"If Outside magazine had been around during the first turn of the century, Fridtjof Nansen would have been its No. 1 cover boy."—The Chicago Sun-Times In September of 1893, Norwegian zoologist Fridtjof Nansen and crew manned the schooner Fram, intending to drift, frozen in the Arctic pack-ice, to the North Pole. When it became clear that they would miss the pole, Nansen and companion Hjalmar Johansen struck off by themselves. Racing the shrinking pack-ice, they attempted, by dog-sled, to go "farthest north." They survived a winter in a moss hut eating walruses and polar bears, and the public assumed they were dead. In the spring of 1896, after three years of trekking, and having made it to within four degrees of the pole, they returned to safety. Nansen's narrative stands with the best writing on polar exploration. 20 b/w photographs.
Book News Annotation:
In September of 1893, Fridtjof Nansen and a crew on the schooner Fram attempted to be the first to reach the North Pole. After eventually setting off on foot and being presumed dead, Nansen and a companion finally returned to safety in 1896, greeted as heroes. This book chronicles those years in exquisite detail, including black-and-white illustrations and photographs, drawing comparison to the stories of Scott, Amundsen, and Shackleton. Anyone interested in polar exploration or survivalist stories would enjoy this fascinating narrative. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In 1893 Fridtj of Nansen set off on one of the greatest journeys of exploration ever undertaken, In all round the north of Rissia into the Kra and Laptev Seas and then, using his intution about arctic currents, deliberately freeze the ship into the ice of drift toward the North Pole. The first edition of Fathest North said 40,000 copies in English on publication and inspired a later generation of men to both North and South Pole. This is the only complete edition in English.
About the Author
Fridtjof Nansen made early contributions to neuron doctrine and was the discoverer of "dead water." He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work as a high commissioner of the League of Nations.
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