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Polar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World's Most Daring Explorers

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The compelling stories of seven adventurous women.

Polar explorers were the superstars of the "heroic age" of exploration, a period spanning the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In this engaging book, author Kari Herbert explores the unpredictable, often heartbreaking lives of seven remarkable women whose husbands became world-famous for their Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Greystone Books (first published March 1st 2012)
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Sep 11, 2015 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: cold-books
Who would want to be married to an explorer? Subject to danger and away all the time. That Jane Franklin was something else! It was quite interesting to learn that the absences and obsessions were really quite a strain on marriages. I really didn't know anything about these wives except for Jane Franklin who is quite famous for her determination to find her husband long after most people would assume he was gone.
Sep 14, 2015 Pippa rated it really liked it
A fascinating book, looking at the women who supported, and sometimes travelled with the great Polar explorers - all written from the perspective of the daughter of one... Wally Herbert. Very interesting indeed.
Mar 11, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
Loved this book - the polar explorers are almost as interesting as mountain climbers. This was about the wives, of course, as well as the explorers themselves. It was set up in an unusual fashion - it covered about 5 different women and went kind of chronologically. Like it told about the courtship of each couple, even though they lived in really different times. Then the actively exploring years, etc. It was interesting how some overlapped in time and knew each other and some built on the knowl ...more
Colleen Mondor
Jun 04, 2012 Colleen Mondor rated it really liked it
Outstanding! I had read about the men in this title while in grad school but knew very little about the wives. Herbert organizes her chapters so readers progress a bit through each woman's life - their own childhoods, how they met their husbands, how they fared during explorations and what occurred after the men were lost or retired. These women are fascinating and their lives are enormously compelling. I was mightily impressed by what Kari Herbert did here - it's a great choice for book clubs e ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Deborah rated it really liked it
Fascinating material. Well written and meticulously researched
Feb 06, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book about the wives married to some of the famous early polar explorers. Some of the wives accompanied their husbands on a few excursions but for the most part, they waited at home. Their stories of devotion and their sense of adventure make for a very good read.
Chantal E. R. H.
Sep 06, 2013 Chantal E. R. H. rated it liked it
A surprisingly quick read, I learned a lot. The book was well written and researched, albeit a bit cloying and too sentimental at times, especially when the author was talking about her own parents.
Wendy Hollister
Jan 06, 2013 Wendy Hollister rated it really liked it
I loved the stories of each of the wives of famous explorers. The letters written from their husbands was a true testament to their love of their wives and the of the desire to explore.
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