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41. Mawson's Will : The Greatest Polar
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42. Antarctica Travel Map
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43. The Man Who Mapped the Arctic
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47. Arctic Adventure: My Life in the
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60. Of Dogs and Men: Fifty Years in

41. Mawson's Will : The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written
by LENNARD BICKEL
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Asin: 1586420003
Catlog: Book (2000-02-04)
Publisher: Steerforth
Sales Rank: 45180
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Australian Sir Douglas Mawson chose not to go with Robert Scott to the South Pole in 1911, but instead set out on a less prestigious expedition to chart Antarctica's coastline. Mawson was not inexperienced - in 1908 he had led an important expedition to the South Magnetic Pole - but nothing could have prepared him for what happened on this trek. Mawson's task was to chart 1,500 miles of coastline and claim it for the British crown. Setting out in a party of three, he faced mountains, crevasse-filled glaciers, and 60-mile-per-hour winds. Six weeks and 320 miles out, one man fell into a crevasse, along with the tent, most equipment, and all but a week's supply of food. After losing his other companion and the dogs, Mawson fought his way back home alone through horrific wind, snow, and cold to leave his own mark in history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!!
I first learned about Mawson when reading a children's book on Antartic Explorers. First of all, I read Shackleton's "South" and found that to be a great adventure on saving 20+ men... but Mawson's is a whole different situation. Imagine traveling with 2 buddies, dozen dogs, plenty of food, and equipment. Now imagine that being taken away from you in the middle of Antartica, hundred miles from base camp! What a survival story! What emotions he must have went through! It was Providence that saved him! Read this story especially if you are interested in your own faith and positive attitude.
WOW!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you think life is tough...
There is something buried deep within us all called the survival instinct. It's in the cancer patient fighting for another day no matter how painful, it's in the Apollo 13 astronauts alone and thousands of miles from safety, the lone sailor or even that person you pass on the street and barely notice.

Perhaps it's the result of 4 billion years of evolution, an involuntary reaction to the need to continue the species forward. Or maybe it's altogether more spiritual, part of the journey that gives life meaning and value. Whatever, clearly it's a very important part of what makes us who we are.

But in these comfortably numb times, it's all too easy to lose touch with these very basic principles of existence. We are not challenged for survival and we barely understand that such a need can exist.

Which is why Mawson's Will, the story of the epic battle for life by Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson, is more than just an epic tale of adventure. While his lonely struggle to cross 300 miles of frozen wasteland after the death of his colleagues is in itself a wonderful tale of courage and resourcefulness, it resonates far deeper than just an explorer's tale.

Wracked by the pain of mysterious illness (later discovered to be fatal levels of Vitamin A poison from eating husky dog livers to stay alive) and caught in the most hostile environment on the planet, Mawson has many reasons to give up. Agony, loneliness and despair were his constant companions. On more than one occasion, dangling suspended by a rope through a fallen crevice all it would take was to reach into his pocket for the knife that would cut the thin line that held him in limbo. It a moment it would be over, the pain and useless struggle over.

But Mawson refused to succumb, and eventually, through extraordinary efforts, survived. Even to this day it hard to imagine how.

In his wonderful account of this story, culled mostly from Mawson's own heart wrenching diary of the events, veteran Australian writer Lennard Bickell has managed to capture superbly the details of Mawson's battle to survive.

While he spends little time contemplating the inner meaning of such a struggle, it is plainly there for the reader to contemplate. We are left to consider our own resources, our own inner strength. For anyone involved in a difficult situation that requires courage and fortitude, 'Mawson's Will' is an inspiration. And for those of us merely intrigued by the real nature of existence, here at least is a definition of the outer borders of human willpower, that strange and unknown land where the real world meets the spiritual.

A wonderful book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must for the hard-core Antarctic fan
It's remarkable that people well-versed in the classic polar adventures of Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott often barely know who Douglas Mawson is. Mawson's story of survival in the Antartic--alone and without food following the death of his companions--is the equal of these more familiar tales and dates from the same era. Bickel has a good grip on his story and writes well.

Every reader looking to complete his/her knowledge of polar exploration, or just looking for another adventure "fix," will want to read this story. Readers new to the topic may find they understand Mawson's story better if they begin with the better-known stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most memorable True-Life Book
I first 'heard' Mawson's Will as it was read, unabridged, on PBS in 1979. I soon found the book and have read it repeatedly over the years. Mawson's Will, along with Niven's Known Space series of Sci.Fi. adventures might be all a soul would need if sealed up with only a few books to choose from.
The description of the soles of Mawson's feel as they separted from his body and had to be tied on with leather strips is something you'll never forget, remembering he was hundreds of miles from safety. He ate what he could find without knowing he was slowly poisoning himself with excess vitimin A with every bite. The author writes in a way that makes the story seem immediate and real.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hollywood ending-but real
This story could translate well into a movie plot with little, if any, changed made. I agree with some of the random conversations between characters with no idea of how the author knows that they occured but it wasn't enough to give it 1 star. I also don't understand the giving of 1 star becase the story is great but it didn't include any maps. That's a bit harsh.

I bought this book based on the reviews on here. I am not an antarctic exporation buff-actually I have no previous experience with this sort of genre-but I really enjoyed the story and would certainly do some further studying in the field of polar exploration if another book surfaced as well written as this with as compelling of a story. ... Read more


42. Antarctica Travel Map
by ITMB Publishing Ltd
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Treaty Oak
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Scale 1:8,000,000. Printed on one side. With inset maps: location map of Antarctic continent; and subglacial rock surface of Antarctica.

Map of the continent shows glaciers, islands, mountains, ice rises, and other natural features. Also stations/settlements. Information about climate and natural features, flora and fauna of the land and surrounding seas, and history printed on map. ... Read more


43. The Man Who Mapped the Arctic : The Intrepid Life of George Back, Franklin's Lieutenant
by Peter Steele
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-09)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the mid-1800s, George Back went on three Arctic expeditions with Sir John Franklin across the barren lands of the Canadian north. But unlike Franklin, Back lived to tell his tales in journals, drawings, watercolors, and maps. Noted writer Peter Steele drew on these sources, along with contemporary accounts, to craft this gripping tale of resilience in the face of incredible odds.

The book thrillingly recounts the near-impossible circumstances of these expeditions — the fights with the Hudson Bay Company, rations that failed to get through, even cannibalism. Back survived these horrors to lead an exploration of the Great Fish River, now named Back River in his honor. His return upstream, hauling his handmade boat up 83 sets of rapids, is one of the greatest-ever feats of heroism and endurance.

A gifted artist and mapmaker, Back was a brave explorer forgotten by history. Steele does him belated justice with this fascinating account. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Author Who Does Extensive Field Research
As a resident of the Alaskan Arctic, I find it refreshing to read a book by a biographer who does not just sit at the computer, or camp out in a stately library somewhere. Steele, a doctor and mountaineer, as well as a biographer, actually went out and retraced the distant and remote routes across Northern Canada --the same routes of his subject--British explorer George Back. He followed the exploits of Back on foot, and also by canoe, boat and plane, including a forced landing on a remote lake.
Steele also traveled to Back's birthplace in the Cheshire area of England, and the areas of France where he was held as a prisoner of war well before he reached he age of 20.
Much has been written about a contemporary of Back's, the courageous John Franklin, but much less about Back himself. Perhaps this is because Franklin and his 129 crewmen perished in a tragic search for the Northwest Passage. Steele's book should help Arctic enthusiasts learn more about Back, Franklin's Lieutenant on three earlier Arctic expeditions.
Back, who served in the British Navy as a teenager, and spent five years in French prisons, showed early maturity, a very hearty constitution and a strong will. He successfully explored vast areas of Northern Canada and discovered and traveled the Back River, including shooting its 83 rapids.
Steele, reflecting his medical background, notes that Back died in his bed at a relatively advanced age (for that time) of 82 years old. Back kept very active, and was also a fine mapmaker and artist.
Steele also provides a social and economic profile of England in the early and mid 1800's, to show the rather limited options for many bright and ambitious young citizens. Thus, Arctic exploration, despite all its dangers, became a way up and out from a rather entrenched power structure.
I could feel the inner drive of explorers like Back, Franklin, Parry and others as they sailed out of English ports, bound for uncharted Arctic waters, and expected to be gone for years at a time, with no way of communicating good or bad news, or getting rescued. Kind of like our space program at present, although we do have much more communication, but still plenty of risk.
Pick up this book like I did, during several months when the sun does not rise above the horizon in Arctic Alaska. Find a comfortable chair by a sturdy floor lamp, and call your Greenland Husky or other faithful dog to your side, and return again to the days of George Back and his Arctic explorations.
Earl

4-0 out of 5 stars Great read!
We need more of this kind of book in Canada.

This was a fun read. The only complaint I have is the maps could have helped illustrate the routes taken. ... Read more


44. Farthest North (Modern Library Exploration)
by FRIDJTOF NANSEN
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-17)
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The Modern Library has unearthed a classic. The long out-of-print Farthest North, one of the first titles in the library's Exploration series, recounts Dr. Fridtjof Nansen's epic 1893 pursuit of the North Pole. Like Jon Krakauer, the series' editor, Nansen was the chronicler of one his age's most sensational adventures. But he was also much more: statesman and explorer, scientist and sex symbol, Nansen's singular character and remarkable spirit demand attention and respect. It's hard to fathom how a story with such an alluring hero was forgotten in the first place.

The good doctor entered the limelight after his landmark first crossing of Greenland in 1888. Shortly after, he concocted a brilliant (or lunatic, depending on whom you asked) scheme to conquer the pole. He and a small crew would freeze a specially designed boat in the ice and drift with the Arctic current, which he believed would carry him from the coast of Siberia northwest to the pole. In mid-voyage, he realized that the current would not carry him far enough. Undaunted, he and a companion set out across the ice with a dogsled. Nansen was left for dead, but when he stumbled upon another exploration team more than a year later--having reached farther north than anyone before him--he returned to Norway an international sensation.

This book, the chronicle of that journey, was hurriedly written to capitalize on that sensation. Penned in only two months, it lacks literary polish, but Nansen's eye for detail and indomitable spirit shine through. Because he wrote while still thawing from his adventures, his story has an exciting immediacy, one that the passing of a century has done little to diminish. As a historical document, as an epic adventure, and as a revival of a worthy hero long forgotten, Farthest North is a tale well worth remembering. --Andrew Nieland ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Adventure - And a True Story
If you like adventure, this one is for you.
This one is in the same genre as Shackleton's Amazing Adventure
and The Last Place on Earth, both of which I really
enjoyed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Would be Better as a Three Book Series.
Skip the preparation section unless you are really interested in how many tons of coal or potatoes Nansen took along. Skip the final section by Sverdrup on his return from the ice unless you have trouble sleeping at night. The only part really worth reading is the tale of Nansen and his partner 'walking' home (close to home anyway) over the ice. Nansen wrote this from the comfort of his home but still has a casual attitude to this amazing 'walk'.

5-0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story of survival
If you are a fan of Arctic and Antarctic adventure stories then this is one you don't want to miss. The great explorer Fridtjof Nansen left Norway in 1893 on the Fram, a ship especially designed to withstand the pressure of the frozen northern sea. Nansen's intention was to drift, locked in the ice, to the North Pole. Eventually, he determines that his theory of drifting to his destination will not be possible, so he and another crewman leave the ship and continue towards the Pole by dogsled. The Fram continues drifting in the ice and Nansen and his partner have no hope of returning to the ship. The story unfolds over a period of three years and you can't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens to Nansen and the crew of the Fram.

4-0 out of 5 stars A valuable 1890s historic document of arctic exploration
I share the wonder of others at Nansen's achievements in advancing the art of arctic exploration many important steps forward. This pioneer recognized that the "North Pole" was neither frozen land nor solid ice but rather, slowly moving ice. Nansen designed his ship the "Fram" to not only withstand the movement of ice but to use it to his advantage. He planned for several years of drift in arctic ice with no hope of rescue if things went badly. Before his voyage, he was dismissed (as other explorers before him) as a reckless nut case. On the trip, he occupied his crew with scientific study, ship maintenance, and occasional celebrations and treats. Nansen grew impatient with his plan, left the Fram to the care of his crew, and journeyed with one other crew member on a double-dogsled slog for the Pole. The two men mushed until blocked (300 miles from the Pole); heading home, they got lost when their watches stopped and they could no longer orient themselves on the map, GPS being unavailable at the time ;-). The two groups of explorers simultaneously arrived home by separate eventful journeys. This is a remarkable story of successes and misses.

"Farthest North" combines Nansen's post-trip narratives of events with many verbatim daily journal entries. These passages, as in most diaries, are understandably highly repetitive and at times lack focus. (It's easy enough to skim until finding something more engaging.) I found Nansen's descriptions of the polar darkness lasting many weeks each winter and its effects on morale particularly compelling. Also well recounted was the nerve-wracking grinding and pressure of the ice upon the "Fram" with the underlying danger of shipwreck in the Arctic. I was also moved by Nansen's bitter frustrations at the forward-then-back progress north and at his exhaustion trying to move dog sleds across uneven tundra. The map of the journey is hard to read or to match with the text, unfortunately. Conversely, the trip's black and white photos that match faces to names add much to the book. This edition of "Farthest North" was abridged from an original two-volume set. I for one did not, however, want more text to read and would have appreciated additional editing. Even abridged and even as an historical document, this remains a very long book.

One caution not mentioned in other reviews here to date: attitudes of Nansen towards wilderness and wildlife will likely bother some readers. Nansen's view of an animal could be characterized as, "Shoot it... unless it's a sled dog we need... at the moment." Polar bears (including cubs), whales, fish, walrus, seals, birds, as well as non-wild sled dogs and puppies are killed frequently, every few pages on average, and without guilt (with the exception of a few favorite sled dogs whose demise did bother Nansen). One can rationalize a need for hunting because this well-stocked crew had to find additional food in a place where it couldn't be grown. But at other times, the killing seemed for diversion or because, in the case of the dogs, supplies were running short, and a faithful but hungry sled dog had one final service to perform for its comrades or master. In August 1894, Nansen noted with wonder and delight that he'd finally seen three "rare and mysterious" Arctic Ross' gulls, a species he'd been searching for. With no expression of irony balancing his happiness at his sighting, he gunned each one down, apparently ensuring that the species would be even more rarely observed in the future. These small birds, the size of snipe, would have had little food value. To readers who are sensitive to graphic descriptions of hunting that in today's culture may seem senseless, or to raw exploitation of animals for human needs, this book may be hard to take. Dog-training techniques are also notably unenlightened. One also misses crew attention to any need to carry out what was carried in to the wilderness. But these are objections in the context of current environmentalist values towards animals and wilderness-- values that have only come into prominence in recent years. The essential point to remember is that "Farthest North" reflects the attitudes of the era in which it was written and of the people who participated in this historic venture. As such, it offers a point-of-view and a look at cultural values of the 1890s that could not be matched by a modern third-person account of the trip. "Farthest North" is not the way we would choose to travel there now. To readers who can keep this perspective in mind, and can in fact appreciate the contrast and change in attitude towards wild places over the last century, the book is a journey they will be glad they made.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reprint the original with color prints and engravings
I will only state briefly, that I have an abiding interest inarctic exploration and I find that this edition, while very useful,does not do justice to the 1897 original in that the many engravings and esp the color prints are missing. One must purchase a used book to get the whole flavor of the original. ... Read more


45. The Last Wild Edge: One Woman's Journey from the Arctic Circle to the Olympic Rain Forest
by Susan Zwinger
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Johnson Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars "a literary journey . . . with life-affirming energy"
From a review by Kathryn Eastburn that appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent: "Throughout The Last Wild Edge, Zwinger carefully balances personal, political and cosmic concerns, utilizing language that straddles the confines of science and poetry. This is a dense but elegant book, rich with physical detail and swarming with universal themes that can't be contained on the page. The nature of exploration itself emerges as a theme, along with a firm, earthbound appreciation of the wild coast of North America. Zwinger skillfully mixes her extensive knowledge of the natural world with a palpable hunger for new experience. The result is a literary journey that pulsates with life-affirming energy, carrying the reader both to the edge of the continent and to the inner depths of the author's curious, passionate soul." ... Read more


46. The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake: With Seamaster and blakexpeditions from Antarctica to the Amazon : Sir Peter Blake's Logbooks
by Peter Blake, Alan Sefton
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47. Arctic Adventure: My Life in the Frozen North
by Peter Freuchen
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Peter Freuchen had a life of remarkable adventure. He lived in Greenland, 800 miles from the North Pole, for fifteen years, adopted native ways of life, married an Inuit woman, and had two children.

In Arctic Adventure he writes of seal and polar bear hunts; surviving starvation; meeting people who'd resorted to cannibalism; and of the moving experience of seeing the sun after three months of winter darkness. Freuchen's warmth, wit, and literary talent make this book stand out; it is a rich human saga. (6 x 9, 432 pages, b&w photos)

Peter Freuchen (1886-1957), born in Denmark, was a close friend of Arctic legend Knud Rasmussen and accompanied him on several expeditions.

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of This Cold Heaven and A Match to the Heart, among other works. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great adventurers and story tellers.
Unlike many European adventurers who forced their vision upon the natives, Peter Freuchen adopted their ways. He was quite a remarkable individual. His life jumped from one life changing adventure to another. This book covers his life in the Artic, which was remarkable. Later in his life, he wrote a book which covers this material and other adventures (including Alaska, the Soviet Union) called 'Vagrant Viking'. I highly recommend that book too.

Also unlike many adventurers (such as Ernest Shackleton) Freuchen wrote incredibly well. His insights into different cultures and people and his writing style are exceptional. One passage that stood out in this book had to do with him finding out that he was going to be a father: "My whole life was changed, given impulse and purpose. Before the arrival of children a man is seldom aware of the need for them. Afterward, he can scarcely credit life as holding any interest without them." I highly recommend this book, which will be reprinted in November 2002.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arctic Adventures
I have truly enjoyed this book, even more so, due to being the granddaughter of the Great Peter Fruechen. Have had several comments from different people to his books written. I am quite happy to hear of it's continuance of exceeding responds. Nicole Tuluganerk from Nunavut

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read
My grand father introduced me to this book and Jim Corbett's writing. Any one who ever longed to travel should read Freuchen and Corbett. Honestly written, with detail, wisdom, and the appreciation of irony that makes life in hardship enjoyable. I read it every fall when cold weather sets in. I agree with the previous reviewer. If you only read one book this year, make it Arctic Adventure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible story of exploring Greenland... great writer.
Fruechen was an early Greenland explorer and wrote a brilliant chronical of his adventures. Combines vivid descriptions of the hardship, landscape and eskimos with a sharp sense of humor. Freuchen, in my opinion, is the Michael Jordan of story tellers. If I had only one book in the world to keep, this would be it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This book should get an 11 and be read by every adventurer intheuniverse. It is the inspirational story of Freuchens life adventuring in and around Greenland at the turn of the century.....an amazing life, a remarkable man, a fantastic book. If you plan to read only one book in your life forget about Dosteovsky, Proust, and Shakespeare, and read this. I liked it. ... Read more


48. The Last Voyage of the Karluk : A Survivor's Memoir of Arctic Disaster
by William Laird McKinlay
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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On April 23, 1913, 24-year-old William McKinlay, a teacher of mathematics and science in Scotland, was finishing dinner when a telegram arrived. Legendary Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, it explained, was planning a four-year Arctic expedition between the northernmost shores of Canada and the North Pole. It was to be "a vast scientific project," McKinlay recalls, "involving studying Eskimos, geological surveys, sounding of uncharted Arctic waters, and a look-out for new islands to be discovered for Britain." McKinlay would be the team's magnetician and meteorologist--if he joined. He never thought twice--never mind that the crew was a motley assemblage of scientists and sailors, many of whom had never seen a polar bear outside a zoo. There was no survival training for the uninitiated. This was the heyday of the Arctic expedition--and "scientists were in great demand to bring back information about ... the poles."

In July, the 250-ton Karluk departed Alaska. By August, the ship was doomed, trapped and drifting in a solid pack of ice. Stefannson abandoned ship (continuing his explorations for five full years before returning), and the Karluk drifted for months before it was crushed by the ice and sank. Twenty-five people escaped onto the ice, isolated for a year before rescue arrived. By then, 11 people had perished--some in trying to reach land, others by suicide, malnutrition, or disease.

McKinlay's first-hand account of the Karluk debacle is Shackleton's Endurance story in reverse: what happens when an untrained, ill-matched crew meets disaster and barely rises to the challenge. Leaderless and despondent, the stranded resorted to treachery, lying, cheating, and pure folly. Karluk is a story both unbelievable and familiar, and it is convincingly told: how ambition and poor planning lead to spectacular disasters from which only sheer will or luck can offer salvation. --Svenja Soldovieri ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars What is a Crowbill ?
Geat time reading !
I still have 2 questions :
1. What is a Crowbill bird ?
2. No Mosquitos pested the stranded crew ?

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic of first-hand adventure narrative.
A totally gripping true-life adventure, written in 1976 by an 88-year old Glasgow schoolmaster who, prior to serving as an officer in WW1, was one of the survivors of a horrifically mismanaged Arctic expedition. The "Karluk" was one of three vessels involved in an exploration of the Canadian Arctic in 1913, master-minded by one Vilhajalmur Stefansson, a monomaniac fixated on the idea of the Arctic as a friendly environment in which abundant food could be soured. In the event however none of the expedition members received any relevant training in survival skills before setting out. The ships' crews did not expect to winter in the Arctic while the scientific staff, of whom McKinlay was one, were almost all young men straight from University, with no previous Arctic experience. Steffanson's callousness in deserting the Karluk once it was ice-bound, and starting an independent five-year exploration journey without making any attempt to arrange rescue of its crew, almost beggars comprehension. McKinlay's story of misery, squalor, sickness, death, cowardice and heroism over the following year is at times depressing reading, but is always gripping. Of the Karluk's complement of twenty five, eleven died following the break-up of the ship in the ice north of Siberia, in the attempts to reach land and during the subsequent struggle to stay alive under conditions of extreme privation. That any survived is due to the heroism of the Karluk's captain, Robert Bartlett, who with one Eskimo companion managed to reach the Siberian mainland to seek help while the other survivors attempted to eke out an existence on the bleak Wrangel Island. The author's account is understated as regard his own role but it was obviously critical in maintaining morale and cohesion in an ill-assorted group with no real basis for camaraderie and discipline. It is the lack of these two factors that McKinlay found the great difference with his later, albeit terrible, experiences in Flanders, making the Wrangel Island episode incomparably worse. The writing is simple, spare and elegant and sweeps the reader along. It is the narrative of a decent, courageous man and it deserves to live on as a classic or adventure and exploration.

5-0 out of 5 stars The will to live
I purchased this book to send to my son who teaches history. I decided I would read it, first. The author was a teacher and was honored that he was selected to take this exploration voyage with so many distinguished scientists. This book will show you what the body and spirit can endure when it has the ardent desire to live; among the survivors is the Eskimo family with two children, ages eleven and three, and a cat. This happened in 1913-1914. It will make you wonder if today's people still have the endurance and the will to survive as seen in this era.

5-0 out of 5 stars Way better than I had hoped for!
Unliked the other reviewers thus far, I have not read other accounts of polar expeditions, never found the subject intriguing enough when there were so many other histories clamoring for my attention. I'm still not sure what persuaded me to buy this little book, but I am SO glad I did. I found it sufficiently detailed to give me the progressive pictures of ineptitude, boredom, labor, frostbite, incompatibility, isolation, hunger, despair, et al, without becoming bogged down in tedium. By virtue of having waited so many years to pen his account, McKinlay is probably more even-handed in the telling than he would have been otherwise, and makes the book a moving experience rather simply a bitter one. Kudos to the man, he was indeed a canny Scot, and has related a story worthy of being captured on film.

4-0 out of 5 stars A useful contrast to the Endurance saga
It's hard to picture any expedition more ineptly run than Scott's, but the Karluk expedition was indeed even worse. And while Scott's mistakes were exposed for the world to see, the leader of the Karluk expedition, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, was so successful in covering up his that he was lionized after his return by the National Geographic Society and no less a personage than Robert Peary. This book was written some sixty years after the fact by a survivor of the expedition, and while the execution could be better, this is an interesting tale that provides a useful counterpoint to the story of the Endurance. While Sir Ernest Shackleton, through his courage, self-sacrifice, and leadership saved every one of his men when the Endurance was crushed in the ice and sunk, when the Karluk was similarly beset the vile Stefansson left his men to die. ... Read more


49. Antarctica: The Blue Continent
by David McGonigal, Lynn Woodworth
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Sales Rank: 100526
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Illustrated guide to Antarctica's environment, geography, wildlife, and history.

Antarctica: The Blue Continent is a superbly illustrated and easy-to-understand book that reveals this polar region's ruthless majesty and natural beauty.

The environment is Earth's harshest, coldest, most inhospitable climate. A staggering 98% of the continent is covered with ice averaging 1.4 miles in depth; 90% of the world's ice is found in there. In spite of the cold and ice, Antarctica's shores and waters are home to an amazing variety of vegetation and indigenous wildlife-seals, sea lions, whales, penguins and sea birds-that have evolved in extraordinary ways to adapt to their unforgiving habitat. The book features natural phenomena such as a glacier made of jagged, Jurassic-era rock instead of ice, and entire mountain ranges filled to their peaks with snow.

In the chapters on polar exploration, Antarctica profiles Captain Cook, Roald Amundsen, Shackleton, Scott, and others. Readers will experience why this continent has inspired so much effort and heroism in the quest to discover its secrets.

This book is a concise version of the authors' 608-page Antarctica and the Arctic. ... Read more


50. The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival
by Douglas Mawson
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Asin: 0312230729
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 638443
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Home of the Blizzard is a tale of discovery and adventure in the Antarctic--of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues and heroic perseverance. This is Douglas Mawson's first-hand account of his years spent in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. At the heart of the story is Mawson's epic sledge journey in 1912-13 during which his companions Ninnis and Mertz both perished. Told in a laconic but gripping narrative, this is a story that all armchair explorers will cherish. This classic book is also a detailed account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition's daily subsistence on the icy continent in the early years of the century. Originally published to great acclaim in 1915, this book has been out of print for many years. The Home of the Blizzard is illustrated with over ninety original photographs depicting the wildlife, the harsh living conditions and the spirit of the explorers. With a specially commissioned foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the "world's greatest living explorer," this is a book for anyone interested in adventure and the strength of the human spirit. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive look at Mawson's little-known expedition
After his contributions to Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1907-1909 Nimrod expedition, Australian scientist Dr. Douglas Mawson decided to put together his own expedition, one that placed more emphasis on science than any up to that time and many afterwards. Although his own experiences were by far the most gripping of the expedition, Mawson is careful to tell the entire story, with excerpts from other member's diaries and reports. His style is a little dry, compared to Shackleton's books, but the tale of the expedition is a compelling and interesting one. The book is very well illustrated with photographs, maps, and diagrams, and the cover is really handsome. Read this, but also read Lennard Bickel's "Mawson's Will" for more emphasis on Mawson's own terrifying adventure.

4-0 out of 5 stars The classic tale of a great Antarctic epic.
The epic of endurance laconically described by Mawson ranks with those of Scott and Shackleton as one of the greatest feats of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, yet is far less well known. Read this book and marvel at the man. Great pictures, missing from some earlier editions of the book, are included. Avoid the self-serving foreword by Ranulph Fiennes who cannot even get the name of Mawson's companion on the first expedition to the South Magnetic Pole right. ... Read more


51. Seven Weeks on an Iceberg: Starring King and Queen Penguin (Doodlezoo)
by Keith R. Potter, Jana Leo, Ken Fulk
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Asin: 0811820688
Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 893907
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This handsome book combines magnificent photography, whimsical illustrations, and informative text conveyed in a kid-friendly, conversational style.It's a marvelous introduction to seventeen species of penguins and thier Antarctic home.Discover how penguins keep warm, why they are black and white, and why these "bird brains" don't live in a warmer place!(Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good combo of "funny" and "informative"
I picked this up for our daughter at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Splash Zone exhibit. I had some reservations at first but they were quickly put to rest after my daughter started laughing and quoting facts about penguin behaviour and penguin species (for about 1 hour of our drive home). The book is nicely done with a combination of simple cartoons, jokes, beautiful photographs, and natural science information. I'm hoping that the authors come up with more of this series. I've already put in an order for their other book, "Cat Nap". Nice job folks! ... Read more


52. Arctic Expedition, Leader's Guide
by Lorraine L.Ukens
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Asin: 0787939765
Catlog: Book (1998-04-10)
Publisher: Pfeiffer
Sales Rank: 1172460
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Spark synergy in an icy wasteland!

With this activity, work groups wander into the unknown . . . and they emerge as high-performing teams. Activity participants embark on a simulated journey through a frozen, forbidding landscape, and experience team synergy as they never dreamed possible. The leader and participants will have a perfect opportunity to examine the impact of their interpersonal behaviors on one another, on the group's effectiveness, and on the outcome of their adventure.

Any work setting is suitable for conducting this activity. The facilitator, who does not need to be a training professional, will need a copy of The Leader's Manual, which contains detailed instructions about conducting the simulation. Each participant needs a copy of The Activity, the guidebook to this exhilarating experience.

Teams rarely realize that their combined force vastly exceeds the power of any single team member. In this icy wasteland, leaders will spark a synergy that sets teams afire! ... Read more


53. Spirit of Endurance : The True Story of the Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic
by Jennifer Armstrong
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Asin: 0517800918
Catlog: Book (2000-09-12)
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 143619
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out from England in an attempt to lead the first expedition across the Antarctic continent. What followed was one of the most extraordinary survival stories in history: a ship trapped and then wrecked by ice; an expedition marooned, first on the constantly shifting Antarctic pack, then on a remote, uninhabited island; a daring open boat journey across the world's most violent ocean; a trek over unmapped mountains; and finally an amazing rescue.
Jennifer Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World received widespread praise and won the Orbis Pictus Award. Now she tells the Endurance story for a younger audience, in an oversize format with color paintings re-creating the detail and drama of the expedition's ordeal.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of Endurance lives on.
The current polar explorer Ann Bancroft said she was first inspired to visit Antarctica after the breathtaking pictures and reports of Shackleton's attempts to cross that continent. As she attempts to become part of the first women's team to traverse Antarctica she is passing by Shackleton's Glacier and must be remembering his team and their efforts. The actual photographs of Shackleton's ship in the book Spirit of Endurance and the reproduction paintings of each adventure and challenge they faced draw the reader into the tale. Students are fascinated by the hardships the men encountered and endured. The decision regarding the fate of their sled dogs was as heartbreaking to the reader as it must have been to the men of Endurance. The remarkable heroism and perseverence of Shackleton and his crew is an inspiration to the adventurers in all of us. ... Read more


54. Trapped by the Ice! : Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure
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Asin: 0802784380
Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 534635
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars it was the best
Congratulations to shackleton. And the pictures were great!! My favorit part was where they slid down the maountain. ... Read more


55. Seacoasts of Canada
by Pierre Berton
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Stoddart
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4-0 out of 5 stars Lavish and informative
"Canada: The Land and Its People" is a lavish and informative volume.

Pierre Berton examines Canda's past through the stories of twenty-five diverse historical characters.

Berton also presents thecountry's vast and often stunning geography through the lenses of overthirty Canadian photographers.

Just a few of the excellentpictures/stories include a modern diesel-powered train making its waythrough a Rocky Mountain stretch of track that was first envisioned by19th-century railway pathfinder, Walter Mosberly; the East Block of theParliament Buildings, where Prime Minister John A. MacDonald (a"likeable rogue") had his office in the 1870s; and the rusticthough beautiful Yukon cabin of poet Robert Service.

There are over 125color and b/w photos and illustrations in this mammoth work. ... Read more


56. Under the Arctic Sun: Gwich'in, Caribou, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
by Ken Madsen, Norma Kassi
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57. In the Ghost Country : A Lifetime Spent on the Edge
by Peter Hillary, John Elder
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Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Daring and unconventional approach makes it fresh
I was in Australia recently for business (art dealer) and read two broadsheet newspaper reviews about this book, which I had read before heading Down Under. One said it was a ``must read'' for anyone interested in the adventure game, but ``deserves a much wider audience'' because of its searing psychological insights. It also noted ``the triumph of the book'' lies in the way the two voices complement one another. The other review said Elder (who carries the main narrative) was trying too hard to be original. The book is an original: a duet, where Elder paints the emotiional, historical and physical landscapes and Hillary speaks directly in the voice of someone telling wild tales, giving the feeling that he's right there in your ear. Elder's voice is in plain type, Hillary's in bold. The structure gives the book its pace and deepends its empotional resonance. Perhaps if the publishers had included a note to that effect for people who might struggle to get it -- but personally I don't think it's hard to figure out. If you enjoy literary intelligence, youi'll love the book -- if you like your stories straight up and down maybe you won't.

5-0 out of 5 stars Journey to the centre of the soul
If you love a good old-fashioned gut-spill, especially by somebody with a famous name, then you'll love this book, too. It reads like you are walking through a very strange and colorful and often violent dream. Through a series of recollections in the form of hauntings, famous son Peter Hillary shares the very-high highs and the brutal lows of an extraordinary restless life. And thankfully he does it with a stoic and often very black humor, without losing respect for the people he's mourning. He admits there is a big cost in devoting your life to adventure, and one of them being cursed with a ruthless selfishness, yet in the end these almost psychedelic memoirs are a tribute to other people. It's not all about him. I also enjoyed the pacy, very tight and clever re-telling of Scott's last journey and Shackleton's wild times, as well some fascinating comparisons with other modern polar journeys that went to hell. And i love the fact that the opening two sentences make a limerick!

5-0 out of 5 stars Howling in the face of of the abyss
Man oh man. Two journeys -- one a lonely haul to the South Pole, the other a haunting visitation to the past, as ghosts rise up to keep Hillary company. It's a thrilling concept, made more exciting that this is how the brain works under the pressures of social isolation and sensual deprivation. The son of Sir Edmund has certainly spilt his guts here. But the writing is so poetic and evocative much of what could have sunk this book is transcended. Nowhere have I read a better exploration of the interior life -- the mind -- of an adventuring man, or of any man for that matter. Hillary's partner Elder is obviouskly the genius here, not to take anything away from Hillary who has become a surprisingly more forthright writer than he was in his youth -- but it's Elder who has clearly taken the reigns here and through using two voices -- his and Hillary's -- has crafted a masterpiece of form and revelation. Certainly blows the mystique.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read an excerpt -- make up your own mind
The buzz in Britain is that this book has broken new ground in writing about the emotional life of a man, in this case an adventuring man, and that it is superbly written. I found the use of two voices worked brilliantly to create clever shifts in pace and to heighten the feeling that Hillary is whispering ion your ear. My husband is a sports addict, and he didn't really get into it. I found it very exciting, and I expect this is one of those books that will sharply divide readers and critics. Anyone worried about wasting their money, can read an excerpt on the Barnes & Noble site. You'll either be intrigued or not.

4-0 out of 5 stars Where's the index????
Loved the book overall, felt the writing had a very beautiful rhythm to it, found some of Elder's imagery a little baffling sometimes -- but I have to say that for such a complex piece of work, even for a work of art, it is unforgivable there is no index. (...) ... Read more


58. Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises : of the Eastern North Pacific and Adjacent Arctic Waters, A Guide to Their Identification
by Stephen Leatherwood
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Asin: 0486256510
Catlog: Book (1988-10-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 819029
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Profusely illustrated guide for the layman covers physical description, common and scientific names, coloration, distinguishing features, distribution, much more. Over 560 photographs of blue whales, humpbacks, killer whales, bottlenose dolphins, Dall’s porpoise, dozens of other species, make it easy to identify ocean-going mammals. 563 black-and-white photographs. 17 drawings. Bibliography. Appendices.
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5-0 out of 5 stars the BEST field guide for North Pacific cetaceans
This manual contains the technical information necessary for distinguishing similar species at sea. Numerous black-and-white photos show all important field characteristics. Detailed analysis of the field characteristics separating the various large Balaenopterids is especially useful. Species which have been recorded as accidental are also included. Updating information about the presence of Hyperoodon (or Indopacetus??) in Pacific waters near the equator would be useful, although photos of 'unidentified' Ziphidae are included. This is the only book I take out with me for field cruises.

4-0 out of 5 stars An useful guide
This is an excellent book for those who are looking for a guide for whalewatching. But it is more technical than the average, which is good in some cases. FOr me it was very useful when going to sea, because I wanted detailed information, but other people look only for pictures. Which is the only problem here, because they are all in black and white. ... Read more


59. Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen: Leadership, Character and Tragedy in the Antarctic
by David Thomson
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
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Between the middle of January and the end of March 1912 five men died in the attempt to return from the South Pole to their base on the edge of Antarctica. Their leader, the last to die and the man whose diary described their agonies was Robert Falcon Scott. The expedition had been beaten to the Pole by a band of racing Norwegians, led by Roald Amundsen. The bodies of the last three to die were found seven months later and, ever since, Scott’s men have been British heroes. It is that legend, as much as their ordeal that is the subject of this book. Scott’s men and the supporting characters, Amundsen and Shackleton, his rivals; Clement Markham, his discoverer; his wife Kathleen—give a fascinating picture of English society before the First World War. The story of the drama becomes also an illustration of human and social character. And, to the extent that Scott is legendary in England, the book tells something about the English and their attitude to duty. "When Thomson writes a book, it is time for celebration."—Booklist " "Thomson is an expert: an expert storyteller, critic, thinker, investigator and observer of the all-too-human landscape."—Steven Bach ... Read more


60. Of Dogs and Men: Fifty Years in the Antarctic
by Kevin Walton, Rick Atkinson
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Asin: 189781755X
Catlog: Book (1996-12-10)
Publisher: Images Pub
Sales Rank: 617054
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