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True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole

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In 1909, two men laid rival claims to this crown jewel of exploration. A century later, the battle rages still. This book is about one of the most enduring and vitriolic feuds in the history of exploration. "What a consummate cur he is," said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded, "Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder." They had started out as friends and shipmates, with Cook, a doctor, accompanying Peary, a civil engineer, on an expedition to northern Greenland in 1891. Peary's leg was shattered in an accident, and without Cook's care he might never have walked again. But by the summer of 1909, all the goodwill was gone. Peary said he had reached the Pole in September 1909; Cook scooped him, presenting evidence that he had gotten there in 1908. Bruce Henderson makes a wonderful narrative out of the claims and counterclaims, and he introduces fascinating scientific and psychological evidence to put the appalling details of polar travel in a new context.

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Nail-biting true adventure.--Kirkus Reviews

In 1909, two men laid rival claims to this crown jewel of exploration. A century later, the battle rages still. This book is about one of the most enduring and vitriolic feuds in the history of exploration. What a consummate cur he is, said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded, Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder.

They had started out as friends and shipmates, with Cook, a doctor, accompanying Peary, a civil engineer, on an expedition to northern Greenland in 1891. Peary's leg was shattered in an accident, and without Cook's care he might never have walked again. But by the summer of 1909, all the goodwill was gone. Peary said he had reached the Pole in September 1909; Cook scooped him, presenting evidence that he had gotten there in 1908.

Bruce Henderson makes a wonderful narrative out of the claims and counterclaims, and he introduces fascinating scientific and psychological evidence to put the appalling details of polar travel in a new context. 16 pages of illustrations.

Synopsis:

"Nail-biting true adventure."--Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

"Nail-biting true adventure."--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Bruce Henderson is the author and coauthor of many nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393327380
Author:
Henderson, Bruce
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Henderson, Bruce B.
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
United states
Subject:
North pole
Subject:
Polar regions Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Arctic and Antarctic-General
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.875 lb

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393327380 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Nail-biting true adventure.--Kirkus Reviews

In 1909, two men laid rival claims to this crown jewel of exploration. A century later, the battle rages still. This book is about one of the most enduring and vitriolic feuds in the history of exploration. What a consummate cur he is, said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded, Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder.

They had started out as friends and shipmates, with Cook, a doctor, accompanying Peary, a civil engineer, on an expedition to northern Greenland in 1891. Peary's leg was shattered in an accident, and without Cook's care he might never have walked again. But by the summer of 1909, all the goodwill was gone. Peary said he had reached the Pole in September 1909; Cook scooped him, presenting evidence that he had gotten there in 1908.

Bruce Henderson makes a wonderful narrative out of the claims and counterclaims, and he introduces fascinating scientific and psychological evidence to put the appalling details of polar travel in a new context. 16 pages of illustrations.

"Synopsis" by , "Nail-biting true adventure."--Kirkus Reviews
"Synopsis" by , "Nail-biting true adventure."--Kirkus Reviews
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