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141. The Sea-Wolf (Modern Library Classics)
by JACK LONDON
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-14)
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A thrilling epic of a sea voyage and a complex novel of ideas, The Sea-Wolf is a standard-bearer of its genre. It is the vivid story of a gentleman scholar, Humphrey Van Weyden, who is rescued by a seal-hunting schooner after a ferryboat accident in San Francisco Bay. London uses Van Weyden's ordeal at the hands of a schooner's devious crew to explore powerful themes of ambition, courage, and the innate will to survive. The Sea-Wolf also introduces Jack London's most memorable, fully realized character, Wolf Larsen, the schooner's brutal captain, who ruthlessly crushes anyone standing in his way. As Gary Kinder states in his Introduction, "Wolf Larsen is one of the most carefully carved characters in American literature....London, himself, seems as fascinated as the reader with his own creation." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Sea Drama.
More readable and entertaining than Moby Dick, The Sea Wolf is the ultimate sea-faring fiction.

When his ferry collides with another ship in the fog and sinks, bookish dandy Humphrey Van Weyden finds himself alone and adrift off the coast of San Francisco. He is saved from drowning by a passing sailing vessel, the Ghost, captained by Wolf Larsen, on its way to the seal hunting grounds in the far Pacific. To his dismay, "Hump's" request to be put ashore are ignored. Instead he is held captive, put to hard labor, and made to suffer greatly under the brutal leadership of the fearsome Wolf.

Wolf Larson is one of literature's most unique characters, and the mystery of what motivates him and what atrocities he'll commit next compel the reader on. He is not the stereotypical pirate ogre, but rather a well-read, deep-thinking intellectual whose best thoughts justify--in his mind--his callous behavior. He is a firm believer in natural selection and survival of the fittest. On the Ghost, he is at the top of the food chain.

As the months pass, Hump is changed by the sea and physical exertion, earning 1st mate status. After plenty of excitement and drama, the plot twists when Maud Brewster, a beautiful young writer, is rescued from a lifeboat adrift a following a storm. Hump is smitten, but so is Wolf. The story plays out well to climax, with classy prose and the best description of sailing I've ever read. A good choice for all adventurers and anyone who loves the sea. --Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding adventure!
Despite being nearly one hundred years old, "The Sea Wolf" reads like a modern adventure thriller, only with more formal English vocabulary and sentence structure.
The book opens breathlessly, like you are flipping TV channels and happened upon a spectacular action set piece, with Humphrey Van Weyden involved in a sea accident/capsize, and "rescued" by a passing sealing schooner, helmed by the title character, Wolf Larsen.
Immediately, the reader is placed within the sealing vessel itself, and as Van Weyden is clueless about the sea, so are we. His experience is our tutorial. We learn the harrowing lifestyle of the sealing industry circa 1900 (the author having personal experience, reportedly).
The claustophobic details of the ship contrast the vastness of the sea. The more cerebral "Hump" (as he's called) is alone amongst the id-like crew. Furthering my Psych 101 analogy, Larsen appears to espouse the benefit of the primal, yet does so with an eloquence that betrays any sort of simple association. The fact that he is well-read and speaks thoughtfully (if heartlessly) suggests the reason he is the "leader" of said crew, and a successful seaman, may lie in the understanding and control of instinct, impulse, nature.
Anyways, that is probably a lot of folderol. What you have is a struggling protagonist, an evil slavedriving captain, plenty of duplicitous henchmen, and halfway through, a pretty maiden.
There are a half-dozen or so amazing seagoing escapades (and I didn't understand one lick of all that "jib", "topmast", "poopdeck" stuff...nor did it matter...) and finally an extended Crusoe-like sequence on an island to tidy things up.
Seriously, this deserves every accolade thrust upon it. It has been named "one of the 100 greatest books", and a "literary classic", and a "masterpiece of American literature"...whatever.
It's simply a great read. You'll kick yourself for waiting so long to have read it.
I did.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cherchez la Femme
I first read THE SEA WOLF at age 12, 40 years ago, and thought it was terrific, for all the reasons mentioned in other reviews: the exciting sea story, the juxtaposition of the values of western civilization with those of the refined thug Wolf Larson, the growth of Hump Van Weyden into a strong and self-reliant man who can hold his own with both Larson and brute nature.

When I reread it recently, I still found the basic situation on the Ghost compelling and primal. However, my reservations became stronger and stronger from the time Maud Brewster appeared until the end of the book. Jack London, the great recorder of basic conflicts between man and man, and man and nature, writes VERY unconvincingly about the relationships between men and women. Maud seems a completely artificial character constructed more as a literary symbol of refinement and whimsicality than as a human being.

Some of it is ludicrous. In their escape from the Ghost, for instance, Maud and Van Weyden spend several weeks in an open boat, fighting for survival and never once performing an excretory function. They're too delicate for that. When they finally make it to a North Pacific desert island, Hump builds Maud a stone hut as shelter then, exhausted and facing the possibility of dying of exposure, sleeps outside himself. In sum, Jack London, one of the all-time greatest naturalistic writers, perpetrates a great deal of Victorian self-censorship.

The symbolic scheme plays out when Larson shows up too, wrecked on the very same island somewhere in the wide, wide, wide reaches of the world's largest ocean, so Maud and Hump can witness his physical disintegration at first hand.

I'm a great fan of London's shorter works, the stories of both the far north and the south seas. He is a terrific storyteller, and it's borne out in the first half or two-thirds of THE SEA WOLF. But the concluding portion of this book is a disappointment.

5-0 out of 5 stars So he wasn't Lucifer afterall....
This is not a book that one easily forgets. True, you can read it as a simple adventure story of life on a turn-of-the-century seal-hunting schooner, but it is far more than this. It is essentially the story of Wolf Larson- and Wolf Larson is the entire mainstream of 19th and 20th century America in microcosm.

Larson is no simple brute. He is, rather, a complex brute. He is a master of men and a master of the seas- but that is ALL that he is. Larson is an intelligent, driven, ruthless master of industry (in this case, seal hunting.) He has succeeded through his own abilities, hard work, and talent- or so he would have you believe. Truth is, brutal backstabbing, deception, exploitation, and disregard for the law has played an equal measure in his rise and dominance. You see, Larson believes in the rule of the jungle. He believes in it so much that he is driven to prove that this is all there is to existence. He must always seek to degrade and destroy anyone who seeks to rise above this state. This is also why he must disregard the possibility of the existence of a human soul. Larson is an intelligent, hard-nosed materialist that simply cannot conceive of anything beyond a social Darwinist hell of survival of the fittest. And Wolf Larson must be the fittest of them all. As much as money means to Wolf, it is really power over other beings- men and animals that means the most to him. Without this power to sadistically degrade and dominate others, the money would have no meaning. Ultimately that explains why he has risen to command his own vessel at all costs- he is a control freak that MUST be in absolute, totalitarian command of his whole world. This is why he only mans his ship with the lowest, most bestial types of human being, and does everything in his power to make them worse- not unlike many modern corporations. This is also why the sudden presence of a higher sort of individual, with ideals that transcend mere survival and materialism are so totally threatening to him.

There are moments when one is almost tempted to sympathize with the Wolf as a champion of freedom- until you realize that in his sort of world, his "freedom" means that everyone else must be a slave.

Ultimately, the Wolf meets the inevitable fate in a world ruled like the jungle. When he loses his sight and strength, the monsters that he has surrounded himself with turn on him. In the last measure there is nothing great about Larson after all, for in facing death he proves to be a petty, murdering, weakling that would rather take all those around him down with him. It seems that despite his grand pretensions, he was no Lucifer at all, but merely a sick, pathetic, sociopath incapable of making the leap into being truly human.

5-0 out of 5 stars The 35 yearl-old wussy boy becomes a man
This same edition of Jack London's "The Sea Wolf" was given to me by a friend after she learned that I thoroughly enjoyed Melville's novel about the great whale "Moby Dick."

I was hooked on the story within the first chapter thanks to chapter's build-up of events moments before the ferry boat Martinez collided with another boat on a dark and foggy San Francisco bay. London's action-packed description of the frenzy and commotion that eventually found Van Weyden dumped into the bay and floating alone in the open sea played in my mind like a thrilling modern-day Summer blockbuster movie sequence.

Watching Hump's character develop from a soft-handed, wussy-boy, puny human into a self-reliant, determined and courageous man was very satisfying to see. I personally think all guys need to go through some kind of hellish (or at least very uncomfortable and challenging) induction into 'manhood'. I also think all guys need to know the essentials of things like basic auto mechanics, home electrical and plumbing, carpentry, wilderness survival basics, and emergency first aid. It cracks me up seeing guys sitting on the side of the road in their BMW with the flat tire waiting for AAA (for at least 30 to 40 minutes) to replace the flat tire with the spare tire in their car's trunk (which takes at most 10 minutes). Dude, replace the tire yourself!! But hey, that's just me, and I digress..

I liked the introduction of Maud Brewster midway into the story because of how she helped to indirectly 'manlify' Van Weyden. Her transformation from a dainty and fragile lady to a woman capable of surviving days on the roughest seas and even finding interest in clubbing young male seals for food was great. She's the kind of woman I'm looking for. A well-read and educated woman who can talk about Shakespeare one minute and turn-around a build a comfy emergency mattress out of moss the next. Her never-quit and optimistic attitude was great. And from London's description of Maud's physical and facial features she was also nice to look at, a big plus in my book.

The loving feelings Van Weyden eventually developed for Maud and his struggle to keep those feelings to himself until the appropriate time was well crafted. Several times throughout the story I was thinking to myself about Van Weyden, "dude, kiss her or do something already." The wait helped maintain the sexual tension between them and even made them stronger to make it to their eventual happy ending. Early during Maud's introduction I was expecting her to experience sexual assault by Wolf Larsen. I was glad Wolf Larsen had other things occupying his mind.

I actually liked Wolf Larsen's winner-take-all kickbutt attitude. Although he wasn't a physically big guy (compared to the nearly six-foot seven inch dude from his brother Death Larsen's crew that he tackled and shackeled), his mere presence screamed "don't f_ck with me." Wolf's attitude of living life to its fullest is an attitude I think the majority of the people today (myself included) have failed at. Yes, Wolf was a mean and ruthless sunofabitch, but I actually enjoyed and found it funny watching in my mind the images of Mugridge sreaming for dear life as he got hoisted out of the ocean only to have one foot bitten off by a shark; and the image of Wolf gripping Van Weyden's throat while casually explaining to him the stages and feelings Van Weyden would feel leading to death, only to take it to the point of making Van Weyden pass out.

What I found to be the most interesting side of Wolf Larsen was his interest in classic literature, his library of books, and his seeming desire to improve his mental wits. His combination of brute strength and above-ordinary intelligence (at least compared to his crew) was what I thought made him an almost unstoppable force among his crew and the sailing circles. It would have been interesting to see Wolf interact with his older, bigger and more brutal brother Death Larsen. Had I been Wolf Larsen looking and the puny and stuck-up Van Weyden for the first time, I too would have kept him on my ship and slapped him around until he could stand on his own two feet for his own sake. I'm glad Van Weyden eventually acknowledged the "favor" Wolf Larsen did for him by keeping Van Weyden on the schooner.

As much of an a_shole that Wolf Larsen was to everyone, I did feel a bit sorry for him towards the end of the novel. I'd tell you more but don't want to spoil it for you. What I can say is that the last rite statement Wolf gives to his dead first-mate at the beginning of the story has some significance.

A great novel that is highly recommended. ... Read more


142. Antarctica: Both Heaven and Hell
by Reinhold Messner, Jill Neate
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Asin: 0898863058
Catlog: Book (1992-03-01)
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Sales Rank: 735456
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best
If I had wanted a book about the history of Antarctica, I would have bought something different.
If I had wanted a book about Greenpeace-related issues, I would have bought somehting different.
Also, everybody knows this guy is in extreme shape, but the way he keeps repeating it and the way he keeps blaming his partner is not to my liking.
Reinhold has written a book lately about leadership, but after reading this book I am convinced he does not know anything about it.
Great pictures, though, and aside form the history, environmental and partnership issues it can still make quite a good story.

3-0 out of 5 stars mixed bag of impressions
This book is very uneven, unfortunately. On one side, photography is splendid, historical and geological discussion are very thorough, the spirit of adventure is live and well. However, I am TIRED to find Messner complaining about his partner on every single page. And the translation is so bad, that one can almost study German grammar from the English presented.

The philosophical expositions in the book kept my feelings mixed as well. On one side (and perhaps this is due to a poor translation) it is full of heavy and sometimes overly sweet German Romanticism; one the other hand, Messner's treatment of the white void in front of him as a meditative medium is very honestly portrayed and splendidly presented.

3-0 out of 5 stars A great adventurer, but not a great writer
The story of Reinhold Messner's walk across Antartica might have been more interesting had it been written by a professional author. Messner's first hand accounts, while interesting, do not make for especially good reading. However, there is a huge number of color photographs included that in and of themselves almost make the book worthwhile. Messner is perhaps the most accomplished extreme sportsman in the world. But he would do better letting someone else tell his fantastic stories.

2-0 out of 5 stars A rather dull book on a not so exciting adventure.
Messner never gave me a feeling of what it was like crossing Antartica. He went into too much detail on all the problems he had just getting there, but was not very discriptive of life on the ice. I was never drawn into the book and thus did not have much emphathy with the characters. Felt like Messner did more complaining about things than trying to describe the adventure he was on. He complained about his life before the trip, he complained about all the problems he ran into trying to get to Antartica, he complained about his partner during and after his trip, and he complained about there being people at the South Pole. To his credit it probably was hard to write this length of book when the story line was: I got up each morning for 92 days and walked. ... Read more


143. Tuning the Rig: A Journey to the Arctic
by Harvey Oxenhorn
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Zoland Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Two Months before the Mast
I sailed to the Arctic on the Regina Maris in 1997, a couple years before Oxenhorn took his trip. Not quite the book I would have written, but I started out with greater expectations of discomfort and hardship. After all, it was the Arctic. Nonetheless, Oxenhard paints an accurate picture of life on a tall ship on the frigid edge of the world, and, more importantly, gives a true recounting of the deep personal changes that take place in everyone aboard on such a voyage. I sailed with many of the characters in the book, and would disagree with the more negative of Oxenhorn's descriptions of them, nonetheless, he does give a good feel for some of the friction that occurs on a long trip under difficult conditions with no privacy. Its a great pity that the good ship Regina Maris no more. I believe that everyone who sailed on her to the frozen north came back a deeply changed and better person. This book is perhaps the next best thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eloquent, poignant, detailed, sparkling distillation
The late Harvey Oxenhorn secured an enduring legacy through his captivating, detailed account of his apprentice voyage on the tall ship, Regina Maris. He painstakingly chronicles all facets of life during the nine weeks spent traversing from Boston to the Arctic Ocean, recounting sights, sounds, encounters, and experiences at sea and on shore in various ports from Newfoundland to Greenland and back again.

The result is not one of those irritating "look, look at me" travel books or the ramblings of a self-absorbed trekker who intimidated his editor into leaving in the most boring of details but a refreshing recap of life at sea, warts and all..

Mr. Oxenhorn, motivated by a journey of spiritual discovery, soon finds his preconceived notions of life at sea challenged not only by the mundane, repetitive tasks that consume most hours, but also by his inexperience and fears that he must confront whether scaling the vertical matrix of ropes and sails or keeping watch in the middle of the night in all kinds of weather and knowing that his decisions and observation will affect the well-being of the crew and ship.

As the story unfolds-and more so as a novel than travelogue-Mr. Oxenhorn constantly finds surprising aspects about his crew mates that force him to reconsider them, and himself, in the context of this expedition and extrapolates from these experiences a growing sense of self-mastery and awareness of interdependence.

As he recounts late in the book, "But again, the main point wasn't the rules themselves. Nor was it to demonstrate someone's authority. . . Rather, it was to break down the habit of mind that makes exceptions and desires special treatment. To replace it with a heart called unity."

Though this notion may sound a bit like the process used to mold soldiers in boot camp, his ruminations regarding interdependence reach a deeper resonance when he argues, both convincingly and cogently, that "We have made ourselves responsible for the life that ours depends on, from copepods to whales. To think differently about these animals is to think differently about ourselves as well. From now on, we must all stand watch. One tribe. One family. One crew."

Mr. Oxenhorn takes great pains to present his facts and details with care, clearly having spent many hours researching and documenting his observations about everything from various seabirds, to the construction and operation of tall sailing ships, to traditional navigational methods involving sextant and compass and stars. His narrative jumps to life as he describes what it is like to be sailing on a wooden ship among "tabular icebergs twice the length of football fields and seven stories high."

The point of the expedition was to study whale populations, and the author provides enough information about whales, their place and role in the marine environment, and how humans have affected (almost always badly) the balance of nature. He provides just enough details about how the research is conducted, what key findings are made, and what sort of future might be in store for the whale populations. Mr. Oxenhorn does not come off sounding like a overzealous, gung-ho Greenpeacer hunkered down in a Zodiac; rather he applies the same sort of calm logic to why we must carefully manage the oceans as agrarian essayist Wendell Berry proffers.

Likewise he captures both the ugly and shining sides of human behavior and interactions aboard ship and shore, pulling no punches even from his characterizations of Captain George Nichols, with whom Mr. Oxenhorn butted heads----and came away chastised more than once----the mates, or his peer crewmates. More than once, I cringed at some of these depictions, wondering if the author might be overstepping his rights, but he never fails to reveal the good, sometimes surprising, qualities of his shipmates.

If I had been Mr. Oxenhorn's editor, I might have asked for more explanation of some of the nautical and sailing terms that pepper the chronicle, maybe a glossary for those of us who will never experience firsthand such an adventure. The map inside the front cover is useful, but not nearly detailed enough, and without including the longitude and latitude lines, a puzzling lapse I would attribute to the publisher, it's not easy to track the voyage sequentially. (Most chapter titles follow this convention, for example, "17 July. 63◦N/54◦W."

Those minor points aside, "Tuning the Rig" is the kind of book that causes you to postpone your own chores while you read about the myriad tasks of "field day" or the duties of the "galley slave." I cannot say that I now have the urge to spend two months at sea on a tall ship, but I am grateful to Mr. Oxenhorn for his splendid account. Had he not been the faultless victim of an automobile crash, Mr. Oxenhorn, who is also a published poet, might have made quite a name for himself. ... Read more


144. Travel in the Mouth of the Wolf
by Paul Fattaruso
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Travel in the Mouth of the Wolf is a lyrical and highly visual modern-day fable. When a freak accident involving an infallible gambler, a truck full of chickens, and a gas pump leaves easygoing Iple deaf, he decides to travel to Antarctica. While wandering the tundra trying to reconstruct his hearing and memory, he makes a startling discovery below a sheet of ice. There he finds Isabella, a dinosaur and the last DNA repository of a wealth of human and prehuman knowledge. What follows is a mesmerizing detour into our species' fear and wonder at the nature of prediction in this comic yet harrowing novella in Soft Skull's ShortLit series. ... Read more


145. The crossing of Antarctica; the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-1958
by Sir Vivian Fuchs, Sir Edmund Hillary

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146. Arctic Adventures: Exploring Canada's North by Canoe and Dog Team (Arctic Adventures)
by Ian Wilson, Sally Wilson
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Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
Publisher: Gordon Soules Book Publishers
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In one actionpacked year, Ian and Sally Wilson travelled 3,500 kilometres by canoe and dog team across Canada's vast Arctic. They also lived with an Inuit family and learned how to build igloos and run a team of seven boisterous huskies. In this book, the authors share their Arctic adventures, including the thrill of having 15,000 caribou tramp past their tent and the suspense of camping on shifting ice. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Arctic Adventures
A wonderful book! A well written and stimulating book. Most adventure books are written by experts in adventure travel. It was refreshing to read a book written by people with no experience with a dog team, learning on the job in the harsh enviroment of the arctic. It certainly took 'guts'to battle with the elements with such limited experience, especially in such low temperatures that would almost kill the unprepared within minutes. It was because of this inexperience that one could identify with this couple, and in some ways wish you were with them, if only to give a helping hand, or work out a problem that may endanger their lives.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent real life adventure story for all age readers
With this delightful page-turner, the authors have drawn together a varied account of Arctic travels and adventures spanning four seasons. You feel you are right there with them as Ian and Sally Wilson traverse the tundra, rivers, lakes, ice and snow of the far north region near Hudson Bay. The insights into native culture, life styles and the lessons of the region are fascinating and deserving attention. For armchair adventurers or those who yearn to try something new, this book is both a travelogue and an instructional gem. The many pictures greatly enhance reader awareness and appreciation for the experience of this adventuresome couple. Very well written. ... Read more


147. The Big Caribou Herd: Life in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
by Bruce Hiscock
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148. Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team
by Ann Dixon, Pam Flowers
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In February 1993, eight sled dogs and one woman set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles along the Arctic coast of North America.Alone Across the Arctic chronicles the perils and joys of Pam Flowers's astounding one-year expedition, from intense blizzards and shifting ice to a frightening polar bear encounter. Inspired by Knud Rasmussen's pioneer 1923 expedition along the same route, Flowers became the first woman to traverse the Arctic coast alone. Through engaging storytelling and journal entries, Flowers offers powerful insight into the challenges and rewards of this epic journey. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
I needed something to read during the benchmarks, so I ran to the library during passing time and grabbed the first book I could find on mushing (I'm an addicted musher). I had a hard time putting it down. The pictures were wonderful, and the story was great. It was a pretty fast read, I finished it that day, but I enjoyed it. I've reread it twice since I bought my own copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THE STORIES OF YOUR ADVENTURES!!!!!!!!!!
Dear Pam,
I am from Burton Valley Elementry and in third grade.You did an amazing show!I loved it!I have one of your books .I have 'Big Enough ,Anna.Ihope to get more of your books.You have amazing and incredible adventures!I am a BIG fan of your work.Can we buy another copy of Big Enough, Anna and have it signed by you? (...).Thank You for your great books and presentations!

Thank you,
Iris Wagner

5-0 out of 5 stars A Reader From South Carolina and frequent visitor to Alaska
Alone across the Arctic was a very well-written and compelling story.I hail from the South and really dislike the cold but found myself very engrossed in this woman's travel across the Arctic with only her dogs for companionship!Once I started this book I could hardly put it down until finished.

This small but strong woman does not resort to sensationalism but tells the true and wonderful story of the awesome beauty and wonder of the Arctic.You get to know each dog's personality and courage but most of all you grow to admire Pam Flowers' courage in following her dream.

You will enjoy every moment of this book

5-0 out of 5 stars Great story of perseverance
I had the opportunity of seeing Pam Flowers at an Audobon society meeting here in Nevada.What an inspiring story she has to tell.My nine year old daughter was impressed by her story of fulfilling a life-long goal in spite of physical, and societal obstacles.This woman, who physically does not appear capable of such endurance, moved from the lower United States to pursue her dream of dog-sledding and exploring in the Arctic.She recounts her trip with a lot of sidelights about her dogs, which are her beloved companions.During one point in the trip, she was stranded on an ice floe and could have requested a rescue.However, that would have meant leaving the dogs behind; something she refused to do.Her stories of life in northern Canada among the Inuit gave insight into a people most often depicted as primitive, igloo dwellers, but who are in fact struggling to integrate native and modern ways.It is a shame that it took so long for this book to come out.Apparently, she struggled for years to find a publisher.She now travels around giving lectures to schools and groups and preparing for another trip northward.I highly recommend this book as an adventure, a story of exploration, a tale of a woman's perseverance, and a good dog story.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Hooked" on this book!
What a great book!Can you imagine what inspiration this gives height-challenged people?Kids who may never top 5 feet have an incredible role model, female, no less, who said "I can do this," and did!

I alerted a cousin who teaches jr. high in Alaska about the possibleimpact of this chronicle of Flowers' adventure on youth of any age and the fact that Dixon's masterful editing grips the reader no matter what the page.She was three jumps ahead of me, informing me that Alone Across the Arctic is already a Battle of the Books book in the state.

My local library said they can't keep it in; that their "underground youth readership" had spread the word and it was constantly being checked out.The librarian offered gratis that it had received a School Library Journal "starred review," which is evidently a big deal in librarydom,but said that that probably had nothing to do with its popularity among youth.

As a substitute teacher I am always on the alert for books that will get kids "hooked" on reading.Alone Across the Arctic, regardless of the numerous adult awards it is amassing, seems to be doing just that.Librarians and teachers know that true life adventure well told sells better than fiction. Bravo to Flowers for the courage to follow her dream and to both Flowers and Dixon for a compelling work.It's a great read! ... Read more


149. Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic
by Robert Zubrin
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The author of The Case for Mars recounts the dramatic story of his band of space pioneers who simulated a mission to the Red Planet in the most desolate regions on Earth.

Here is the incredible true story of a group of determined space voyagers who wouldn't wait for the space program to catch up with them.

From 1999 to 2002, the stalwarts of the Mars Society began the virtual exploration of Mars through a series of unique missions. Complete with habitat modules, space suits, and next-generation exploration equipment, they lived in the most isolated spots on earth, where they replicated and studied the real-life challenges of exploring the Red Planet.

Encounters with polar bears, tensions between crew members, bouts with near-disaster, and-ultimately-victory in creating an earthbound "space program" would inspire people around the world who followed the mission on the Discovery Channel and in feature articles.

Leading the mission was the man known as the "Christopher Columbus of Mars," internationally renowned astronautical engineer Robert Zubrin. In Mars on Earth, Zubrin tells a tale of risk and adventure in the frozen wastes of the Arctic and Ant-arctic, and in the parched deserts of the American southwest and the Australian outback. Strikingly illustrated with dramatic on-site photographs and possessed of remarkable accounts of technological know-how and achievement, Mars on Earth captures the wild-eyed idealism and hardheaded practicality of the current generation of space enthusiasts.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A renewed Case for Mars!
I was hoping that Bob Zubrin would bring up to date his compelling book, The Case for Mars, and here it is! While centering on the drama and learnings of the historic Mars simulation projects, Zubrin also recaps in a frank and insightful way the rise of interest in "humans to Mars," the subsequent Mars Direct plan, and the interpersonal costs of this quest. I found the sim diaries intriguing, not tedious, as they brought to life the crew experience of Mars on Earth. I also appreciated Zubrin's personal summary of learnings from the projects to date -- ESA and NASA take note! I forgive Bob for his relentless optimism -- he has kept the vision alive and kicking in a most tangible way. This book appears at a crucial opportunity to rethink and recast the direction of human spaceflight. Let's get our act together, folks. Let's insist on humans to Mars in the near term. Do your part -- get informed, get excited, get active. As Bob says, "Join us."

5-0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Story that puts you in the action
Dr. Zubrin's recollection of the events leading up to the formation of the Mars Society, the construction of the arctic and desert research stations, and the occupation of those stations to do real scientific research "in sim" takes the reader along in 1st person. For anyone interested in Mars exploration, or more generally anyone interested in how the scientific process can be faithfully applied to a problem, this book provides the reader with a page-turning ride from beginning to end. Zubrin's vision may not have always agreed with others involved in the Mars simulation research project. But his presence as a strong leader and dedication to conflict resolution during the expeditions certainly contributed to their overwhelming success. If your interest in this project has at all been piqued by the Discovery Channel specials, then this book will fill in all the blanks. Well done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Zubrin Does It Again
Once again Dr. Zubrin has written a fascinating and mind expanding book about journeying to Mars. This book is the story of The Mars Society and the projects they have undertaken to pave the way for manned missions to Mars. It is informative and well written. I have always enjoyed reading the authors books and listening to him in person.By the time you finish any of his books you can feel the adventure and taste the excitement of a journey to Mars. It all seems so possible and so resonable. Get this book! The best part of a new book by Dr. Zubrin is savorying the rich style and mind blowing insights. The worst part is finishing and realizing it may be a while before he writes another.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for anyone interested in Human Mars Exploration
This book was an engaging, entertaining read on Mars exploration that I couldn't put down, finishing the dense 339 pages in two nights of reading. It primarily describes the activities of the Mars Society (led by the book's author) in setting up and running manned habitats at various Mars analogue sites on Earth. The purpose of these habitats is to simulate living, working and exploring under the constraints of a manned Mars mission. Among those constraints: spacesuits are worn when leaving the Mars station, communications with mission support are delayed and water is strictly conserved. All of this is necessary for conducting the group's research into how a real manned Mars mission should be designed and executed. The work is fascinating. And the descriptions in this book provide us a glimpse at what the first Mars explorers will experience.

But for a few notable exceptions, many of the technical results reported in the book are probably not all that useful. It is apparent that many of the author's technical conclusions are based on his personal opinions and not the result of any form of objective scientific inquiry. We will have to see what makes it into peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings to determine what this research really accomplished. Undoubtedly the Mars habitat water consumption and recycling information is important as are some of the exploration strategies discussed. But it appears as though the Mars Society is still developing an understanding as to what kinds of research can best be pursued at their habitats. Proving you can do various tasks in a very low fidelity spacesuit simulator is of extremely limited value.

Enhancing the book's interesting subject matter are the descriptions of the various personality conflicts among the Mars researchers and Mars Society members. One might assume that such a like-minded group of scientists and engineers could work together in harmony, but you would be wrong. At times, emotions clearly override logic during the course of the research. As described, one of the disputes, between two of the key players, leads to a major rift in the humans to Mars community which must be the reason why there is now a Mars Society and something called the Mars Institute. It is really a shame that folks with such a common goal cannot work together.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in space exploration and the future of the human race. You will learn about the human Mars mission work that is being conducted, right at this very moment, by a group of dedicated and knowledgeable individuals. Due to the shortsightedness of NASA and other major space agencies, this work has primarily fallen on the shoulders of volunteers who believe humans must go to Mars. The 2000 and 2001 Mars Arctic work documented in this book will certainly be remembered as humanity's historic first steps off the Planet and onto Mars. Enjoy the adventure!

2-0 out of 5 stars rewriting history
While Mars on Earth does provide an overview of the accomplishments of the Mars Society, a word of caution about the details provided is in order. Having only made it to page 40, I've already discovered quite a few inaccuracies in Dr. Zubrin's version of events. Some are clearly just a case of his not remembering but many of them seem to be designed to rewrite how events transpired in an effort to improve his own image. ... Read more


150. Arctic Politics: Conflict and Cooperation in the Circumpolar North (Arctic Visions)
by Oran R. Young
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Catlog: Book (1992-12-01)
Publisher: Dartmouth College
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Thoughtful essays establishing the Arctic as a distinctive region of international political, socioeconomic, and environmental importance. ... Read more


151. Antarctica Ahoy: The Ice Book
by Juhan Smuul
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Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
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This book won the highest literary award in the Soviet Union, the Lenin Prize.It is an amazing, fascinating book.It plunges you into a new world of people, their feelings and views about life.It makes you remember all the travel books you have read and yet does not resemble any of them.Written as a diary, it is an authentic document speaking of living people and giving their names and the story of their life.Is this journalism?It is, and of a very high class, too.It has been written by a journalist and an artist, and reading it you will agree that it is a work of art, a book of reflections, and an unusual narrative.

Juhan Smuul takes you with him on a voyage in the Kooperatsia, and with him you get to know new people, read books together with him, ponder over what you have read, struggle through the first act of a play that he has begun, and share the joys and sorrows of members of an Antarctic expedition.

There are no principal heroes.The author is surrounded by many interesting people and speaks briefly of every meeting, of every contact, sketching astonishingly faithful portraits.We have just said that there are no principal heroes.But on second thoughts, there is one, the author himself – the Estonian poet and playwright Juhan Smuul.His humanity dominates the book's intonation, its manly humour and lyrical warmth.His keen, tireless and honest search for truth infects the reader.His eager and shrewd studies lend this book its colour.

Juhan Smuul uses the time given him by a long voyage as a gift and generously tells us not only of his many impressions but also of his thoughts and meditations, shared by the people of his time, about the meaning of motherland, love, science, literature, films and, chiefly, about man, his inner duty and his moral responsibility. ... Read more


152. Lonely Planet Antarctica: A Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit (Lonely Planet Antarctica, 1st ed)
by Jeff Rubin
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Just looking at the hauntingly sculpted blues, vast horizon-touching Shelves, and towering behemoths of Antarctica's ice formations makes the traveler know why she wants to go there and why she needs a good guidebook. Lonely Planet has once again done its homework. In addition to a thorough and succinct history section, useful overviews of Antarctic tour companies, information about how to plan your trip, detailed maps, and interesting facts about the places you'll visit, this book includes a 32-page color wildlife guide that introduces you to Chinstrap penguins, elephant seals, and eight types of whales.

LP has sought out the experts on Antarctic issues to write about science, environmental, and exploration issues. Shaded boxes offer in-depth highlights about topics such as traveling by zodiac (the small inflatable boats used by tour companies--ideal for cruising among "bergy bits"), Antarctic fiction, glaciology, and icebergs: "The Antarctic ice sheet is the iceberg 'factory' of the Southern Ocean. The total volume of ice calved from the ice sheet each year is about 2300 cubic km, and it has been estimated that there are about 300,000 icebergs in the Southern Ocean at any one time."

This book offers sage advice and is not afraid of the stark and sometimes dangerous realities of traveling to such a harsh and foreboding land: "If you fall overboard, you will die. Although this may not be true in every single case, it is almost certain, for human survival in the -1.8°C water of the Southern Ocean is calculated in minutes. Since drowning is thought by some to be preferable to freezing to death, one bit of only half-cynical advice for those who fall overboard is to swim as hard as you can for the bottom." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars close to excellent
When the book came out, I wrote themthat I wished it had been around beforemy first trip to Antarctica! What ahelp it would have been. They respondedvery quickly to my criticisms of whatthey had left out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely best and most complete travel guide to The Ice.
If you plan a trip to The Ice, you will find this book invaluable. If you do not, you will find it fascinating, and it will make you want to go. In addition to all manner of practical advice for travelers, it is packed with thorough and interesting history of the continent, its wildlife, its geography, and also contains tempting suggestions for further non-fiction and fiction reading, films and videos, and even CD's. It is written with grace and humor, and contains really useful maps and charts. (How about that map of "Non-Existent Islands"!) Highest recommendation. ... Read more


153. SAS (SAS Essential Survival Guides)
by Barry Davies
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154. Fourteen men; the story of the Antarctic Expedition to Heard Island
by William Arthur Scholes

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155. Scott's Last Journey
by Robert Falcon Scott, Peter King
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The dramatic disappearance of the explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his companions in their race to reach the South Pole was seen by their contemporaries as creating heroes in a new mould. A few years later, during World War I, Scott's rival Shackleton also nearly met his death in the Antarctic, becoming in the process another hero. Both men were set on a pedestal, uncritically, because they tried and failed.

As the years have gone by, Scott's reputation has been weighed in the balance with Shackleton's - and found wanting. Even the precious journals that Scott wrote on the journey are no longer in print, while photographs of the expedition have gathered dust in scientific institutes. In this new edition of the journals, Peter King re-examines Scott's exploits, setting his own account against modern studies of the Polar Race and thus enabling readers to make their own judgements for the first time.

The text is illuminated by a selection of photographs, many of breath-taking quality, taken by one of the greatest Antarctic explorers, Herbert Ponting, who accompanied Scott. More than a hundred and forty of these, many only recently released by the Royal Geographical Society, bring this extraordinary story to life. ... Read more


156. Life in the Arctic (Life in Extreme Environments)
by Sheldon Brooks
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157. Shackleton : The Antarctic Challenge
by Kim Heacox
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Publisher: National Geographic
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In August 1914, as World War I began, Ernest Shackleton and a small band of explorers sailed for Antarctica aboard a ship called Endurance. Few expeditions have been more aptly named -- and few leaders more courageous or inspirational. For two years, Shackleton and his men battled the elements in a saga that nearly defies description. Amazingly, not a man was lost...but their extraordinary feat was eclipsed by the Great War, and for three quarters of a century was all but forgotten. No longer: interest in Shackleton and Antarctica has never been greater. Yet even now, he is remembered for only one extraordinary expedition. But there is far more to Sir Ernest Shackleton -- and this wonderful book tells the whole story.

His first encounter with the Antarctic was with Robert Scott, who would become his foremost rival. On his second attempt, he turned back within reach of the South Pole, preferring to save himself and his men rather than pushing on and dying on the return trip, as his former mentor Scott famously chose to do. "Better a live mule than a dead lion," he remarked to his wife upon his return, but in the end he died in the Antarctic that called him back, and back again, and he was buried there at his wife's behest.

Now, at last, here is a book that tells the whole story of an explorer who ranks with Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus, James Cook, and Sir Richard Burton in his determination to follow his vision and his dream.

Shackleton: The Antarctic Challenge is adventure literature par excellence: a remarkable portrait in words and arresting images of an unforgiving world and a small, indomitable fraternity who refused to surrender to relentless hardship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You need this one, too.
This book must be added to your collection if you are a true student of the Shakleton story. It combines the best of all the books (picture books, biographies, and personal accounts) out there with beautiful photographs in the tradition of National Geographic and the color shots truly enliven the original black and whites from the expedition. The maps are outstanding and there are reproductions of pages from Shackleton's and Hurley's diaries.
I haven't really found a book on the Shackleton story that is horribley bad. Maybe the story is so inspiring it tells itself. Trapped by The Ice, the picture book for kids by Michael McCurdy, is the worst example I know and I still like that for the rendering of the sea leopard leaping at Ordes-Lee, the officer in charge of food supplies. There are better children's books, Sea of Ice, by Monica Kulling, a fairly easy read for upper elementary students with beautiful watercolors, Trial By Ice, by K. M. Kostyal, a photobiography of Shackleton, Ice Story for middle school students, with black and white photographs and a magnificent large picture book with paintings and photographs, Spirit of Endurance, by Jennifer Armstrong. Get them all!

5-0 out of 5 stars A maxum for True Leadership: dedication with heart.
The major events of the ill-fated voyage of Sir Ernest Shakelton's attempt to cross Antarctica are well known. However, what most do not know or understand is the depth and breadth of this extraordinary man. Shackleton was not only a bonified explorer, more importantly he was a noble leader.

"Leaders do not force their fellow citizens to follow, they inspire them to do so."

If there is one thing to learn from this book, it is the true meaning of leadership and how important willing-loyalty is to our basic survival. Seen in the face of unimaginable odds, they survived - and they survived in whole: worn and frazzled from nearly 2 years of struggle, they were rescued mentaly tough and spiritually whole. In no small part, this was due to the quality of leadership demonstrated by Shackleton: it was embraced and reflected in his men.

It is amazing, this entity we call 'the human spirit'. If trained - but, not broken - like a fine horse, it has great wonders to show and is a true beauty to behold. Such are the many lessons learned from the tales of this "Endurance" voyage: did anyone ever wonder about the naming of that ship? What started out as a championing exploration, became a struggle with life itself to survive.

Likewise, what most will perceive as an "interesting read", will soon become an invaluable source for life-guiding principles. Get the book - read it - and put these incalculably precious lessons into practice in your own life. You never know when you'll need the endurance. ... Read more


158. A History of Antarctic Science (Studies in Polar Research)
by G. E. Fogg
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Catlog: Book (1992-09-24)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book describes the development of Antarctic science over three centuries against a background of advances in techniques of traveling and working in the polar environment and changing political attitudes to a remote and unknown part of the world.It shows how different disciplines--oceanography, geology, glaciology, meteorology, ionospherics, biology and medicine--have developed alongside each other to produce a view of the whole environment that is becoming of immense value at the present time when global pollution threatens. It will provide essential background information to all those concerned with the conservation and politics of this fascinating continent, as well as being of general interest to historians of science. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendous
Gordon Fogg and Margaret Thatcher have written compelling and thorough history of research in the most remote continent on the globe - from the gung-ho expeditions of the 19th Century to the high-tech exploration of today. The authors' own personal experiences inform their scholarship and give the reader a unique view of this savage continent, and there is even a touch of adventure here and there. There is a gripping account of Margaret Thatcher's 1981 trip to Antarctica when food supplies ran perilously low; undaunted, the Iron Lady dived into the icy seas off McMurdo Sound, ignoring the 15 foot swell, to despatch a Leopard Seal with her bare hands and haul it onto the ice where she butchered it expertly and then performed an exultant dance over its dismembered remains. ... Read more


159. Cumulative impacts of tourist resorts on wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) during winter. : An article from: Arctic
by and others Christian Nellemann
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This digital document is an article from Arctic, published by Arctic Institute of North America of the University of Calgary on March 1, 2000. The length of the article is 6977 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Cumulative impacts of tourist resorts on wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) during winter.
Author: and others Christian Nellemann
Publication: Arctic (Refereed)
Date: March 1, 2000
Publisher: Arctic Institute of North America of the University of Calgary
Volume: 53Issue: 1Page: 9-17

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