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Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole Fergus Fleming

Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole

Fergus Fleming

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ISBN : 9780802117250
Hardcover
470 pages
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Fergus Flemings captivating histories have taken us to the Alps, to the high seas, and to the heights of human endeavor. Now the acclaimed author of Barrows Boys and Killing Dragons -- a New York Times Notable Book -- relates the epic story of theMoreFergus Flemings captivating histories have taken us to the Alps, to the high seas, and to the heights of human endeavor. Now the acclaimed author of Barrows Boys and Killing Dragons -- a New York Times Notable Book -- relates the epic story of the men who stopped at nothing to unravel the mysteries of the North Pole. In the nineteenth century, theories about the North Pole ran rampant. Was it an open sea? Was it a portal to new worlds within the globe? Or was it just a wilderness of ice? When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in 1845, explorers decided it was time to find out. In scintillating detail, Ninety Degrees North tells of the vying governments (including America, Britain, Germany, and Austria-Hungary) and fantastic eccentrics (from Swedish balloonists to Italian aristocrats) who, despite their heroic failures, often achieved massive celebrity as they battled shipwreck, starvation, and sickness to reach the top of the world. Drawing on unpublished archives, and with pages of photographs and drawings, and long-forgotten journals, Fleming tells this story with consummate craftsmanship and wit. Ninety Degrees North is a riveting saga of humankinds search for the ultimate goal. This is the sort of book you want to read in front of a blazing fire. It is immensely enjoyable. -- Daily Telegraph A vivid, witty history ... We are in the hands of a born storyteller. -- Bookseller