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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>Bound for Antarctica, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent, the <I>Endurance</I> set sail from England in August 1914. In January 1915, after battling its way for six weeks through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <I>Endurance</I> became locked in an island of ice. For ten months the ice-moored <I>Endurance</I> drifted northwest before it was finally crushed. But for Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men, the ordeal had barely begun. It would end only after a miraculous journey through more than 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<BR><br />In <I>Endurance</I>, the definitive account of Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing voyage that has defined heroism for the last century.<BR><BR></div>
The Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind's Greatest Adve...
by Captain William R. Anders...

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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 Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Sibe...
by , Linda Dubosson

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

February 01, 2001

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In 1912, six months after Robert Falcon Scott and four of his men came to grief in Antarctica, a thirty-two-year-old Russian navigator named Valerian Albanov embarked on an expedition that would prove even more disastrous. In search of new Arctic hunting grounds, Albanov's ship, the Saint Anna, was frozen fast in the pack ice of the treacherous Kara Sea-a misfortune grievously compounded by an incompetent commander, the absence of crucial nautical charts, insufficient fuel, and inadequate provisions that left the crew weak and debilitated by scurvy.<br /><br />For nearly a year and a half, the twenty-five men and one woman aboard the Saint Anna endured terrible hardships and danger as the icebound ship drifted helplessly north. Convinced that the Saint Anna would never free herself from the ice, Albanov and thirteen crewmen left the ship in January 1914, hauling makeshift sledges and kayaks behind them across the frozen sea, hoping to reach the distant coast of Franz Josef Land. With only a shockingly inaccurate map to guide him, Albanov led his men on a 235-mile journey of continuous peril, enduring blizzards, disintegrating ice floes, attacks by polar bears and walrus, starvation, sickness, snowblindness, and mutiny. That any of the team survived is a wonder. That Albanov kept a diary of his ninety-day ordeal-a story that Jon Krakauer calls an "astounding, utterly compelling book," and David Roberts calls "as lean and taut as a good thriller"-is nearly miraculous.<br /><br />First published in Russia in 1917, Albanov's narrative is here translated into English for the first time. Haunting, suspenseful, and told with gripping detail, <b>In the Land of White Death</b> can now rightfully take its place among the classic writings of Nansen, Scott, Cherry-Garrard, and Shackleton.
Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
by Paul Watson

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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<p>The spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic history—and how the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge finally led to the recent discovery of the shipwrecks.</p><br /><p>Spanning nearly 200 years, <em>Ice Ghosts</em> is a fast-paced detective story about Western science, indigenous beliefs, and the irrepressible spirit of exploration and discovery. It weaves together an epic account of the legendary Franklin Expedition of 1845—whose two ships, the HMS <em>Erebus</em> and the HMS <em>Terror</em>, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—with the modern tale of the scientists, researchers, divers, and local Inuit behind the recent discoveries of the two ships, which made news around the world.</p><br /><p>The journalist Paul Watson was on the icebreaker that led the expedition that discovered the HMS <em>Erebus</em> in 2014, and he broke the news of the discovery of the HMS <em>Terror</em> in 2016. In a masterful work of history and contemporary reporting, he tells the full story of the Franklin Expedition: Sir John Franklin and his crew setting off from England in search of the fabled Northwest Passage; the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship after getting stuck in the ice hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization; and the dozens of search expeditions over more than 160 years, which collectively have been called “the most extensive, expensive, perverse, and ill-starred . . . manhunt in history.”</p><br /><p>All that searching turned up a legendary trail of sailors’ relics, a fabled note, a lifeboat with skeletons lying next to loaded rifles, and rumors of cannibalism . . . but no sign of the ships until, finally, the discoveries in our own time. As Watson reveals, the epic hunt for the lost Franklin Expedition found success only when searchers combined the latest marine science with faith in Inuit lore that had been passed down orally for generations.</p><br /><p><em>Ice Ghosts</em> is narrative nonfiction of the highest order, full of drama and rich in characters: Lady Jane Franklin, who almost single-handedly kept the search alive for decades; an Inuit historian who worked for decades gathering elders’ accounts; an American software billionaire who launched his own hunt; and underwater archaeologists honing their skills to help find the ships. Watson also shows how the hunt for the Franklin Expedition was connected to such technological advances as SCUBA gear and sonar technology, and how it ignited debates over how to preserve the relics discovered with the ships.</p><br /><p>A modern adventure story that arcs back through history, <em>Ice Ghosts</em> tells the complete and incredible story of the Franklin Expedition—the greatest of Arctic mysteries—for the ages.</p>
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 188...
by John Muir

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English

Pages

189

Publication Date

December 19, 2016

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<b>On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeanette departed San Francisco for the Bering Strait with the intention of finding a route to the North Pole.<br /><br />With the ship crushed by the pressure of the ice, its captain, George W. De Long, and twenty of its crew never made it back to America.</b><br /><br />The federal government called upon her captain, Calvin L. Hooper, to venture northwards and find out what happened to the USS Jeanette and the missing men. <br /><br />Built out of the finest Oregon fir, fastened with copper, galvanized iron, and locust-tree nails, the Corwin was the perfect ship for Arctic exploration where her sturdy sailing qualities were to prove of the utmost importance. <br /><br />John Muir, Scottish naturalist and explorer, sensing the possibilities of science and adventure in the exploration of this unknown Arctic land, immediately made himself available for the Corwin’s expedition. <br /><br />During the cruise Muir kept a daily record of his experiences and observations, these along with the numerous letters he wrote form the basis of this fascinating account.<br /><br />As well as describing the day by day events of the Corwin in its search for any survivors of the Jeanette, Muir also recorded his encounters with Alaskan natives, describing how they survived this brutal environment. He drew upon his experience as a naturalist to beautifully capture the flora and fauna of this landscape.<br /><br /><em>The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeannette</em> remains a fascinating read for anyone interested in late nineteenth century exploration, or for anyone wishing to find out more about the world of the Arctic circle. <br /><br />John Muir’s work is particularly relevant to modern times as it depicts a world that is coming increasingly under threat as the effects of global warming threaten the lands through which he traveled. During his lifetime he was particularly passionate in advocating preservation of wilderness in the United States, and he was instrumental in protecting Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. This book was published in 1917, three years after Muir had died in 1914.
South: Shackleton's Endurance Expedition
by Ernest Shackleton

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 06, 2013

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<div>In 1914, as Europe braces for an unfathomably deadly war, explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton sets sail for Antarctica to do the impossible: traverse the continent. He has a ship (the aptly named Endurance), a head brimming with optimism, and 28 men willing to follow him on an expedition across some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet. But Shackleton’s optimism doesn't last long. Despite his experience in the Antarctic, disaster strikes early on when the Endurance is trapped in packed ice and slowly crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men off the ship and stranding them in a sea of ice. <br /><BR><I>South</I> is the legendary story of Shackleton and his crew’s struggle to survive the elements and return home alive. Written by Shackleton, <I>South</I> is a truly astonishing story of human fortitude. It is the story of a voyage that lasts nearly three years—a firsthand account of hurricane-force winds, subzero temperatures, glaciers, icebergs, freezing water, starvation, and lethal, terrifying storms. It is a tale unlike any to come before or since. Shackleton’s record of his journey made him famous around the world and transformed him into a symbol of achievement and hope in an age of darkness and war.</div>
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>“An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.”—Laurence Gonzales, author of <em>Deep Survival</em></p><br />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.<br /><br /><br /><br />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?”<br /><br /><br /><br />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.
Saga Six Pack 6 - A Thane of Wessex, Harald Harfager's Saga, Er...
by , Charles W. Whistler

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English

Pages

374

Publication Date

February 18, 2016

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<i>“Braver are many in word than in deed…”</i><br /><br /><b>Saga Six Pack 6</b> is a Norse Myth megamix of original sagas, literary retellings and academic perspectives:<br /><br /><i>A Thane of Wessex</i> by Charles W. Whistler. <br /><i>Harald Harfager's Saga</i> by Snorri Sturluson. <br /><i>Eric Brighteyes</i> by Henry Rider Haggard. <br /><i>The Valkyrs</i> by Hélène Adeline Guerber. <br /><i>Saga of Hakon Herdebreid ("Hakon the Broad-Shouldered")</i> by Snorri Sturluson. <br /><i>The Elves</i> by Hélène Adeline Guerber. <br /><br />Includes image gallery featuring original illustrations for the <i>Laxdæla saga</i> and the essay <i>Canute the Great</i> by Laurence Marcellus Larson. <br />
Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
by , John Geiger

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

August 23, 2014

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<div>The truth about what happened on Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845–48 has been shrouded in mystery for 165 years. Carrying the best equipment that the science and technology, Franklin and his men set out to “penetrate the icy fastness of the north, and to circumnavigate America.” The expedition’s two ships — HMS <I>Erebus</I> and HMS <I>Terror</I> — carrying 129 officers and men, disappeared without a trace. From 1846 to 1880 more than 20 major rescue parties were involved in the search for the missing men and ships. The disappearance of the expedition and absence of any substantial written accounts of the journey have left attempts at a reconstruction of events sketchy and inconclusive. In <I>Frozen in Time,</I> forensic anthropologist Owen Beattie and historian John Geiger tell the dramatic story of the excavation of three sailors from the Franklin Expeditions, buried for 138 years on the lonely headland of Beechey Island. This book contains the astonishing photographic record of the excavation, together with the maps and illustrations that accompany this riveting account of Franklin’s fatal adventure. The unfolding of Dr. Beattie’s unexpected findings is not only a significant document but also, in itself, a tale of high adventure.</div>
Wolves Of North America (Kids Edition): Children's Animal Book of...
by Speedy Publishing

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English

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Publication Date

December 05, 2014

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Children are often fascinated with many different types of animals. They like to look at pictures of different animals whether in books or just pictures by themselves. However, a book would be more beneficial than just looking at pictures of animals. One of the animals that seems to be very interesting to kids, is a wolf. The Wolves of North American book (kids edition) would be a great book for kids who are interested in learning more about wolves in North America. It would be a great educational tool and children of all ages would benefit from reading this kind of book.

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