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Safe Return Doubtful The Heroic Age Of Polar Exploration

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Until the early twentieth century, the north and south polar regions remained unknowns, shrouded in white wilderness; the mystery demanded resolution, and the feat of reaching the poles would guarantee immortality.



This book by renowned marine historian John Maxtone-Graham, tells the exciting story of the exploits of the polar explorers, who overcame fearsome odds and horr

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Published March 30th 2000 by Constable (first published January 1st 1988)
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Read this book with hot coffee, cocoa or tea at hand, because you will feel the polar chill start to surround you.

I had little knowledge of Arctic explorations before Peary and not much more of the Antarctic besides the trio of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton. This book filled in a lot of gaps, especially on early Arctic exploration.

Unfortunately, the question about whether Peary actually reached the North Pole or not -- and if he didn't, was it sextant mismeasurements or fraud -- is only briefly
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John Maxtone-Graham has written numerous works, including The Only Way to Cross—“the bible of the ship buffs"—Normandie, and France/Norway. He spends six months lecturing aboard ships. Ashore, he lives in New York City.
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