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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette - Community Reviews back

by Hampton Sides
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 5 years ago
Sides chronicles the fate of the ship and crew quite well. Driving home points in some cases but showcasing what happened just after the crew left for the voyage (in many cases, these events if known might have changed the outcome). The story is gripping and well told.
Lillelara rated it 5 years ago
Ever since reading a novel which has been loosely based on the infamous Franklin expedition, I have been fascinated by the efforts of exploring the Arctic. In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of George de Long and his crew and their attempt to reach the Northpole by means of a steamship, the U.S...
Toni rated it 6 years ago
The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS JeannetteThis first rate adventure narrative recreates the astonishing tribulations of a group of 33 seamen who set sail in 1879 from San Francisco on a daring expedition that would bring them to the North Pole via the Bering Strait.The expedition was f...
Cushla rated it 6 years ago
In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, b...
Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it 7 years ago
In the latter part of the 19th century much of the world was gripped what could be called Arctic fever. As one of the last untapped regions of the world, nations were eager to be the first to reach the North Pole. The prevailing theory of the time, believed by many to be indisputable fact, was that ...
Thewanderingjew rated it 7 years ago
This is the true story of the voyage and tragic ending of the USS Jeannette as it tried to reach the North Pole, only to become stranded when trapped in walls of ice. Eventually, all the men onboard were forced to go on foot across the Polar Regions. Injuries and illnesses plagued them as they soldi...
Doubleday Publishing
Doubleday Publishing rated it 7 years ago
It's rare that a 19th-century history becomes a page-turner, but there I was, well after midnight, unwilling to put the book down until I found out what happened to Captain DeLong and his crew on their desperate quest for survival in the truly unforgiving arctic. That such inhospitable places exist...
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