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Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

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Based on the author's exhaustive research, the incredible true story of the Greely Expedition, one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration.

In July 1881, Lt. A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordina
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A huge thanks to St. Martin's Press, and Netgalley.
I believe this is the book I've been waiting for! I've always been compelled to read about The Greely Expedition, but every book I've ever started was bogged down in facts. Facts are great, but I also need heart. The heart of the story isn't just facts, but it's the people. These crazy, brave men who had no experience of the Arctic, yet they somehow wanted to explore and leave their mark. I love reading about the Franklin Expedition, but t
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will definitely become a must-read for everybody, like myself, interested in the exploration of the Arctic. Having read earlier about two most famous attempts by John Franklin and George De Long to explore the only then uncharted and most mysterious part of our planet, I was delighted to have received a book that covers yet another polar expedition. Lt. Adolphus Greely undertook in 1881 the mission to collect the meteorological and geographical data of the Arctic. The expedition was we ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“We have done all we can to help ourselves and shall ever struggle on, but it drives me almost insane to face the future. It is not the end that affrights one, but the road to be traveled to reach that goal. To die is easy, very easy; it is only hard to strive, to endure, to live…”
- Journal entry of 1st Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely, Commander of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition

“My dear friend Kislingbury…In the event of this pending journey ending fatally for me, I desire that you and [Serg/>“My
leslie hamod
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A most amazing and edifying nonfiction of the highest calibre. The book was given by St. Martin's Press and Buddy Levy on return for an honest review. One of the years best books on Advance release copies. Incredible research by the author. Most informative and entertaining, but very emotional. The author brings these explorers to life as though he knows them personally. Extraordinary skill and craftsmanship in the writing of this incredible journey. This book contains a future best seller. High ...more
Andrew Smith
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In 1881 Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely, an American with no Arctic experience, led a team of men to explore the upper reaches of Northern Greenland in what became known as the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. His aims were to record observations relating to branches of physics, meteorology and botany, as part of a more wide reaching plan to establish a ‘girdle’ of stations around the entire Arctic region. Greely also hoped to achieve the accolade of having travelled Farthest North and, if possible, ...more
Fred Shaw
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Would you be willing to join or lead an expedition to the polar ice caps for the betterment of mankind? If you knew that your chance of survival was 50% would you still go? What if it were a competition against others or a personal challenge? Would you do it?

In 1881, 1st Lt. A.W. Greely did. A professional soldier and signal officer in the US Army, he led a team of 24 explorers and scientists into the Arctic to go further north than anyone had gone before and record weather related i
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is the story of the 1881 – 1883 journey of the twenty-six brave men who undertook the journey to make the farthest North trek. For 300 years, the British have held the record. Now the determined Americans, led by Army officer Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely have set out to break the record. They sail to the Arctic beginning in July 1881.

Lt. Greely's service so far has been in the West, building telegraph lines and suppressing Indian uprisings. He has never
Labyrinth of Ice tells the story of Lt. Adolph Greely and his crew of twenty four men and their quest to venture into the Arctic to both collect weather data as well as break the record for “farthest North” in the process. Despite extensive planning and preparation, what would unfold is a story of strength, courage and ultimately survival.

I was given an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Buddy Levy’s recounting of the famed 1881 Lady Franklin Bay Expedit/>I
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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In 1881, American Lt. A. W. Greely and a team of scientists went on a journey to pass the record of reaching furthest North. Buddy Levy's new book Labyrinth of Ice takes readers on their journey of glory and horror. The men accomplished their mission of reaching furthest North and contributing important scientific data. They were also stranded over two winters with dwindling supplies.

Before the astronauts and space exploration, men of courage and vision took on the vast frozen spaces of ice, se
Linda Bond
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There may be a shortlist of readers interested in the history of scientific exploration in polar regions, but Levy’s talent is storytelling. Applying his gift, he gives us a story that is moving, insightful and entertaining, at the same time as being a faithful rendition of history. The 1881 journey of Lt. L.W. Greely and crew of 24 to the “Farthest North” on their map is a story better experienced in the cozy warmth of our home with the fire lit and plenty of food on the table. It’s the story o ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I love Arctic/Antarctic expedition stories and I had never heard of the Greely Expedition. Wonderfully narrated making the reader feel like they are there in the moment. Breathing life into the real men who made up the expedition; both their courageous acts and fallible human selves shining through. Tragic and triumphant. Perfect words to describe it.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Labyrinth of Ice by Buddy Levy

This gripping story of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition in the 1880s will have you on edge from beginning to end. The harrowing tale of Adolphus Greely and his intrepid crew of twenty five men exploring the Arctic had me turning pages faster than I ever have for any book. Ever!

Survival is at the core, and later, while awaiting rescue, this group led by Lieutenant Greely will experience the highs and lows of Arctic exploration and endurance. H
Nancy Kennedy
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew nothing, really, about the Greely expedition, or if I did, I couldn't be sure I wasn't thinking about one of the other Arctic expeditions, like Franklin's, Scott's or Amundsen's. I'd recently read Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, so I was interested in an indepth look at another polar exploration story.

Author Buddy Levy employs the highly effective nonfiction device of telling the story through the lives of the men on the expedition. We get to know them as individual
Chad Guarino
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Labyrinth of Ice is Buddy Levy's gift to the world of non-fiction in 2019: a rich and moving testament to a lost era of heroic sacrifice in the name of exploration of the unknown, brutal endurance, and patriotism. Levy takes us back with cinematic narrative to the Greely Polar Expedition of 1881-1883: the attempt to attain Farthest North and take continual scientific readings of the harsh unmarked ice for the advancement of the polar knowledge of the United States.

Levy draws from journals from
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Writer, educator, public speaker and entertainer, Buddy Levy is the author of Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition (St. Martin’s Press, 2019); No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon (co-authored with Erik Weihenmayer, Thomas Dunne Books, 2017; a national bestseller and Honorable Mention Award Winner in the Outdoor Literatur