Their expedition to the North Pole was amazing and harrowing. In the 1870's, no human had been to the North Pole, few explorers had even forayed into the Arctic Circle, and hypotheses ran wild as to what man would eventually find at the top of the world. Subject headings -- ------ ------ -------- Genre heading History. It seems that in the 1870s a popular theory, espoused by some otherwise well-regarded scientists, held that there was a warm ocean at the North Pole surrounded by a circle of ice. I cannot show you my love, my sympathy, my sorrow for your great sufferings. The book alternates between De Long's journey and what was happening back home.
What the commander of the Jeannette, Lt. I have not been able to stop thinking about this book since finishing it. But how about an American attempt? We meet a wild newspaper magnate who, in addition to racing carriages at midnight in the nude, exiled himself to France after drunkenly urinating in his then-fiancee's grand piano; an obsessive German cartographer who staunchly believed in a warm, open polar sea at the North Pole; and a strong-willed captain who fell madly in love with the impossible, glaciered grandeur of Earth above the 80th parallel. They also managed to salvage a decent supply of provisions and three small boats. Navy: ship's doctor William M.
Unfortunately, having read this in galleys, there is no index, nor are photos provided, but the end notes are thorough and this seems to be very well researched. James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. The second half of Side's story will drop your jaw in frozen terror. O Everything historical adventure should be. George DeLong and his engineer, Melville, were heroic characters that everyone would love. I kept waking up at 2 am to read more.
One of my favorite details of the book was about the myths of the North Pole. The Diane Rehm Show ; Rehm, Diane. Each has something to offer. . Wait, you say, fake news is nothing. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. Your heart will glow over the accomplishments of the former, and you will likely weep as I did for the latter.
I just could not get over the fact that their seemed to be so many similarities between the two survival stories. As grisly as the details are, you keep turning pages to find out how DeLong and his men pull themselves past each setback — even though there's always another one looming ahead. In the Kingdom of Ice details the story of Captain George DeLing and his crew during their failed attempt to reach North Pole while sailing through Bering Strait, sudden lost of their ship and their subsequent 1000 mile journey over the ice to Siberia. Some of the crew came down with lead poisoning. 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.
Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. They consult the latest maps and scientific data. This one read like fiction and it kept me wanting to keep reading to find out what happened next. The author keeps the story moving with lots of cliff hanging moments and stories from the crew that will take the readers breath away. Arctic Expedition left San Francisco on one of the most foolhardy missions in the history of exploration: to cruise through the Bering Strait and reach the geographic North Pole — entirely by ship. An extremely well prepared and excited commander was found. That a happy ending reached more than a dozen of them cheers me!! S and abroad which led to the expedition.
National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. He sold piles of newspapers by, in a sense, creating news. Imus in the Morning ; Imus, Don. I highly recommend the book. A portrayal of friends who stick together through an ice-riven hell. 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.
One such theory, that there was a warm polar sea on the other side of the ice barrier, was used in a story by Edgar Allan Poe called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. So he funded an official U. This is first-rate narrative history, well-written and paced to create a gripping account. Hampton Sides is an American historian and journalist. It was very interesting to witness the decision-making process of DeLong. But wait, you might ask, how were they supposed to get there There is nothing quite like a thoroughly researched, well-paced, well written non-fiction account of some jaw-dropping event that it seems hardly possible actually happened. Sides spins a propulsive narrative from obscure documents, journals and his own firsthand visits to the Arctic regions visited by the Jeannette and its crew.
A few suffered from melancholy as the months passed, but most of the crew was intent on carrying their own weight and contributing to the well-being of the entire group. This is a man who once covered the front page of his newspaper with a fake story about animals getting loose from the zoo and running amuck. Maybe he was born a couple of hundred years too early. He was a larger than life character and is begging for a great biography. De Long and Bennett make an odd partnership. The Christian Science Monitor, Book Reviews ; Dotinga, Randy.