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Ice: Great Moments in the History of Hard, Cold Water

3.07  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
"Put your mittens on; you'll freeze to death!" admonish the world's grandmothers as the temperature plummets. No doubt the Arctic explorers--today in their GORE-TEX, historically in their woolens--needed no such instruction. Icy climes bring with them the dangers of frostbite, but also the poetic beauty of glaciers and ice shelves, of ice palaces and aurora borealis. Karal ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Borealis Books
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Klaus Kretzer
Jan 13, 2012 Klaus Kretzer rated it it was amazing
This book is real fun to read. It contains less "facts" about ice compared to Mariana Gosnell's book but it has a really nice spirit of appreciation of the subject. It is less "complete", but more anecdotal wich makes it so pleasant to read. Definitely a must-read for ice lovers I would say.
Joe
Jun 06, 2009 Joe rated it it was ok
If you read one book on the history of ice, make it this one! Or don't. You might think that there's not much to be said about ice -- especially after reading this book.

Actually, I decided to read this book because I thought it had the chance to be fascinating. I figured it would talk about the commercial history of ice, from the first methods of collecting naturally-created ice and either transporting it to warmer areas or storing it until warmer months, to more modern large-scale production me
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Ann Marie
Feb 01, 2009 Ann Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a wonderful book about the wonders of ice! What an array of topics--icebergs, ice castles, exploring the polar ice, the invention of ice making, storing, delivering, great stories set in icy realms and with (of course) courageous escapes over the ice, portrayals of the Inuit people and icy cultures, and glorious ice cream. The book is written with humor and the joy only Northerners know--created by a childhood of ice forts, snowball fights, and being wrapped up in cold weather gear until ...more
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Jul 23, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
Fourth-genre journalism recounting investigations into the many wonders of ice--ice cream, fake snow in movies, the icy crossing of the Ohio in Uncle Tom's Cabin and its effect on American imagination, commercial ice production, frozen food, cryogenic frozen heads, snow removal and ice skating.
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Mostly a bunch of anecdotes and very little actual history. Just not really what I was expecting.
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Karal Ann Marling is professor of art history and American studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of numerous books on topics including American mural painting of the Depression era, illustration of the 1940s, the architecture of theme parks, and the influence of television on visual culture in the 1950s.
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