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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
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JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1532 comments I really enjoy listening to narrative non-fiction. This is another example of a story that I had never heard about, but turns out to be a stranger than fiction. Back in the late 1800's it seems that one of theories was that there was a tropical ocean at the top of the world (North Pole). George Washington DeLong was hired to commander the boat the USS Jeanette to prove this theory. It was decided that instead of going by the generally accepted route of going around Greenland, that they would travel through the Bering Strait up and over Canada and then come down Greenland. Unfortunately, the theories were wrong and the boat became trapped. It was a harrowing adventure that was brought to life with the excellent writing of Hampton Sides.

Ladyslott | 1880 comments I Whispersynched this book and I loved both the audio which was so well done and reading the book which was so well written.

Nice review.

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