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The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture
by Michael F. Robinson (Goodreads Author)
In the late 1800s, “Arctic Fever” swept across the nation as dozens of American expeditions sailed north to the Arctic to find a sea route to Asia and, ultimately, to stand at the North Pole. Few of these missions were successful, and many men lost their lives en route. Yet failure did little to dampen the enthusiasm of new explorers or the crowds at home that cheered them ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by University Of Chicago Press
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An enjoyable, thought-provoking read, but I'm a sucker for anything Arctic and this particular book overlaps with a past research project of my own (wish I'd had this available then!). Robinson relies on a device of pairing explorers to propel the book, with most chapters engaging two different men who embody different attitudes about masculinity and science as they came to bear on Arctic exploration - Wellman and Peary, Peary and Cook, Hall and Hayes, etc. It's a helpful device, and lets him ...more
Michael F. Robinson is a professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. He is the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), winner of the 2008 Book Award for the History of Science in America, and The Lost White Tribe: Explorers, Scientists, and the Theory that Changed a Continent (New York: Oxford ...moreMore about Michael F. Robinson...