In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
A Best Book of the Year USA Today * Time Magazine * Washington Post * Miami Herald * Richmond Times Dispatch * Christian Science Monitor * Daily Beast * Minneapolis Star Tribune On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the... show more
A Best Book of the Year USA Today * Time Magazine * Washington Post * Miami Herald * Richmond Times Dispatch * Christian Science Monitor * Daily Beast * Minneapolis Star Tribune On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette. Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carriedthe aspirations of a young country burning to be the first nation to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the Jeannette's hull was breached by an impassable stretch of pack ice, forcing the crew to abandon ship amid torrents of rushing of water. Hours later, the ship had sunk below the surface, marooning the men a thousand miles north of Siberia, where they faced a terrifying march with minimal supplies across the endless ice pack. Enduring everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and labyrinths of ice, the crew battled madness and starvation as they struggled desperately to survive. With thrilling twists and turns, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most brutal place on Earth.
Publish date: 2015-05-26
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
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.
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...
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...
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