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Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic

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Published June 1st 1977 by MacMillan
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Eric_W
May 25, 2010 Eric_W rated it really liked it
I have long been fascinated by tragedy brought about by ignorance or stupidity - the Scott/Amundsen race to the South Pole being a prime example. Berton, author of Arctic Grail recommended a book by Vilhjalmur Stefansson that deals with several examples of Arctic foolishness, including Franklin's mysterious disappearance.
Many "riddles" evolve simply out of ignorance, if not outright fraud, (witness Charles Berlitz's Bermuda Triangle nonsense). Usually, a careful researcher can find solutions to
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Al Maki
Mar 23, 2014 Al Maki rated it liked it
Stefansson spent much of his adult life in the Canadian Arctic at a time before it was motorized. He brings that experience and a pragmatic point of view to a set of problems that were unsolved at the time of writing and sheds light on them. One example might give an idea of his thinking. He mentions that Sir John Franklin and his crew starved to death in a portion of the Arctic that the Eskimo regarded as unusually rich in food. I didn't much like his writing style but his thinking was worth ...more
Chris K
Feb 21, 2012 Chris K rated it liked it
I really liked the first few stories in the book, but it started to peter out somewhat with the final story of the missing soviet flyers.

Stefannson was at times repetitive and overly exhaustive with details when making his cases.

However, there is a good deal to be learned about the costs of arctic exploration and light is shed on what likely happened to Franklin and others.

If you're interested in the Franklin expedition or arctic discovery you would enjoy this book.
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Vilhjálmur Stefánsson was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist.
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