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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<div><b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men.</div><div><br /></div><div>For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed between two ice floes. With no options left, Shackleton and a skeleton crew attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. Their survival, and the survival of the men they left behind, depended on their small lifeboat successfully finding the island of South Georgia--a tiny dot of land in a vast and hostile ocean.</div><div><br /></div><div>In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.</div>
The White Darkness
by David Grann

Language

English

Pages

142

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b><b>By the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Killers of the Flower Moon</i>, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs</b></b><br /><br />Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history.<br /><br />Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. <br /><br />In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone.<br /><br />David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, <i>The White Darkness</i> is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.
The Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind's Greatest Adve...
by William R. Anderson

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

July 29, 2008

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<P><B>The greatest undersea adventure of the 20th century.</B></P> <P><I>The Ice Diaries</I> tells the incredible true story of Captain William R. Anderson and his crew's harrowing top-secret mission aboard the USS <I>Nautilus</I>, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Bristling with newly classified, never-before-published information and photos from the captain's personal collection, <I>The Ice Diaries</I> takes readers on a dangerous journey beneath the vast, unexplored Arctic ice cap during the height of the Cold War.</P> <P>"Captain Anderson and the crew of the <I>USS Nautilus</I> exemplified daring and boldness in taking their boat beneath the Arctic ice to the North Pole. This expertly told story captures the drama, danger, and importance of that monumental achievement." ?Capt. Stanley D. M. Carpenter, Professor of Strategy and Policy, United States Naval War College</P> <P>"Few maritime exploits in history have so startled the world as the silent, secret transpolar voyage of the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine <I>Nautilus</I>, and none since the age of Columbus and Vasco da Gama has opened, in one bold stroke, so vast and forbidding an area of the seas." ?Paul O'Neil, <I>Life</I> magazine</P> <P><BR> </P>
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the...
by Hampton Sides

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English

Pages

489

Publication Date

August 05, 2014

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<b><i>New York Times</i></b> <b>bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age<br /></b><br />In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. <br /><br />James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of <i>The New York Herald</i>, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS <i>Jeannette</i> set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." <br /><br />The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the <i>Jeannette </i>sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice—a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. <br /><br />With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, <i>In The Kingdom of Ice</i> is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.<br /><br /><b>Ebook edition includes over a dozen extra images<br /></b>
Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Myster...
by Michael Palin

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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<p><em>Driven by a passion for travel and history and a love of ships and the sea, former Monty Python stalwart and beloved television globe-trotter Michael Palin explores the world of HMS </em>Erebus, <em>last seen on an ill-fated voyage to chart the Northwest Passage.</em></p><p>Michael Palin brings the fascinating story of the <em>Erebus</em> and its occupants to life, from its construction as a bomb vessel in 1826 through the flagship years of James Clark Ross’s Antarctic expedition and finally to Sir John Franklin’s quest for the holy grail of navigation—a route through the Northwest Passage, where the ship disappeared into the depths of the sea for more than 150 years. It was rediscovered under the arctic waters in 2014.</p><p>Palin travels across the world—from Tasmania to the Falkland Islands and the Canadian Arctic—to offer a firsthand account of the terrain and conditions that would have confronted the <em>Erebus</em> and her doomed final crew. Delving into the research, he describes the intertwined careers of the two men who shared the ship’s journeys: Ross, the organizational genius who mapped much of the Antarctic coastline and oversaw some of the earliest scientific experiments to be conducted there; and Franklin, who, at the age of sixty and after a checkered career, commanded the ship on its last disastrous venture. Expertly researched and illustrated with maps, photographs, paintings, and engravings, <em>Erebus</em> is an evocative account of two journeys: one successful and forgotten, the other tragic yet unforgettable.</p>
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of E...
by David Roberts

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

January 28, 2013

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<p><strong>"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of <em>Deep Survival</em></strong></p><br /><p>On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.</p><br /><p>Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"</p><br /><p>This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.</p>
The Capture of Attu (Annotated): A World War II Battle as Told by...
by , Nelson L. Drummond

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English

Pages

228

Publication Date

October 06, 2018

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In May 1943 US forces clashed with Japanese invaders in an epic battle on the Alaskan island of Attu. Fighting through the fog and icy rain, avoiding pot-shots from snipers in mountain crevices, lugging heavy machine guns up slippery inclines, and ultimately scaling a 250-foot cliff, the 17th Infantry willed its way to a crucial victory in what the author calls, ‘The Queen of Infantry Battles.’<br /><br /><br />*Annotated edition with original footnotes.<br />*Includes photographs from the Aleutian Islands Campaign.
My Life with the Eskimo
by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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English

Pages

478

Publication Date

May 13, 2018

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<h2>Who are the Eskimo peoples?<br /><br />And how do they survive in the freezing conditions of the far north?</h2><br /><br />Vilhjálmur Stefánsson left New York in April 1908 to begin his journey northwards and into the Arctic Circle. <br /><br />For the next two years he made his way northwards to Victoria Island to study an isolated group of Inuit who still used primitive tools and had strong Caucasian features, and whom some believed were descended from Vikings.<br /><br />The journey into these remote areas was incredibly tough and being delayed by blizzards Stefánsson, along with his companions, were forced to eat the tongue of a beached whale that had been dead for at least four years. <br /><br />Stefánsson, who learnt how to communicate with the Inuit, provides fascinating insight into the beliefs and every day life of these people.<br /><br />“the book is full of psychologic and human interest, and of clear-cut observation of many different kinds.” <em>The North American Review</em><br /><br />“This book contains a wealth of ethnological and biological information … this is a valuable contribution to the scientific study of the Eskimos, by one who knows them thoroughly.” <em>The Literary Digest</em><br /><br />“It is impossible to analyze with certainty the amalgam of motives underlying the ceaseless movement of northern exploration, but the lure of the difficult and the dangerous can hardly be less active than the desire to enlarge bounds of human knowledge.” <em>The Nation</em><br /><br />This book is essential reading for anyone interested in this remarkable expedition and for people who want to find out more about life of people in the far north prior to the advent of modern technology.<br /><br />Vilhjálmur Stefánsson was a Canadian Artic explorer and ethnologist. Under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, he and Dr. R. M. Anderson undertook the ethnological survey of the Central Arctic coasts of the shores of North America from 1908 to 1912. The results of this expedition were <em>My Life with the Eskimo</em> first published in 1913. Stefánsson passed away in 1962.<br />
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring E...
by Nathaniel Philbrick

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English

Pages

481

Publication Date

October 26, 2004

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<b>"A treasure of a book."—David McCullough<br /><br />The harrowing story of a pathbreaking naval expedition that set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean, dwarfing Lewis and Clark with its discoveries, from the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Valiant Ambition</i> and <i>In the Hurricane's Eye</i>.<br /></b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book</b><br /><br />America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling <i>In the Heart of the Sea</i> Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen—the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution. Combining spellbinding human drama and meticulous research, Philbrick reconstructs the dark saga of the voyage to show why, instead of being celebrated and revered as that of Lewis and Clark, it has—until now—been relegated to a footnote in the national memory.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize</b>
Phase Zero Contracting for U.S. Arctic National Security - Pentag...
by , Ricky Grant

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English

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Publication Date

August 12, 2018

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This report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. Arctic ice is receding and creating increased activity. A navigable Arctic poses security concerns, but also represents accessible resources and reduced shipping costs. This research investigates the following questions: Does the Department of Defense (DOD) have the capabilities to meet U.S. security objectives in the Arctic? What are the DOD's related national strategy responsibilities? What opportunities exist to minimize cost while providing capability? What contract actions are appropriate for Phase Zero of Arctic planning? Included is a literature review of national strategy and international policies, limited to specific research areas. Analysis of procurement stakeholder integration uses Yoder's Three-Tier Model. Examination of successful integration uses Yoder's Three Integrated Pillars. The agility, discipline, and risk pillars are used to determine contract considerations. This research found that the DOD is not prepared to conduct military operations in the Arctic, and has deficiencies in equipment and training for national defense roles. Also, the DOD lacks trained personnel capable in the immersive interagency, international, and non-governmental integration necessary for procurement efforts. There are several tasks the DOD is charged with supporting; only one task was specified. Joint interagency integration and selection of an appropriate contract type are key to meeting U.S. national security objectives in the Arctic.<br /><br />As the polar ice in the Arctic melts, conditions are set for increased naval traffic and natural resource exploration and exploitation. The United States Energy Information Administration estimates that 13% of the world's oil reserves and 30% of the world's natural gas reserves rest in the undiscovered areas of the Arctic. In addition to oil and gas, the Arctic is home to an estimated one trillion dollars' worth of minerals, such as zinc and nickel. There has also been a 118% increase in maritime traffic between 2008 and 2012, a trend that will continue to grow as resources and resource-extracting technology becomes more available. This increase of availability of resources will undoubtedly create competition for these resources from both Arctic and non-Arctic states. As a nation with Arctic interest, it is prudent that U.S. planning and forecasting efforts focus on nonaggressive development with the intent of forging cooperative partnerships in the interest of Arctic stability and prosperity. This research explores the feasible options and the strategic contracting considerations to facilitate U.S. Arctic strategic objectives, given the unique operating environment of the Arctic's geopolitical and geographical constraints and capability gaps. The intent of this research is to identify the specific contracting considerations critical to the achievement of U.S. Arctic strategic objectives, develop those considerations, and then provide recommendations for contract types based on appropriate levels of risk and maturity of technology.<br /><br />Chapter II develops an understanding of the unique geographical area of interest and an overview of the national policy objectives, the implementation plan for those policy objectives, political and environmental constraints, and ongoing military and civilian exercises. Chapter III examines appropriate frameworks for analysis of Arctic requirements and contracting options for meeting national initiatives in the Arctic. In Chapter IV, findings and recommendations are provided. Chapter V includes a summary, conclusion, and recommendations for further research.<br />

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