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101. South Light: A Journey to the
102. To the Arctic: An Introduction
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104. Lost in the Arctic: Explorations
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106. Tundra: Selections from the Great
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107. Paddle to the Arctic : The Incredible
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101. South Light: A Journey to the Last Continent
by Michael Parfit
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Asin: 0020236204
Catlog: Book (1987-05-01)
Publisher: Collier Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Evocative, incisive view of the world's last true wilderness
Written with style and love, this book paints evocative pictures of the Antartic. The way the book is put together enables one to travel as a freind and experience some of the awe and splendore of the place. A deep feeling of lose came over me when I had finished.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of modern Antarctic travel.
This is definately written from the perspective of the Antarctic traveler turned forever into the Antarctic lover. Though well written, with flavorful descriptions, I fear that its appeal would miss many. As I have traveled to Antarctica, I found endless identification with much of the text. I feel that its strength lies in its ability to evoke strong rememberance of such adventures, but perhaps some of the terminology would be lost on those without the same memory to draw upon! Too bad, it is like reading an old love letter... ... Read more

102. To the Arctic: An Introduction to the Far Northern World (Wiley Science Editions)
by Steven B. Young
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Catlog: Book (1989-01-01)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
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An engaging and informative guide to the natural history of the vast, forbidding Arctic region. In clear and elegant prose, the author details the history, flora and fauna, geology, and importance of the far northern world. He covers such topics as the ice ages, glaciers and other geologic formations, weather, birds and animals of the tundra, the great northern forests, and man's arctic explorations. Illustrated. ... Read more

103. A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
by Matthew A. Henson
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Henson's autobiography retells the explorer's 400-mile polar trek by dogsled over treacherous ice with Robert E. Peary in 1909. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars cheers to Henson
I've always had a soft spot for Henson ever since Peary was quoted as saying he took Henson, a black man, with him because he didn't want to share the honor of reaching the North Pole with another man. I too tend to doubt that Henson wrote this, but he deserves a great deal of credit. Especially for putting up with Peary.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but incomplete
Matthew Henson's life was different from those of many other blacks of his day. He was privileged to be in on one of the greatest adventures of the early 20th century: reaching the North Pole. Taken from and based on a diary he kept at the time, A Negro Explorer at the North Pole provides a good timeline and basic account of the trek. Accompanying Commander Peary and Henson in the final stretch were Eskimos and dogs.

The account as written by Henson, speaks well of Peary and their relationship. However, the cover blurb tells a bit of a different story. Of tension between the two men. Of Peary's intentions not to have Henson reach the Pole with him. And of vengeful actions by Peary afterwards, such as stealing Henson's photographs.

If Henson had given more descriptions of the day-to-day efforts, the reader might have a fuller understanding of the relationship between the two men, as well as the amount of effort and the toll on the men that actually occurred. Included in this edition are articles written by Henson to counter Peary's not giving him credit for his contribution to the expedition. These were included by the editor and add to our understanding of events.

There are many published biographies of Peary and his expeditions to the North Pole for those who are interested in adventure literature. For those who might like more on the contribution of blacks in history, try Fire on the Beach by David Wright & David Zoby, the story of the Pea Island Lifesavers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Editions can differ considerably
If you are looking for a reprint of this book, first published in 1912, the two paperback editions currently available are very different. The Cooper Square Press edition has the edge for several reasons.

The edition published by Invisible Cities Press substitutes a neat modern typeface for the 1912 original's old fashioned one, and it has a very nice selection of pictures, but few, if any, that appeared in Henson's original book. It also adds as an appendix what it calls an "extremely rare article" written by Henson, detailing "the real story of Peary's trip to the Pole," in which Henson claims Peary planned to leave him short of the Pole and go on alone. The article also details "Peary's uncharitable actions toward Henson once they had returned to civilization," the book cover claims.

Many of the details of this article are in direct conflict with the book's text. If the article is truly the "real story of Peary's trip to the Pole," then what is the markedly different account contained in Henson's book? The article also raises questions about the introduction written by S. Allen Counter, who claims that rather than Peary being "uncharitable" to Henson after the expedition, "they remained friends and collaborators until Peary's death in 1920."

Oddly enough, the other edition, published by Cooper Square Press, solves these contradictions in a lengthy introduction written by Robert Bryce, who claims to have seen most of the original documents associated with Henson. He explains the differences in the Henson book's text and this same article in some detail. In doing so, he makes much of Henson's lack of credibility, even making a case that A Negro Explorer at the North Pole was not really authored by Henson himself. He also addresses some remarks to Counter's former writings about Henson that help explain the apparent contradictions in Counter's new introduction. The Cooper Square edition preserves the original typeface of the 1912 book, but is not really a facsimile, as its introduction claims. It lacks some of the original pictures and uses others that were not in the original. In rating this title, I have split the difference. Certainly you will learn a lot more about Henson from the Cooper Square edition. Four stars for the Cooper Square Press edition, one star for the less enlightening Invisible Cities effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Work, Incredible Journey, Incredible Photos
Hats off to Dr. Counter and Invisible Cities Press for presenting Matt's amazing account of how he reached the North Pole with Peary. This inspiring work is presented with the dignity it deserves. (Unlike earlier reprints this one is complete with every word Matt put into the 1912 original.)

The publisher went all the way with photos! This has to be the ultimate Henson photo book with restored prints from such hidden jewels as Peary's rare "Secrets of Polar Travel". Here you see the Eskimos skinning a polar bear with paws that look to be 2 feet across! The pictures comprise a significant resource allowing the reader to see every detail of the dog sledges, ice trails, and even artists illustrations from the very rare 1910 Hampton's magazine series. Bravo!

The introduction is by Dr. Allen Counter of the Harvard Foundation. He is the world expert on Henson, a man whose deeds and accomplishment on behalf of Matt's memory have made history. He presents a perfect compliment to the original (1912) introductions by Commander Peary and Booker T. Washington. Much more than that, he gives us a cohesive narrative explaining many details about Peary and Henson that had been "murky". His scholarship (extensive research, reading Matt's diaries, etc.) lets us appreciate the historical context in which the North Pole was attained and why Henson was the key man that made it physically possible. Dr. Counter's 15-page intro will be much read in years to come. It is an outline of, hopefully, a full-length book on Matt that he should author someday to preserve his wealth of Henson knowledge. There is no one else in the world, writing about this subject, that is in Counter's league.

At long last Matt's 1912 work has been made available to everyone who wants to experience first hand Henson's excellent (and charming) account of reaching the Pole. In this respect he wrote a better, more intriguing, narrative than Peary did. Matt is an inspirational hero for all of us; a man of courage, humility, endurance, and great skill. He is still, to this day, a legend in the Arctic where the Inuit people adore him. His grandchildren live on in Greenland and speak with heart felt pride of Mari-Pahluk, "Matthew the kind one", the first man to stand on top of the world. ... Read more

104. Lost in the Arctic: Explorations on the Edge (Adrenaline Classics Series)
by Lawrence Millman
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Lawrence Millman writes stylish, often wildly amusing tales of remote places and offbeat characters (from the South Pacific islands of Yap to eccentric author and explorer Hassoldt Davis, a literary man-of-action whose many brushes with death including being paralyzed by an African sorcerer). He specializes in unsolved mysteries (what really happened to the great explorer Henry Hudson after his men mutinied and cast him off in an open boat?) and odd myths. And he is not immune to misadventures of his own, often landing in extremely uncomfortable or dangerous situations in his pursuit of new—and sometimes very, very old—places, cultures, and experiences. From the experience of being marooned on an uncharted island in the Arctic to an encounter with Kodiak bears in Alaska, this collection features 17 new pieces—punctuated by a scattering of Millman’s best work from more than two decades. Readers will meet Icelandic revolutionaries, visit museum exhibits of penis pins, and unearth the remains of frozen explorers—whose fate Millman has so far managed to avoid—and will quickly come to understand why this writer’s work has evoked favorable comparisons with the likes of Redmond O’Hanlon and Bruce Chatwin. "Millman’s a genius."—Annie Dillard "He is that rare traveler—a person with guts and a sense of humor. He is also a wonderful writer."—Paul Theroux ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars arctic journeys and jaunts
This work, like all those by Millman, combines a keen eye and deft pen for describing the manifold wonders of the landscape at the top of the continent. What makes Millman's work so different and much more interesting than similar efforts by others in this vein, is his irreverant sense of humour and appreciation of the Absurd in much of what he sees and experiences. Simply put, this book is a joy to become immersed in. And it is for this reason that I am grateful that Millman agreed to write one of the front-end blurbs for my recently published book (by Green Frigate Books) entitled Deep Immersion: The Experience of Water. ... Read more

105. The Antarctic Voyage of Hmas Wyatt Earp
by Phillip Law
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Catlog: Book (1995-08-01)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited (Australia)
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106. Tundra: Selections from the Great Accounts of Arctic Land Voyages (Top of the World Trilogy, Vol 3)
by Farley Mowat
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5-0 out of 5 stars Third and final volume in excellent history of the Arctic
The final volume in the "Top of the World" series, "Tundra" is a land-based, rather than sea- and ice-based version of the earlier books. Canadian author Farley Mowat completes a marvellous history of the Arctic by looking at some of the first recorded overland journeys into Canada's far north. This is country that Mowat came to know well. After the war he spent several seasons in the Arctic travelling the Barren lands with members of a branch of the Inuits, the Ihalmiuts, soon afterwards to be completely wiped out, mainly by contact with Europeans. Mowat tells the story of their demise in "People of the Deer" and a companion volume, "The Desperate People." "Tundra," on the other hand, is not Mowat's story, but is taken from primary sources, mainly diaries of those who did the travelling, and is a vivid and intense recounting of the up-river journeying of some of history's most adventurous travellers. Farley Mowat has done a great job of making this material accessible. If you have any interest in the Arctic, or Canadian history, or to some extent, the native peoples of Canada (Mowat has been criticised, probably unfairly, for his treatment of native people in his books), or if you just want a good plain adventure story, I highly recommend the three books in this series. ... Read more

107. Paddle to the Arctic : The Incredible Story of a Kayak Quest Across the Roof of the World
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1-0 out of 5 stars More irritating then inspiring
This is a partial review, in that I put it down after the first 2 chapters. Embarking on this epic journey, he capsizes within 50 miles of his start point and is woefully unprepared to handle it. At this point I couldn't care less about the fate of the author on his future attempts.

2-0 out of 5 stars Incompetence and egomania in the Arctic
When I first read this book, some of the adventures seemed so implausibly stupid that I suspected that the story was a hoax. Rest assured, the events described - however improbable - really did take place. The book is a must read for anyone contemplating solo adventures in the Artic, if for no other reason then to dissuade them. However, Starkell is hardly a suitable role model; those who are familiar with his adventure have described him as "a danger to himself and everybody around him". Nor can much be said for his character; he almost killed his partner by forcing her on when she was seriously ill, yet in his account of the episode, he talks about nothing but how frustrating it was to be behind schedule.

For a truly heroic account of this and other adventures, I highly recommend the account of the late Victoria Jason, who accompanied him on his first two trips. Her book, Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak: One Woman's Journey through the North West Passage, is an inspiring account of courage and generosity made all the more remarkable by the fact that all the while she was battling what turned out to be a terminal illness. Despite all obstacles, she nonetheless succeeded where Starkell failed -- and kept all her fingers and toes to boot.

5-0 out of 5 stars This guy has incredible determination
He was so determined to get to his goal that he was willing to risk death. And it is not hard to die in the artic. It was truly enjoyable to read about someone's harrowing experiences in the unforgivable artic from my warm couch. Although he had a few breaks, like finding cabins just when he needed too, (I don't think that early adventurers had that option or GPS, and they died for it)he still faced the natural elements without wining and worked hard when others would have quit. This was a great adventure story.

4-0 out of 5 stars A "Journal of Stupidity", but...
On first getting into this book, it occurred to me that "Journal of Stupidity" might be a more apt title for this personal account of poor planning, false ambition and misplaced energies. I regret to report that continued reading only reinforces this judgement. On reflection though, it must be said that the book conveys an honest and gripping first person portrayal of the man with all his faults and the expedition that never should have happened (hence my 4-star rating). This book is a MUST READ for any would be, modern day Franklins. Finally, I must express my empathy for the author's sometime paddling partner, Victoria Jason, whose shortened voyage will probably not warrant a book of her own, but whose measured sense of adventure and rational mind earns 5 stars from me. (REVIEWER'S CORRECTION: Victoria Jason did indeed write her book - see above review)

1-0 out of 5 stars Respect for what he achieved, but at what cost?
Well, I hope that when I'm nearing 60, I have the strength and energy of Don Starkell.

That said, I sure hope I also have more common sense and less arrogance. I found this journey tediously frustrating, full of ego and "conquer the earth" mentality. Survival mentality? Yes of course. I realize he had to try three times, and that he had to push hard to get through because of ice, but I didn't see a whole lot of knowledge of the land, nor respect for his paddling mates when they accompanied him. And, preparation seemed questionable, as in these two examples: refusing to take a gun into bear-infested territory; refusing a radio because it could lead to an easy bailout if the going got tough.

I found myself wondering what took Victoria Jason so long to decide to do her own journey. I found her book a lot more enjoyable, because she seemed a lot less caught up in telling the reader how tough she is, and she told me more about the land through which she passes.

Book is reasonably edited, and the pictures are a welcome addition. ... Read more

108. Daughter Father Canoe Coming of age in the sub-arctic and other stories of Snowdrift River and Nonacho Lake
by Rob Kesselring
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Rob Kesselring deftly mingles the story of his daughter's "coming of age" canoe trip in the wilderness of the Canadian Northwest Territories with his own life experiences in the region. The result is a story that will have you alternately rolling with laughter, clinging to the edge of your seat, and seeking out your own children to hold in your arms. Rob's down to earth writing style lends itself perfectly to this joyful narrative. By the end of the book you will feel like you've shared in their incredible bonding experience. Enjoy! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for dads of daughters or any outdoor enthusiest
I was given the book for my 40th birthday and couldn't put it down! It has been my dream to go on an adventure with each of my children when they "come of age" and this book has inspired me to not be afraid to do it. Kesslrings stories bring the lives of the people of the NWT to life. Not only did it tell the story of a somewhat unknown people, but it also reminded me of the important milestones that every parent must take with their children. The book was inspiring to me and a great reminder of the important role we parents play in our kids lives. It's an easy, fun and inspiring read! ... Read more

109. 21st Century Complete Guide to South Pole Research, Antarctica, and Antarctic Research Stations, Icebergs and Meteorites
by World Spaceflight News
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Publisher: Progressive Management
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This electronic book on CD-ROMpresents the complete story of U.S. research at theSouth Pole.It covers its subject matter with anextensive array of color images, charts, graphs andmaps, with special emphasis on naturalphenomenon (including icebergs and icebergdevelopment) and research stations and equipment.Antarctic research stations covered include theAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station, McMurdoStation, Palmer Station, and Vostok Station.SouthPole Station construction and modernization isextensively covered and documented.Geographicalareas covered include Ellsworth Land, Filchner- Ronne Ice Shelf, the George V Coast,Gondwanaland, Lake Hoare, Larsen Ice Shelf,McMurdo Dry Valley, the Mount Erebus volcano,Mount Moulton, the Oates Coast, Pine IslandGlacier, Ross Sea, Transarctic Mountains, VictoriaLand, and Thwaites Glacier.

A highlight feature are complete reproductions ofmajor official documents including the U.S. AntarcticProgram Participant Guide 2000-2002 Edition, theField Manual for the U.S. Antarctic Program, and theofficial U.S. Antarctic Program Reports dating backto 1997-1998.Aircraft coverage includes the LC- 130 Hercules, C-141 Starlifter, and C-5 Galaxy, theTwin Otter, and helicopters.

Areas of research covered include aeronomy,astrophysics, auroral imaging, bacteria, biology,climatology, diatoms, ecology, El Nino, geology,geomagnetic phenomena, geophysics, glacierhydrological and mass balance, glaciology medicine,icebergs, ice cores, ice domes, ice sheets, icestream history and behavior, limnology,meteorology, ocean and climate systems,paleohisory, plankton, sea ice, sea level rise,sedimentation, seismography, soil ecosystems,snow sampling, steam hydrology, stratosphericclouds, weather. This book-on-a-disc makes a superb reference workfor nature enthusiasts, libraries, researchers,schools, students, and home reference!It isdesigned to provide a convenient user-friendlygeneral reference work, utilizing the benefits of theAdobe Acrobat format to uniformly presentthousands of pages that can be rapidly reviewed orprinted without untold hours of tedious searchingand downloading. Vast archives of importantgovernment information that might otherwise remaininaccessible are available for instant review. Thedocuments are reproduced using Adobe AcrobatPDF software - allowing direct viewing on Windowsand Apple Macintosh systems. Reader software isincluded on the CD. ... Read more

110. Time on Ice: A Winter Voyage to Antarctica
by DeborahShapiro, RolfBjelke
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Sales Rank: 263013
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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In 1989, Deborah Shapiro and Rolf Bjelke willingly set sail for a land of ice and snow. Their goal (reminiscent of the Age of Exploration): to captain a 40-foot sailboat, the Northern Light, from Sweden to the Antarctic Peninsula and back, and overwinter in one of the earth's most beautiful yet inhospitable places. During the 28,000-nautical-mile trip, they endured battering seas, treacherous ice flows, and complete isolation while frozen at the bottom of the world. Time on Ice is the result of their struggles and ultimate achievement. In alternating chapters, the married coauthors recount a remarkable three-year odyssey that peaks with their interment in an Antarctic winter. But the awe-inspiring vistas, seldom-seen wildlife, and personal discoveries far outweigh the dangers. This is a fascinating journey to one of the world's wildest and loneliest places. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Sail to Antarctica
An incredble journey.

Well written, alternating chapters between Deborah and Rolf. This is a wild ride. Most of us sailors/adventurers will never make this journey. Deborah and Rolf are the most likeable and articulate sailor-environmentalists that show us life from Pole to Pole. If you have any interest in Antarctica or blue water sailing, you willl find this book to be very compelling.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice to read
This is a very interesting book. I was amazed with their strength to accomplish their dream. The only negative aspect is that the book sometimes has a lot of details and it lacks more details about their day to day activities.

4-0 out of 5 stars A little slow, but overall a good book.
While I can't quite share the enthusiasm of several of the other reviewers (Viking spirit and all that), I thought this was a solid book and enjoyable to read. It generally moves along at a slow pace, but this is to be expected given the nature of the trip. Accounts alternate from Deborah's view to Rolf's. Of the two, Deborah is the slightly better writer and she sometimes hits on long bouts of excellent descriptions of everything from the weather to their mood. Rolf's writing is more technical but provides a decent balance to Deborah's. This may not be hardcore, edge-of-your-seat adventure (though there are tense moments), but it's a good bet for anyone interested in long distance sailing, Antartica, polar environmentalism, or any combination of these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Experiencing Life
This book is one of the few books that portrays not only the classic aspects of human adventure but the more philosiphical underpinnings of our own life experiences in the clutter of modern civilization. Time on Ice will not only take you to antarctica, but to the desolation and isolation experienced therin. The moments of beauty, excitement, distress and love all connect at a very human level. I would recomend this book to anyone, something i have never done before.

5-0 out of 5 stars I read it "in the raw..."
I have been fortunate to share Deb and Rolf's adventures; I stayed in radio communications with them throughout both their arctic-antarctic adventures, and helped edit both their books. Even in draft form, even though I knew the story in detail, its first reading was exciting. It is truly unfortunate that a lot of the material was cut during the final edit by the publisher.

I've also seen the video that was made during their punctuates their story with unforgetable images.

I know I have prejudice, but I am convinced that anyone who has an interest in the human aspects of exploring will find it absorbing. This is NOT a book designed just for sailors. It is a story about challenge and what it takes to meet that challenge. ... Read more

111. Life in the Polar Lands (Life in the...)
by Monica Byles
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Two-Can Publishers
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A thought-provoking look at the state of our world, how our environment has been damaged and how it can be repaired.The "Life in the..." series looks at cities, deserts, islands, oceans, plains and more (in English and Spanish) - teaching kids ages 8-11 how to protect the environment.

The Parent Council proclaims that this is "An excellent series... Definitely a winner in any school library." ... Read more

112. Terra Antarctica : Looking into the Emptiest Continent
by William Fox
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Antarctica is a vast, desolate place that is truly unlike any other on earth — featuring a 1300-mile-long mountain range, 200 miles per hour winds, and less precipitation than the Sahara Desert, the continent is both forbidding and spectacular. Author William Fox spent years travelling and studying this massive continent and in Terra Antarctica he has combined his experiences with the rich artistic and scientific history of Antarctica in an attempt to understand this amazing place. Fox recounts unnerving experiences like being caught in a whiteout, camping on the volcano Mount Erebus during a hurricane, and taking frigid hikes in which he was the only human for hundreds of miles. Fox also analyzes Antarctica, relating conversations with other researchers he encounters during his travels, and explaining how our understanding of Antarctica has impacted our understanding of ourselves. Often insightful and penetrating, Terra Antarctica combines multiple lines of study to reveal how humans have come to understand one of the world's strangest places. ... Read more

113. Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881-1884
by A. L. Todd, Terrence Cole, Wilhjalmur Stefansson, Alden Todd
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A gripping, true life account
In Abandoned, Alden Todd tells the complete story of the Greely Arctic Expedition (1881-1884) which was launched as part of the United State's participation in the first International Polar Year. Commanded by Adolphus W. Greely, the expedition consisted of twenty-five volunteers who went to what is now Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic. The men were left to endure short rations and unbroken isolation at their icy base when the first ship to resupply them in 1882 was forced to turn back. The second relief ship (sent in 1883) was crushed in the ice. In 1884, the six survivors of the original twenty-five man crew were finally rescued and brought home. The national excitement of their return was scandalized as rumors of cannibalism during their dreadful, final winter became supported by grisly evidence of cannibalism. Abandoned is a gripping, true life account and history of men battling for their very lives as they are pitted against the elements and each other. Out of print for more than forty years, this University of Alaska Press trade paperback edition is also available in hardcover [...] and highly recommended, dramatic reading. ... Read more

114. The Cruise of the Northern Light (Sisters of the Hunt)
by Mrs. John Borden
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Breaking the role of Chicago socialite as wife of John Borden, heir to the Borden's Condensed Milk fortune, Courtney Borden accompanied her husband on hunts and became adept at shooting and fishing. The couple, along with a small party, took a five-month voyage to hunt Alaskan brown bear, walrus, and polar bear trophies, some of which would become specimens for Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Courtney Borden recorded the events of the trip, and this book is her account of the Arctic adventure, from hunting walrus from a kayak to visits to Native settlements and frontier communities in Alaska. ... Read more

115. End of the Earth: Expeditions To South Georgia and Antarctica
by Peter Matthiessen
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: National Geographic
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Brilliantly attuned to the transience of nature and painfully aware of the precariousness of a polar environment facing global warming, Peter Matthiessen provides an exquisite account of his voyage through the islands surrounding Antarctica. In lyrical prose, Matthiessen describes the wildlife he encounters and the region it inhabits, along with historical information regarding the greatest pioneers and adventurers who preceded him.

Matthiessen brings to life the waters of the richest whale feeding grounds in the world; the wandering albatross with its 11-foot wingspan arching through the sky; and the habits of every variety of seal, walrus, petrel, and penguin in the area, all with a boundless and contagious inquisitiveness. In addition to offering an unequaled naturalist’s perspective, Matthiessen’s story takes an unforeseen adventurous turn as he and the crew of the 384-foot research vessel are bombarded for two days by an unrelenting hurricane, injuring everyone on board. Magnificently written, End of the Earth evokes an appreciation and sympathy for a region as harsh as it is beautiful.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Worth it
The man wears his pretensions on his sleeve. OK, I could deal with that. His recurrent environmental proclamations are annoying, primarily because he glories in an expedition that invades the space he wants to keep pristine. Major contradiction.

But his prose is often stunning, his descriptions riveting, and the sense of place striking. I came away from the book with an appreciation of Antarctica and its wildlife. Not a bad achievement for an author.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unexepectly good!
After reading End of the Earth, by Peter Matthiessen I felt a lot more informed about the continent that you exist, but never really is talked about. Other then that it's a continent made up of water that's been frozen for thousands of years, you really don't know much about. He took a place on earth where most wouldn't dare to venture to once, let alone twice and wrote about it. He gave light to a place where it might have seemed dismal and dreary and gave it life. He makes the reader want to keep learning more about this mysterious place even after the book is all finished and done with. He is very detail in his description and makes sure you understand what's going on, and the feeling he felt while there. From beginning to end, you keep asking yourself why would Matthiessen choose to go on not one, but two different and separate voyages to Antarctica, one of the coldest and dismal places in the world. I would have never thought a book about Antarctica could be so detailed and so interesting. If you like learning about new things, and love nature, this is a good book for you!

4-0 out of 5 stars What a tour guide!
After reading Shackleton's "South" I thought I knew a lot about Antarctica, but this book revealed how much I didn't know - the forces at work behind the obstacles Shackleton and other adventurers faced in the quest for the pole, and a greater understanding of the wildlife they encountered. I learned that we cannot understand how the Earth works without understanding how the Antarctic region works - and Matthiessen explains its global reach. The touring format is a wonderful way to learn about the history and science of this region and Matthiessen is a wonderful guide (his poetic prose is Melville-esque). This is my first book by Matthiessen, and I will be sure to read many more.

2-0 out of 5 stars Appalling!
I recently returned from South Georgia/Antarctica and immediatly ordered Peter Matthiessen's book. In his very first sentence is an error so great (Punta Arenas,located in Argentina) that I suddenly found myself searching for further errors. YES--I found them and I'm only on page 31!! Still--I will finish the book and probably find some enjoyment from it, if only that I want deeper conversation about a wilderness I came to love.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book could drive you to the end of the Earth...
Leave it to Peter Matthiessen to take the last great place on earth and write about it with the same degree of enthusiasm he would have if he were reporting on a geriatric field trip to Wal-Mart. From beginning to end, you keep asking yourself what could possibly have compelled Matthiessen to embark on not one but two seperate voyages to Antarctica, because he seems to have absolutely no passion for the journey or the place itself. In tedious, frequently ossified and yet oddly pretentious prose, he drones ad nauseum with details about what he is seeing, but with a removal that sounds as if he is watching television. You sometimes find yourself wondering if he's really even there at all, for when he sees things that should be astonishing to any mortal, he yawns and seems to find it all rather boring.

Strangely, Matthiessen's eye for endless detail doesn't extend to proofreading; there are errors and innacuracies of both fact and syntax everywhere. He thinks Punta Arenas is in Argentina, which will come as something of a surprise to Chile. He isn't too clear on the submerged proportions of an iceberg,either... he gets it almost right once, then completely wrong another time (four-fifth's can be underwater). Playing fast and loose with the facts, such innacuracies don't help his case when he launches into a tirade against government environmental policy. You want to think he knows what he's talking about, but if he can't tell the difference between Argentina and Chile, what else is he getting wrong?

Besides, if he was as truly as rabid an environmentalist as he would like us to think he is, he wouldn't have gone.

Ultimately, Matthiessen has become the thing he seems to have no patience for: a tourist. Antarctica seems to be just another check on his life list, another entry on his C.V., and I had to laugh when I read on the end flap how he has "participated in expeditions to wild parts of every continent." The book reads and feels as if the only reason he went to Antarctica was so that his publicist could say that with a straight face.

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116. The Frigid Mistress: Life and Exploration in Antarctica
by George A. Doumani
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: American Literary Press
Sales Rank: 1408473
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Account of the Human Side of Scientific Pursuit
The Frigid Mistress is very well written, factually educational, and throroughly enjoyable. Dr. Doumani, a geologist of world repute and a veteran of several Antarctic expeditions, uses plain but powerful language to make the reader feel part of this remote and desolate corner of the world, so much so that I shivered as I read the book. Equally important, the visits to Antarctica delivered proof of many scientific facts which hitherto had been largely theories. For example, it was long suspected that the Southern Hemisphere continents had once been one large continent including Antarctica, and then, over geologic time, they broke up and drifted apart. Now there can be no doubt; it is a fact. This and many other discoveries described by Dr. Doumani provide scientific validations, and always in a fascinating way. For enjoyment, entertainment, and being eduated in the process, this licid, highly recommended reading deserves five stars--or more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stimulating and invaluable to those interested in adventure.
The Frigid Mistress stimulated my interest to learn more about the most isolated continent on the planet. Dr. Doumani candidly delves into the lives of men who could not resist the challenge to explore and unravel the mysteries of this unknown world. He gives an enlightening account of human behavior under the most stressful conditions of isolation. The scientists, civilians and military personnel interacted in the most primitive living conditions. Then experienced loliness and a claustrophobic atmosphere during the dark winter months with no contact with the civilized world and the way of life they left behind.

Dr. Doumani captures the readers attention and interest by giving us vivid insights into the personalitites of these explorers. I highly recommend this well written book. It would be invaluable to anyone interested in Antarctica.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book. A very Good Read
Completed reading The Frigid Mistress in three days, a very good read. It put into perspective a lot of the detail missing from a too brief a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula. On thing is very clear, we were incredibly lucky with our weather compared with what's in the book. The detail of life on those expeditios is very graphic and illuminating; so many other writers leave interesting details out of their accounts. Some American expressions and field words sounded odd, but I have been able to guess, or at least I hoope I have got them right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I have just finished reading The Frigid Mistress and would like to say that I enjoyed every word. I almost felt that I had been on the trip myself and endured the discomfort, expectations, satisfaction, and fulfilment. I was fascinating to hear about the day to day problems and all those little things that I have always wanted to know but been too embarassed to ask about. I am sure the book will give pleasure and insight to all readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wrong Reviewers' Names Listed
The reviewers names listed are incorrect. The same name (Carl Lackey) appears on most reviews. Lackey sent one review only. The rest of the reviews must have other names. Better check your archives and apply the correct names to the reviews. ... Read more

117. The Arctic Prairies
by Ernest Thompson Seton
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118. The Worst Journey in the World : Antarctic 1910-1913 (Explorers Club Classic)
by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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As Apsley Cherry-Garrard states in his introduction to theharrowing story of the Scott expedition to the South Pole, "PolarExploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having abad time which has been devised." Cherry-Garrard's The WorstJourney in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gonedisastrously wrong. The youngest member of Scott's team, the author waslater part of the rescue party that eventually found the frozen bodiesof Scott and three men who had accompanied Scott on the final push tothe Pole. These deaths would haunt Cherry-Garrard for the rest of hislife as he questioned the decisions he had made and the actions he hadtaken in the days leading up to the Polar Party's demise.

Prior to this sad denouement, Cherry-Garrard's account is filledwith details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resiliencein a harsh environment. Each participant in the Scott expedition isbrought fully to life. Cherry-Garrard's recollections are supported bydiary excerpts and accounts from other teammates. Despite the sad fateof Scott, the reader will grudgingly agree with the closing words ofThe Worst Journey in the World: "Exploration is thephysical expression of the Intellectual Passion. And I tell you, if youhave the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physicalexpression, go out and explore.... If you march your Winter Journeys youwill have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin'segg." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic description of the race for the South Pole
This is the classic work describing the experience of life in the Antarctic during the Heroic Age, written by a participant.Apsley Cherry-Garrard went "South with Scott" in 1912.Unlike his expedition leader, Cherry-Garrard came home to England - minus most of his teeth, but alive.One of England's richest young men, he seemed to have every prospect of succeeding in whatever new challenges life would throw at him.And yet, for Cherry-Garrard, his years with Scott's Last Expedition would prove to be the most intense and all-consuming experience of his life, and in a very real sense he would spend the rest of his days re-living his days in the Antarctic.

Cherry-Garrard wrote and rewrote his memories to produce this classic book.It interleaves pages from his diary, quotes and letters from many of Cherry-Garrard's surviving expedition comrades, memories, and reminiscences - some of them startingly piercing and balanced.The reputation of Robert Scott and his fellow explorers has come under sharp scrutiny in recent decades, with many criticisms pointed at the explorer's weaknesses.In many cases these criticisms are based upon Cherry-Garrard's own sharp insights and balanced judgment.

In the end, however, Cherry-Garrard was loyal to his dead commander and deceased comrades.The men who died on their way back from the South Pole, Robert Scott, Dr. Edward Wilson, "Birdie" Bowers, "Titus" Oates, and Edgar Evans, had been among Cherry-Garrard's closest friends in life.Cherry-Garrard is honest enough to point out the mistakes they all made, but his concluding judgment is that these men wrote a page of heroic endeavor that is unlikely to ever be surpassed.Read about it here.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best adventure book
National Geographic named "The Worst Journey in the World" the best adventure book of all time.I won't disagree -- although perhaps this book is more about mis-adventures than adventures.

The author was the youngest member of Robert Falcon Scott's 1910-1913 expedition to Antarctica.He became one of Scott's most valued colleagues, but fortunately for himself and literature he was not selected as one of the four members of the expedition to accompany Scott to the South Pole.None of those five survived.

In 600 pages, Cherry-Garrard describes the hazards and hardships of living and working in Antarctica.However, although one admires the courage and persistence of the members of Scott's expedition, it is clear from the beginning of the book that the expedition was an amateur affair.The Norwegian Amundson beat Scott to the South Pole and returned safely with a minimum of fuss and bother by giving a maximum of attention to technology (Innuit dogs and clothing and Scandinavian skis) and planning.Much of the hardship described so vividly by Cherry Garrard was self-inflicted -- even though the journeys were truly the "worst in the world."Cherry Garrard's account of a expedition in the dark of an Antarctic winter with temperatures down to a whomping minus 77 F is an example of bull-headed hardiness and an affirmation of the old cliche that adventures are a sign of incompetence. (Read Jack London's story "To Build a Fire" about the dangers of going out in temperatures lower than minus 50 degrees.)

As a reading experience "The Worst Journey in the World" is as good as you will find anywhere -- but it's not a perfect book.Annotation and explanatory notes would make some things clearer to the reader. Photographs and better maps would also help.You may be inspired to seek out other books about Polar exploration which, like mountain climbing and fly fishing, seems to attract people who can write.


5-0 out of 5 stars They felt like friends when I was done.
As an American I don't even recall being taught anything at all about Scott and his men when I was in school.
I saw a article in a Life magazine special that got me curious and did a web search and discovered Cherry's excellent book.
Its my favorite adventure book of all time and the men were a different breed than most today. Bowers in particular sounded amazing, I think I'd rather have a conversation with him than Scott if I had the ability to go back in time and meet only one.
Sure there was the occasional dry spell but considering the age of the book I thought it was remarkably contemporary sounding.
Most amazing of all to me though was the fact that after reading the book at least 3 months ago I still think about it at least every other day!
Not only that it seems like Cherry, Scott, Bowers, Wilson and Evans were old friends of mine that in my opinion is a true testament to Cherry's writing.

I wish it had more pictures but I guess you can't have everything.

P.S. I can't help but looking at modern things and modern problems and thinking what would Bowers think of that or Cherry, I'm sure they'd be depressed at the overall state of morals around the world and Englands decline would suprise them but in particular I wonder what they would think of modern clothing and stuff like GPS.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's my Benchmark
I read this book two years ago, and have read a lot of true adventure books since then.I can honestly say that I have compared all others to "Journey" - it has become my benchmark!

The level of human suffering combined with positive life affirming attitudes in this book is overwhelming!It's difficult to apprehend the challenges these men faced, and for such long periods of time.Their feats are nothing short of miracles.

To top it off, "Cherry" recounts the story with superb style and grace.In todays world of "keep it simple", "dumb it down", and "shorter is better", it's refreshing to read an author who lets the language flow and uses it with a beauty of it's own.Granted, it was "normal" language at the time that it was written, but even among his peers, he excelled at the written word.That's why "this" book is a better choice that other books on the same topic.You get this one from Cherry's own diary and words, not a modern author looking at it from the outside in.

In spite of the illustrations included in the edition that I read, it would be helpful to consult other maps of the area.There were times when it took some digging to figure out exactly where the authors were (geographically) and the terrain difficulties that they discussed.Once you figure it out, though, there is usally another "WOW" moment attached to it.

If there is anything wrong with this book, it would be that it needs better maps in a variety of scales for frames of reference, and MORE PICTURES!There are times when your imagination just won't do justice to reality.Seeing it in a photo would be fantastic.There are many other sources for those photos... check them out while reading this book.

All in all, a GREAT adventure book.If you are interested in true life adventure which tests the limits of the human soul, spirit, and physical abilities, this book is an absolute MUST read.

5-0 out of 5 stars he makes us understand
Either the Antarctic draws explorers of uncommon literary ability, or something in that desolate, terrible beauty draws out eloquence from those who go there. Apsley Cherry-Garrard stands primus inter pares among south polar chroniclers. With the hindsight of ten years, and with liberal use of letters and diaries written by his companions on the Terra Nova expedition, he gives us a clear insight into the splendor and horror, the tedium and exhilaration of life in Antarctica. He talks about everything; most eloquently, perhaps, of his companions and their life in the snug little hut at the base of Mount Erebus. But his narrative gleams with wonderful portraits of fractious ponies and rambunctious dogs; of killer whales and of penguins notable for "devouring curiosity and a pigheaded disregard for their own safety". He tells of the "worst journey": a harrowing, immiserating and near-fatal trek through the Antarctic night in quest of ... a penguin egg. He describes a barren landscape of snow and ice which somehow vibrates with color and awes all who see it. And he makes us understand why they go back. ... Read more

119. Arctic Village: A 1930s Portrait of Wiseman, Alaska (Classic Reprint Series)
by Robert Marshall
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Publisher: University of Alaska Press
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4-0 out of 5 stars gold rush era on the koyukuk
A very interesting book on life in a small river trading town on the koyukuk river. It shows the prevailing attitudes of the day between the local native people and the miners, from a white persons point of view. Somewhat patronizing by todays standards, but fairly liberal views for the time it was written. The characters are all real people some of whom were still living when I read this book. The book does skip around a bit and some chapters drag, but in general it's entertaining. ... Read more

120. Antarctica
by Reader's Digest editors
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Asin: 0864381670
Catlog: Book (1990-10-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Explore with the explorers
This coffee-table sized book doesn't contain information you can't find elsewhere, but what makes it so special are the many, many photographs. When you read the exploits of the Frozen Continent's explorers, these photos transport you from the comfort of your sofa into the frozen wastelands.

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