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61. Kabloona (Graywolf Rediscovery
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62. Mammals of North America: Temperate
63. Crossing Antarctica
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64. Shunka: Life With an Arctic Wolf
65. The Cruise of the Arctic Star
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66. South with Endurance: Shackleton's
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67. Storms, Ice, and Whales: The Antarctic
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68. Antarctica: Journeys to the South
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69. The Arctic Grail: The Quest for
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70. The Frozen Coast : Sea Kayaking
71. The Fatal Impact: The Invasion
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73. Into the Light: A Family's Epic
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74. Imaging the Arctic
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75. Edge of Tomorrow: An Arctic Year
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76. Field Guide to Orchids of North
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77. A Place Beyond: Finding Home in
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78. The World of the Arctic Whales:
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79. Life on the Ice : No One Goes
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80. After the Last Dog Died : The

61. Kabloona (Graywolf Rediscovery Series)
by Gontran De Poncins, Lewis Galantiere
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Asin: 1555972497
Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Sales Rank: 269608
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening. In 1938-39, a French nobleman spent fifteen months living among the Inuit. He is at first appalled by their way of life: eating rotten raw fish, sleeping with each others wives, ignoring schedules, and helping themselves to his possessions. But as de Poncins odyssey continues, he is transformed from Kabloona, The White Man, an uncomprehending outsider, to someone who finds himself living, for a few short months, as Inuk: a man, preeminently. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
I recently bought it and read Kabloona in a weekend. The result was an incredibly valuable experience that has increased my awareness not only of Inuit life in the Netsilik area but of human behavior in general.Dde Poncins' prose is magnificent, even poetic. Numerous passages simply sing. Whether he is describing the describing bouts of cabin fever at the post in Gjoa Haven or celebrating the renewed vigor of villiage life that Springtime brings, De Poncins's eye for detail is refreshingly balanced and clear. What's more, Kabloona does not pretend to be an unbiased narrative. Instead, the author leads us through his physical and spiritual journey to show us how living with the Inuit has allowed him to become "a man preeminently." Certain passages seem somewhat romanticized, while others reveal the author's deeply-entrenched provincial values. The latter is evident when he describes an Inuit "pedarast" with a mixed sense of fascination and revulsion. But rather than hindering the narrative, such honesty and straightforwardness only enhances the humanity of this book. Kabloona is a thoroughly engrossing read that feeds into many areas of Inuit life, including myths, legends, and belief systems, as well as daily life and habitat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some books stay with you for a lifetime
It's been years since I read "Kabloona" by gontran de poncins. I don't remember the specifics of the book (I'm going to read it again, soon). What I do remember is the lingering humanity of the people. The hard life they lived. The culture shock between my life and theirs. I remember the mirror they held before me, forcing me to question our idea of "progress," "civility," and "modern man". Books such as "Kabloona" and "Black Elk Speaks" by John G. Neihardt and "Mutant Message" by Marlo Morgan tells us more about our roots as a species than many of the great thinkers and philosphers who speak in the abstract and grandeur of modern man. You read a book like this and you must pause and reflect, look deeper into yourself and the rushing stream you were born into. Step back and look at life from a different perspective. It can be life-altering or at the very least a stunning revelation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Left on the ice
I read this book many, many years ago and have forgotten many of the details. I remember one, however. When the old one couldn't travel, they put her out on the ice and drove off. That is so relevant to our contemporary society and the discussions of social security and the elderly, caring for the disabled, etc. We can't leave the disadvantaged on the ice and drive off but must find some way to care for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars A privileged glimpse of Eskimo life
Gontran de Poncins's "Kabloona" is a classic of Arctic adventure, to be ranked alongside Farley Mowat's "People of the Deer," Harold Horwood's "White Eskimo" and parts of Peter Freuchen's "Vagrant Viking." A French aristocrat with a genuine yearning for adventure, de Poncins made his way to North America just prior to the last war. By stages, he managed to go right up into latter day Nunavut, some of the highest inhabited Arctic territory in Canada's north. Yet he didn't stop there. Putting himself into the hands of an Eskimo hunter who happened to be heading off onto the sea ice, he underwent an extraordinary odyssey lasting the winter through, in which he camped with the Eskimos in their winter igloos.

de Poncins takes us into the very private, very communal world of these northern people. Private because, for Europeans, entering this strangely illuminated landscape was even then almost an impossibility. de Poncins admits that his initial impression was overshadowed by the nausea which sprang immediately into being as he tried to deal with the strange mixture of smells in the igloos. Most Europeans would not pass that first test and many an estimate of Eskimo culture has been biased by just such an affront to a sensitive olfactory centre. Yet once he had passed this initial barrier, a process which he says took some time, he found himself in a world unlike any other he had experienced or imagined. It is into this ageless community that he takes us for a very privileged glimpse of the last of the true ice-dwellers.

Although a French national, de Poncins chose to remain in North America and he wrote his text about the Inuit in English, in collaboration with a friend. Not much is known about the author's life thereafter, as he did not publish much other work, but like G. B. Edwards's solitary yet wonderful book about life on Guernsey, "The Book of Ebenezer Le Page," this one book by de Poncins is a major accomplishment.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read!
I came upon this book PURELY by accident, and I now consider it one of the most fortuitous moments of my life! This is a fascinating and INCREDIBLY well-written account of a Frenchman's experiences living amidst the Inuit at the turn of the century--he is honest, hilarious, philosophical, and makes you feel like you're bumping along behind him on the sled across the tundra. I think it should be required reading of every single high school anthropology and sociology class. It is EXCELLENT! ... Read more

62. Mammals of North America: Temperate and Arctic Regions
by Adrian Forsyth
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Field guides help naturalists identify animals, but understanding their behavior is much more difficult. That's why this hefty reference work is so welcome. Mammals of North America is an excellent introduction to the behavior, ecology, and evolution of temperate and arctic mammals. Adrian Forsyth, a scientist and author of several other books on natural history, provides more than 100 species accounts, complete with excellent color photographs, range maps, basic life-history data, and concise summaries of behavior and ecology.From bighorn sheep to pygmy shrew, blue whale to black bear, Forsyth always finds something interesting to say.

But Forsyth's best writing shines in the mini-essays that occur throughout the text. What good are antlers? At less than a 10th of an ounce, how do shrews stay warm? Why do mammals produce milk? (From modified sweat glands, no less!) Why are seals such excellent divers? These topics allow him to address the big issues raised by recent advances in ecology and evolution, but always in the context of the mammal at hand, hoof, or flipper.

The geographical coverage is not truly North American. Forsyth provides accounts for only one-third of the North American species in some families. Most of the species omitted are from California, the arid Southwest, and Mexico. Is a companion volume for the arid regions of North America planned? Even with these omissions, Mammals of North America provides rich rewards for armchair naturalists as well as those who follow Louis Agassiz's advice to "study Nature, not books." --Pete Holloran ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars MAMMAL REVIEW

63. Crossing Antarctica
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Asin: 0440214602
Catlog: Book (1993-01-02)
Publisher: Laurel
Sales Rank: 408005
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Adventure? You bet!
Despite what others might say, this book is about an adventure. Doing the unthinkable and something that no one has done before is by it's very nature an adventure. Others may have you believe that unless something catastrophic happens it is not an adventure, but usually bad things happen from lack of proper planning. Don't discount Steger as a true adventurer simply because he is smart! People who have done a fractional amount of the exploration Will Steger has should appreciate this book. However, if your idea of adventure is sliding a little closer to the fire in your stocking feet while you read about some blokes misfortune via improper planning then read another book.

3-0 out of 5 stars adventure as boredom
This book is an account of the first crossing by foot of Antarctica by veteran adventurer Will Steger and his team. Steger is no adventurer in the British tradition of SCott, instead his crossing his meticulously planned and carried out. Very little out of the ordinary occurs. THe lesson in this book is that most adventure travel is boring, unless disaster strikes! Even a less than enthralling adventure however, would have been made better by a more gifted writer than STeger. His descriptions are stilted and the diary style entries only reinforce the boredom. If you want to know how to plan an expedition, read this book. Other wise there are far better adventure stories out there. Read The Last Place on Earth by Roland HUntford or Endurance by Alfred Lansing. ... Read more

64. Shunka: Life With an Arctic Wolf
by Marika Lumi Morgan
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Catlog: Book (1996-08-01)
Publisher: J.N. Townsend Publishing
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Maligned by many humans, protected and respected by others, the wolf remains a mysterious ancestor to our beloved companion, the dog. Shunka, an orphaned cub adopted by the author's family, relates best to children as if he senses their innocence in the bloody history between human and wolf. Like The Hidden Life of Dogs, this book is full of descriptions of animal behavior that delight and amaze, revealing the great intelligence, loyalty, and social commitment of the wolf. Included are pictures of Shunka at work (he starred in a television commercial) and play, pictures that will haunt you at the story's end. ... Read more

65. The Cruise of the Arctic Star
by Scott O'Dell
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Catlog: Book (1973-03-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Juv)
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66. South with Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-09)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Sir Ernest Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917 was one of the great feats of human endurance -- one vividly captured in the powerful and dramatic pictures taken by Frank Hurley, the expedition's official photographer. These images, appearing together here for the first time in print, constitute an amazing body of photojournalism created under the most adverse circumstances imaginable. As this book reveals, however, they are far more than visual reportage; they also are images of great artistry that capture the life-and-death drama that was played out against an arctic landscape of magnificent and terrible beauty.

The story told here through Frank Hurley's lens began in the summer of 1914, when Shackleton and his crew set sail from England with the intention of being the first to cross Antarctica from one coast to the other, passing through the South Pole on the way. After five months they reached the freezing Weddell Sea and were within sight of land when the Endurance became trapped in the ice pack. Nine months later, the ship was finally crushed, leaving the crew stranded on drifting ice floes at the end of the earth.

What followed is one of the most remarkable survival stories in the history of human exploration. Shackleton's men camped on the ice floes for five months before they escaped in their lifeboats and, after a harrowing five-day voyage, reached Elephant Island, a barren outcrop too remote for any hope of rescue. From there, Shackleton and five other volunteers set out for South Georgia Island and miraculously reached their destination after traversing 850 miles of the fiercest seas on the face of the planet in an open lifeboat. There they raised help, and three months later, after three failed attempts, Shackleton made it back to Elephant Island with a rescue ship.

Incredibly, every single one of his men survived. Almost as incredible is the fact that so much of this drama was captured on film by Frank Hurley, and that so many of these pictures survived. South with Endurance is the first book to reproduce a total of nearly 500 extant photographs, including many remarkable color images that have never been published before. It is also the first to reproduce the photos to a standard and size that display Hurley's work as the art that it is. Drawn from the archives of the Royal Geographical Society in London, the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, and the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, the photographs are complemented by excerpts from Hurley's diary, a chapter about the expedition itself, a biographical essay, and commentary about Hurley's photographic techniques. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for any adventure library
If you are a fan of Antarctic exploration then this wonderful book should be in your library. Many know the incredible story of the Endurance and the trials those 28 men endured when the ship was locked in the ice and eventually crushed. The beauty of this book is that it documents the story with the remarkable photos of the expedition photographer, Australian Frank Hurley. When you consider the time period of this story (1914-1916) you can only marvel that Hurley produced such amazing images with the equipment that was available at that time. Additionally, the initial introduction to this photo collection is excellent. It presents a good recap of the Endurance expedition with many quotes from crewmembers that have not appeared in previous books.If you are a professional photographer, or even an amateur, the information on Hurley's equipment and the story of his early training will be of special interest. The over 500 photos will hold your interest for hours! I've read almost every book on Endurance and this will rank as one of my favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Pictorial Account of the 'Endurance'
This mammoth book is the definitive pictorial account of the voyage of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the 'Endurance', on their death defying journey to Antarctica between 1914 and 1917 as told through the camera lens of master photographer Frank Hurley. The book is approximately twelve inches square, and can easily be mistaken for a (very large and heavy) coffee table book from afar. Once it is opened, though, it is obvious that this in no trifling work. It contains background and narrative on Shackleton and the expedition and all of the surviving Hurley photographs (almost 500 of them total) and in scope is the most complete and amazing account of the expedition I have ever seen.

The text is enlightening and wonderful, but the photographs are the unmistakable stars of the book. Hurley was taken along to document the expedition, and document it he did, despite the fact that it turned out completely differently than any of the men would have ever wanted or imagined. The photographs range from breathtakingly beautiful pictures of water and ice, to fascinating character studies, particularly of life aboard the ship, to poignant photos that are impossible to view without being choked up, of which I place the photos of the dogs and cat at the top, realizing that all the animals, their most faithful of friends, were ultimately killed on Shackleton's orders to conserve food (many of the dogs were eaten.) It is truly fortunate that Hurley was along to document the voyage; mere words alone could never do justice to one of the greatest survival stories ever told, and certainly the most harrowing that I can imagine.

The book is a timeless masterpiece and belongs on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the Antarctic, polar exploration, or man's ability to endure untold hardships yet emerge victorious over the elements.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was fortunate that I could follow Shakelton on T.V. while reading and viewing these excellent pictures. This book is outstanding and I would urge anyone interested in either Shakelton or photography to get it. I could not help but think that every member of this expedition had story to tell. We have heard only a few. Amazing the limits of human endurance and to think that they had a photographer with them who realized what he was filming, and did so for all of us to see.To Hurley was far ahead of his time, and I am inclined to think that Ansel Adams had probably learned from Mr. Hurley.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real treasure
This is the most defenitive retelling of Shackleton's adventure in pictures. Frank Hurley was an exceptional photographer who just happened to take pictures of a journey that without them would be simply unbelievable. Any Hurley's picture of the Endurance expedition is a treasure, and in this book are all of them!

5-0 out of 5 stars You've read the book(s) now see the film
Frank Hurley's book is a mastepiece of photographic art. Having read many Antarctic books already, particularly "South" the story of the endurance expedition, I devoured this book to see the whole story in detail.

The book is a work of technical genius and without artistic equal among work of that era, particularly when you realise what awful conditions he worked under.

The notes accompanying the pictures relate the epic tale in only slightly less detail than the South book, but you still fully appreciate the efforts which went into it's production.

Other members of the crew could have been more resentful of Hurley, due to the time he spent in his darkroon (he was not part of the ship's crew, therefore was not obliged to stand watch) and shooting film. Instead they regarded him with great respect, especially the numerous occasions he risked his life for the best shots. The true measure of the respect he engendered from the crew is the book itself. When the ship went down and the crew faced an uncertain future, all personal possesions bar a few photos and each man's personal journal were lost. Shackleton still insisted that many heavy glass plates be preserved dragged across the ice and sailed to South Georgia via Elephant Island. Still more were smashed by Hurley, once prints were taken (see "Green Collection" in Scott Polar research Library Cambridge UK) as he could not bear them to be left behind.

This book would form an essential addition to any Antarctic library. The faces all became attached to the names I already knew so well, seeing them at the start of the voyage then lost and forlorn next to the upturned boat on Elephant Island tells it's own harrowing story.
This bleak tale is uplifted by the magnificent images, which match the joy felt by all when Shackleton, "The Boss", returned to collect them safe and well. Even as a first foray into Antarctic literature.
(NB earlier reviewer incorrectly stated that Shackleton went back to UK after South Georgia returning to rescue the crew from Elephant Island. In fact He could not rest knowing the men expected his return and after only a few days rest, when his crew from the "James Caird" were ill in bed he took a whaler and eventually got the men safely off the Island several weeks later, after two unsuccessful attempts.) ... Read more

67. Storms, Ice, and Whales: The Antarctic Adventures of a Dutch Artist on a Norwegian Whaler
by Willem van der Does, Ruth van Baak Griffioen
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During the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, Dutch artist Willem van der Does talked his way aboard a Norwegian whaler and made a daring, often dangerous voyage to Antarctica in 1923. "Storms, Ice, and Whales" is the riveting eyewitness account of his nine-month ocean journey, including 141 original illustrations by Van der Does.

At once adventure story and natural history, Van der Does's tale is alive with the sights and sounds of his exploits, also revealing the many powerful emotions that he experienced during this epic trip. The first Dutchman ever to set foot in Antarctica, Van der Does grippingly captures the excitement, fascination, and fear generated by life in the coldest place on earth. His travelogue chronicles an amazing range of adventures, from the harpooning and processing of whales at sea to a ski trip atop the forbidding Ross Ice Shelf, and he renders much of what he saw in distinctive pen-and-ink illustrations that enliven every chapter.

First published in the Dutch East Indies in 1934 and later in the Netherlands, this historical gem is now available in English for the first time. The book has been expertly translated by Ruth van Baak Griffioen, who also contributes a preface containing firsthand anecdotes about Van der Does the man and highlighting the fascinating story of how she came to know and translate this book of his.

An entertaining, vividly realistic memoir and visual journal of whaling life, "Storms, Ice, and Whales" will appeal to a wide range of readers. ... Read more

68. Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole
by Walter Dean Myers
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69. The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and The North Pole, 1818-1909
by Pierre Berton
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Culled from extensive research of handwritten diaries and private journals, Arctic Grail is the definitive book on the age of arctic exploration and adventure.

Journey across the ice with a Who's Who of polar explorers, men of every temperament, including the pious and ambitious Edward Perry, the first explorer to probe deep into the Arctic labyrinth; Adolphus Greely, a Civil War veteran who had to watch his men starve to death on Ellesmere Island; Robert McClure, who claimed that he was the first to find the fabled Northwest Passage; and the flawed hero John Franklin, a meek naval officer whose expeditions were responsible for the deaths of more men than those of any other Arctic explorer. Travel with the adventurer Roald Amundsen, the cool Norwegian who completed a voyage in a tiny sloop that the British Navy failed to accomplish with its great three-masted ships; Frederick Cook, who lied about reaching the North Pole; and finally, the ruthless and paranoid Robert Peary, who claimed to have reached the North Pole in 1909.

As much about the explorers who braved impossible odds as it is about each expedition, Arctic Grail is an epic account of the Golden Age of Exploration at the top of the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Comprehensive and Interesting Book
As a resident of Barrow, Alaska, high in the Arctic, I have found Berton's book both accurate and easy to read. I'm so glad it has been reprinted. My only concern is that my old paperback version is falling apart, maybe because I have read and re-read it so much. Berton pulls together a wide variety of topics and quests, especially the quest for the North Pole and Northwest Passage. And he correctly adds a skepticism about many of these expeditions being funded in the name of science, but focusing on reaching the pole, or completing the passage, and fame instead.

The section on Edward Parry's near-completion of the Passage in 1819 is superb, as are those on the tragic Franklin Expedition, and the very flawed quest for the North Pole on the part of Cook and Peary (which was the most corrupt? A good question.)

The Arctic is a fascinating place. My wife Chris and I have lived in Barrow for over two decades, and we still get a thrill when we see the Arctic Ocean on our drives or walks around town. but the Arctic is often misunderstood. Berton sets the record straight, about the explorers, the Native people who had so much to teach the outsiders, and the fascinating, but fragile, part of our globe. buy this new edition before it gets out of print. Earl Finkler

5-0 out of 5 stars Would like to hear the Eskimos take on these events!
Years ago I had read an article about the discovery and autopsy of the remains of three seamen from the Franklin expedition. I was so taken by the arctic story recapitulated for that article that when I discovered Ice Blink I read it greedily, becoming a fan of arctic exploration. That find lead me to the current book, The Arctic Grail by Canadian historian Pierre Berton.

In reading Berton's book, one can hardly fail to notice the fact that most of the search for the Northwest Passage, which occupied many adventurous souls for the better part of the 19th Century, was conducted: 1) by Franklin expeditions, 2) in search of survivors of the last Franklin expedition, 3) in search of information as to the fate of the members of the last Franklin expedition, and 4) in search of relics and journals that might come from the last Franklin expedition. It also becomes apparent that almost every venture into that frozen land led to tragedy and often death. It seems that very little was learned either through the experiences of the survivors of the various expeditions or from the lifestyle of the natives of the area. One is amazed that after the disasters that followed each undertaking, yet another venture would be proposed, despite the loss of life and the evident uselessness of the pass itself. Each expedition met with nightmarish experiences, many of the men dying of starvation and exposure, and while the officers might receive promotion in rank and recognition in the history books for their discoveries, the enlisted men who did most of the work got little more than an increase in pay if they lived to get it.

Of the rush to the North Pole, all that can be honestly said is that the notoriety of superhuman effort and of the attainment of nearly impossible goals inspired some pretty disgraceful behavior on behalf of a number of, particularly American, explorers. It becomes obvious that the chicanery of ambitious men looking to make a fortune as celebrities did not start in the last half of the 20th century. Both Cook and Peary seemed driven men whose egos could sustain the possible blight of fraudulent claims disputed by the records but not of public failure. What is sad, particularly in the latter case, is that the actual attainments of the discoverer were pretty amazing as it was. No one since has achieved quite so much under the same conditions. While others have been to the pole successfully, it required air dropped supplies and a flight in or out of the area.

Throughout the entire book one is confronted with a sense of a major lack of real respect for nature by so-called civilized man. It is tempting to see this attitude as a peculiarly 20th (now 21st) century phenomenon, but it seems to have had a good start in the 19th century. The hubris that makes modern man feel that he can tame nature with his various gadgets may just be part and parcel of human nature. Maybe it's just wishful thinking.

One of the particularly distressing aspects of the explorers accounts is of the callous treatment of the native population and of the total marginalization of their contributions. It's apparent from Berton's book that the safe return of many explorers was due largely to help from the Eskimos. I think a thorough narrative of Arctic exploration from their point of view-both their own conquest of the area and their take on the European and American explorations-might make very interesting reading indeed!

All in all the book is well written and well researched. It would definitely appeal to anyone with an interest in history, in man against nature, in man in nature, in geography, ethnography, and 19th Century culture. Anyone with a reading level of 6th grade or above should be able to comprehend it, and it might make interesting reading especially for young men.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Informative account
This is one of the few books detailing the entire quest for the Northwest passage and North Pole, a quest which spanned almost a century. Beginning in 1818 after the end of the Napoleonic wars the oversized British Navy was sent on trips to ferret out the Northwest passage. The original man responsible for this was Mr. Barrow at the Admiralty. This portion of the books mirrors and serves as the backbone for Fergus Flemings 'Barrows Boys' which is a similar excellent account.

This fantastic volume goes onto describe Amundsons navigation of the passage and the mapping of the northwest territories as well as bear Lake and Slave Lake. The final chapters sum up the quest for the North Pole and the expeditions from all sides that set out to conquer the top of the world. Nansans voyage from northern Norway is detailed very well.

This is an excellent account and if you can find this book it is a very good read, full of adventure, suspense and containing many good maps of each voyage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Arctic History
It is always a delight to pick up any book by Canadian author Pierre Berton, and a particular pleasure to see what is debatably the finest of his more than twenty volumes, Arctic Grail, back in print. Though reliably thorough in research, Berton's forte is that he puts the humanity into historiography, and never more so than in this comprehensive study of the fevered searches for the fabled northwest passage and the obsessive race to be the first at the top of the world.

Covering such a broad reach of space and time, the story of the laborious charting of the vast blank space of the Arctic could have been as numbing for the reader's mind as the endless ice was for the participants' feet. However Berton is a master narrator who can paint a canvas that is large enough for fluent narration, but is not afraid to slow the pace when figures and events demand a more precise account. An evocative description of the first strange encounter between Commander John Ross and Lieutenant William Edward Parry -"resplendent in cocked hats, tailcoats, and white gloves, swords dangling from their waists, the points of the buckled shoes that once trod the parquet floors of Mayfair sinking into the soft snow"- and a bemused audience of fur-muffled Eskimos, grips the reader from the first page of chapter one, setting the stage for a procession of equally vivid characters and events.

Quite properly, particular attention is paid to the unfolding tragedy of the Franklin expedition and the aftermath of the total disappearance of two ships and 129 men, but other dramatis personae are brought equally to life: Barrow the visionary, fastidious, obstinate Parry, Ross and his near-paranoia, resourceful Amundsen, and a particular favorite of mine, Robert Peary, who regarded the Arctic almost as private property, displaying the territoriality of a tomcat - to mention just a few.

The re-publication of this fine book is a great opportunity to fill the gap in the bookshelves of those not fortunate enough to own it already. Highly recommended for maritime history enthusiasts and those interested in exploration, and for anyone intrigued by the lengths that humans will go in the face of remarkable challenges.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but long
This book was very thorough, very interesting, very long. Over 600 pages? If you don't have time to read it all (I read about 2/3rds) you might say it was TOO THOROUGH! The explorers tend to keep making the same mistakes. Too arrogant to learn from the Eskimos, too proud, too much influenced by British politics and belief in their own cultural SUPERIORITY. Because of the recurring themes, I sometimes found it hard to remember who did what to whom and when. I'd still like to be able to finish this book when I get the time, but I got the gist of it. (Maybe in retirement?) ... Read more

70. The Frozen Coast : Sea Kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula
by Graham Charles, Marcus Waters, Mark Jones, Sarah Moodie
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
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Paddle alongside this trio of explorers and experience what it means to venture south into Earth's iciest wonderland.
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71. The Fatal Impact: The Invasion of the South Pacific, 1767-1840
by Alan Moorehead
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Catlog: Book (1990-08-01)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Still a classic
This 1966 book coined a term that still is used to describe disastrous impacts of more powerful cultures on weaker ones. Moorehead describes the effects of initial European contacts with Tahiti, Australia, and the Antarctic, giving special attention to the voyages of Captain Cook. Early British contacts with the Tahitians are described in fascinating detail. Cook perceived that Western impact on Tahiti would have serious negative effects, writing that it would have been better for the Tahitians if the British had never visited the island. In his description of the initial British colonization of Australia, Moorehead focuses on the mistreatment of the aborigines, including the complete elimination of native Tasmanians from their homeland. Most of the section on the Antarctic is about Cook's determined attempts to reach the continent with his ships. Cook's descriptions of abundant sea life around Antarctica had the unintended effect of provoking whalers and sealers to decimate many species. Well written, this book is a chastening read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book for all time.
They say that history is written by the victor. While this may have been the case years ago, before the advent of electronic and paper printing, it is interesting to note that often small jewels of history can still be found hidden in the sands of time. This is such a book. You may have read the bestseller, "The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughes. While this book is dedicated to Alan Moorehead's "The Fatal Impact", it is a rather overblown attempt to take off from where Moorehead left off. Moorehead, unlike Hughes, is succinct and straight to the point, describing in a paragraph what might take Hughes pages to deploy. But Moorehead goes further by re-writing history with some of the most beautiful and descriptive language ever displayed in word, especially his lyrical but simple descriptions of the Australian 'bush' before the advent of the white man.Unlike many historical essays, Mooreheads style is to grab and swallow us; it takes and immerses us in our own past, and it is frightening. This book is a true account of the effect of the white invasion of the South pacific. Though often sad, it is devoid of token sentimentality. It is books such as these that keep our history grounded and firmly established in truth, and not the often repeated propoganda that is a common style for Western academia to employ and justfiy our own convoluted history...

5-0 out of 5 stars Concise, definitive study on the opening of the Pacific
A magnificent short book which places the reader on the deck of Endeavor and the Resolution during Cook's first two voyages of discovery in the Pacific. An easy read, yet a scholarly study of the consequences of Western contact in Tahiti, Australia and the Antarctic. One of Moorhead's central themes in the book is the Noble Savage, "happy, healthy, beautiful people whose every want was supplied by the tropical forest, and who, best of all, knew nothing of the cramping sophostries of civilization." Cook brought back evidence that the noble savage indeed existed, and writers such as Boswell, Diederot and Rousseau used it to argue that life in Europe during the late 18th century had evolved into something less than desirable. It is ironic that, despite the high purpose of Cook's voyages of discovery and the pleas of those who recognized the validity and desirability of life in Tahiti or on the barren lands of Australia, the voyages touched off a frenzy by religious zealots and profiteers. A half century after Cook had opened Tahiti to the rest of the world, Gaugin sees shadows of something so beautiful that it still moves him to create his paintings; "The overwhelming physical beauty of the woman remains, but she does not dance. Instead, she lies inert and naked on her bed ... waiting for nothing, hoping for nothing, the petals of the tiare Tahiti scattered about her, a dark, conspiratorial couple in the background and all around them the mystical shapes and symbols of the Tropics. On this one canvas the painter has written in English the one word, "Nevermore." ... Read more

72. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Arctic and Antarctic
by Jack Williams
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Alpha Books
Sales Rank: 267037
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Now armchair adventurers can find out about the physical, geological, and climatological conditions of the poles; their unique flora, fauna, and human inhabitants; the history of the greatest polar expeditions, the exciting scientific research being conducted there, and what changing climate conditions might mean to the future of this vast and fascinating realm. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Into The Polar Zones
In my youth, I became fascinated by the Antarctic when I saw documentaries on the International Geophysical Year exploration and study of the southern continent on Disneyland, the flagship television show of Walt Disney in those years. I remember most the snow vehicles traversing the ice and the concern over hidden crevasses in the ice. And although I fancy myself a warm-weather lover with an aversion to prolonged cold and snow, I have kept that fascination with the polar regions through my life.

In The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Arctic and Antarctic, author Jack Williams, editor of the USA Today weather page and author of The USA Today Weather Book and co-author of Hurricane Watch: Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on Earth, I was able to again revisit those frontier regions. I have enjoyed William's other works and looked forward to another well-written, informative book. I was not disappointed.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Arctic and Antarctic is an overview of the two opposite ends of the Earth functioning as a specialized encyclopedia of information on the polar regions from history, geography, science and even employment and tourist opportunities. The book is divided into six parts:

* Meet the Polar Regions Life in the Polar Regions
* Going to the Ends of the Earth
* The Polar Regions Today
* Today's Polar Science
* The Polar Regions and the Rest of the World

Each part contains a number of sub-chapters looking in greater depth at particular topics relevant to the main topic at hand for both the Arctic and Antarctic. The book can be read straight through or by jumping around to topics of interest. Thus, it will prove useful as a reference book for many polar topics. The book is liberally spiced with sidebar tables, definitions of terminology right where the terms are used, and useful illustrations (though not of the quality of The USA Today Weather Book). History buffs will find the exploration history overviews sending them out to read more detailed accounts of the searches for polar passages or the quest for the glory of being the first to stand at the ultimate global ends.

The book falls within the series The Complete Idiot's Guides, each of which stands as an educational work with the foremost intent of introducing the subject to those not currently knowledgeable in the topic. The "Complete Idiot" portion of the series title is a bit tongue-in-cheek and a good marketing gambit in our self-deprecating world. However, having read Williams' treatment of the subject in The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Arctic and Antarctic, I think you could be a nearly complete idiot and still understand his writing, coming away with a new-found knowledge base. Even for those who consider ourselves on the opposite end of the knowledge spectrum, there is much to learn here, and Williams does not bore us with oversimplicity.

With the polar regions so often in the news these days, whether through ozone depletion, climate change, new discoveries, or daring rescues of ill members of the Antarctic research colonies, you are well-advised to consider reading this book as background material. You may even find you too are a polar enthusiast and will begin to search out other, more detailed works.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Arctic and Antarctic is the best overview of the polar regions I have read since Isaac Azimov's The Ends of the Earth, and likely better in its breadth. It will be at close reach on my reference shelf. I highly recommend it to all my readers.

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73. Into the Light: A Family's Epic Journey
by Dave Martin, Jaja Martin
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-04)
Publisher: Beowulf Pub Co
Sales Rank: 87177
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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When Dave and Jaja Martin and their three young children abandoned the conventional lifestyle, heading off to pursue their dreams, little did they realize the discoveries and dangers that lay in wait. This book chronicles their epic adventure, as well as their growth as a family, and the development of a powerful philosophy of life.

Into the Light: A Family's Epic Journey is one of those rare books possessing the power to touch your heart and soul - while it keeps you on the edge of your seat with excitement, romance, and laughter.

Beautifully crafted, rich in metaphor and poetic language, laced with insight and wit, Into the Light will grip and inspire all who join in on this magical odyssey. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Five stars - but no photos or real info on their boat!
Five stars --all the reviews below say it all well!-- but was disappointed that the publishers included no photos of the Martin's amazing trip to the beautiful far north. And no technical specs on the boat or gear, that cruising sailors might want to know about. Great story full of life, adventure, fine people, and cruising.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading
This is the first sailing book that really beautifully combines adventure, travel-logue, family and humor all wrapped up in a simple, intelligent and creative narration. Dave Martin takes us truly on an epic journey, from Bermuda to Iceland, to Scotland and Norway, with countless stories of friendship and peril along the way. I laughed out loud probably 30 times reading this book, and felt tears welling up almost as many. I was a fan of Dave's ariticles in Cruising World while the Martins were circumnavigating, but this is much more mature. The book winds around and through your heart. I didn't want it to end. GREAT Book!!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sailor"s review of this book
Being a sailor myself I bought this book with great expectation of entertainment in reading about an adventurous sailing journey. I was very disappointed. There was very little data given about the boat, its gear, and sailing tactics. The book was about what they did when they got there. The author would go on and on about people and places in Iceland and Scandanavia that you could not pronounce; yet, I still don't know what brand of Diesel engine the vessel had, its displacement or horse power. Sail plan, displacement, keel type, etc., are still a mystery. No pictures or data charts. Did a vessel really exist?
In fact, while reading this book I got the feeling that the author sat at his computer and downloaded information about these places and wrote the book with his imagination
So, after reading about 2/3, the book got tossed.
Richard Byrd

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
I would HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who loves adventure stories. Be forewarned, you'll be envious of the Martin's incredible experiences and want to buy a boat and follow in their wake. Still can't believe they sailed 3 children into harms on a 33 foot sailboat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really great book - but no photos!
A truly great cruising/life/adventure story, well reviewed by the folks below. The Martins have long been a source of inspiration, cruising/life information, and humor.

But too bad the publishers didn't think to put a few pages of photos in their unique book about their unique trip to the beautiful far north. And why no real specs on their boat/rig, cruising gear they used, etc.? Cruising sailor-readers would like to know about such things. Was a bit disappointed to find neither of these --especially photos! ... Read more

74. Imaging the Arctic
by J. C. H. King, Henrietta Lidchi
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
Publisher: University of Washington Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating photo journey of the Arctic peoples
This book derived from a conference in which both Alaska Natives and non-Natives participated. The book is full of photos and drawings over the past two centuries of Inuit peoples. You see men, women, and children. Many photos show them in traditional dress; many in modern clothing. Most importantly, the propaganda with/against them is portrayed. So you see manipulated images encouraging the forced Western schooling of Alaska Native children, or whites parading in Native furs, etc. I am glad to see the focus on people as well. With Africa, for example, people show the animals and jungles more than the people, thus reinforcing ideas that Africa is just a place for wildlife and not humans. This book does have some pictures of landscapes and seals, but they are kept to a minimum. Thus, the (non-Native?) reader is not left with the idea that Alaska is just some wasteland with which American policymakers can just do anytything. Too often, Alaska Natives and Hawaiian Natives get left out in discussions of indigenous peoples in the US. Further, given a recent disappointing case from the US Supreme Court, this book on Alaska Natives is a very important contributions to Native history, American history, and the histories of people of color. (I also think Canadians should be interested in this book.) My one criticism of the book is that none of the photos are in color. I am sure that was done to reduce costs; still it re-inforces the image of Natives as being a thing of the past when they are always portrayed in black-and-white grainy photography. ... Read more

75. Edge of Tomorrow: An Arctic Year (Northwest Voices Essay Series)
by Sam Wright
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Washington State University
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Philosophy from the north slope
Having read Mr. Wright's first book, Koviashuvik: Making a Home in the Brooks Range, I was anxious to read this. Although much of the book is his philosophical viewpoint about "life explanations", a great deal of the wonderful Alaskan serenity and harshness comes through. I am sad to say, this writing was neither entertaining nor left me soulful. I think the author has grown old and yet as wise as he clearly is/was, doesn't fit well into 21st century solutions. I take homage at his reference to the northern lights and Billie talking to him with the same voice, and will just have to live with his first Koviashuvik stories. By the way, did anyone ever find the thief who cleaned out the cabin?

5-0 out of 5 stars I live in Alaska. I couldn't have read a more enjoyable book
Sam's book, written from his cabin 100 miles north of the arctic circle, is a contemporary adventure story par excellence. I'm a recent University graduate in sustainable agriculture now living in Alaska. I appreciate Sam's view of living with the land, not just upon it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wrights philosophy of life.
Edge of Tomorrow By Sam Wright Reviewed by Frank Kadish

Few people are able to synthesize their lives from being born and raised in the west, to being a scientist, to become a minister in a free thinking liberal church, to an be outdoorsman and to put into practice his philosophy by combining it with living off the land as our ancestors did. My wife bought the book at our meeting of our group interested in communing with nature. I spent the last three hours reading it in one gulp. It has been as satisfying an afternoon as I have had in many a year.

Sam structures his philosophy and experience with the calendar and the events of the year in his in his cabin just below the Arctic Circle. His wisdom comes thru the stories he tells and the parables that he creates. With his wide-ranging experience in life, his story becomes an adventure of the mind.

Get the book and enjoy. ... Read more

76. Field Guide to Orchids of North America: From Alaska, Greenland, and the Arctic, South to the Mexican Border
by John George & Andrews E. Williams
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Catlog: Book (1983-05-01)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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77. A Place Beyond: Finding Home in Arctic Alaska
by Nick Jans
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
Sales Rank: 89604
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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This powerful book blends the rhythms of daily arctic life with high adventure. "Jans's writing is a pleasure," said the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A review from the Northwest Borough of Alaska
This is a must-read for anyone planning to spend time in Alaska. Jans captures the norms, customs and ways of the people in the Northwest Arctic region. This was one of my very first books when contemplating moving to Alaska. And I recently re-read the books and realized exactly how much I had missed the first time through. It has been almost two years since returning to the Arctic and I cannot believe the everyday life he captures! Read this for all it is worth and extract all you can from his words.

1-0 out of 5 stars Like Most Sequels........
My extremely low ranking is not for this book as a stand alone, its in comparison to his first, 'Last Light Breaking', which was a masterpiece. I would equate these two books with Tarantinos two films, 'Pulp Fiction' & 'Jackie Brown', the first also being a masterpiece, but the second leaving you wanting. Not that 'Jackie Brown' or 'A Place Beyond' are wastes of time, its just that compared to what came before, and the fact that they are basically the same subject matter, you expect that level of art and when you dont get it youre dissapointed as I was with this book.

If youve already read 'Last Light', and still want a good book on the "Alaska Experience", im reading his latest now and let you know how it is when I finish.

But if you havent read 'Last Light Breaking' and are looking for a book in this genre, waste no time in buying it, its truly an amazing book. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars After reading The Last Light Breaking, I was hungry for more.
A Place Beyond didn't disappoint. Jans writing style isbeautiful, simple, and eloquent. There are few authors who can weavethe reader into the story. Through all of Jans adventures, I was right there with him riding shotgun. The most underated and under publicized book(s) about Alaska. A must read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent writer
Nick Jans is an extremely gifted writer. I first read one of his essays in the Reader's Digest, and I was so impressed, I just had to read the rest of the book. His straightforward clarity, use of metaphor and intriguing observations make the Alaskan wilderness come to life. I personally would never want to live in Alaska, but I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a bit of Alaska by reading this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A bit of a dissapointment.
Nick Jans has done what I did not think he could (would) do - dissapoint. Much of "A Place Beyond" is actually "Last Light Breaking". I was truly let down when I turned to a new chapter, only to discover that it wasn't new! I must say that his writing is superb - vivid, usually modest, captivating. If, however, I wanted a second helping of "Last Light Breaking", I could have simply grabbed my old copy. No matter how good his writing is, if he can't find the time to write enough essays for a new book, then why publish one?! ... Read more

78. The World of the Arctic Whales: Belugas, Bowheads, and Narwhals
by Stefani Paine
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Asin: 0871569574
Catlog: Book (1997-05-01)
Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
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This new paperback edition, lavishly illustrated with 45 dramatic color photgraphs, portrays the natural history of belugas, bowheads, and narwhals--the only three species of whales that live year round in the icy Arctic waters. ... Read more

79. Life on the Ice : No One Goes To Antartica Alone
by Roff Smith
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Publisher: National Geographic
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80. After the Last Dog Died : The True-Life, Hair-Raising Adventure of Douglas Mawson's 1912 Antarctic Expedition
by Carmen Bredeson
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Survival against the odds, a clipper ship, Ernest Shackleton, the south magnetic pole, Antarctic science, a puppy named Blizzard, and a young woman named Paquita all play roles in this compelling profile of Australia’s most famous Antarctic explorer. Carmen Bredeson presents the life of Sir Douglas Mawson from his early fascination with geology to his adventures in Antarctica with Shackleton—leading up to a gripping account of his own scientific expedition to study uncharted parts of the continent. Tension mounts as Mawson sets out from base camp with a small team . . . suffers the loss of his men, dogs, and supplies . . . battles torturous cold with makeshift shelter, little food, and failing body . . . and ultimately—but just barely—makes it back to camp alive. This spellbinding adventure will keep kids turning pages! ... Read more

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