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Ninety Degrees North

The Quest for the North Pole

1st American ed

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Published by Grove Press in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

It was once believed that the North Pole was surrounded by an open polar sea. Some of the attempts to prove this theory and to reach the pole itself once the theory was abandoned are the subject of this book. Fleming, author of the critically acclaimed Barrow's Boys, provides an entertaining history of the many failed attempts to reach the North Pole, from the hardship of the Kane expedition of 1853 through the Amundsen-Ellsworth North Pole sighting via airship in 1926. Though not all polar attempts in this time period are covered, many of the major attempts are recounted and analyzed, providing a story that is both awe-inspiring and humorous. Drawing on research from published and unpublished accounts, Fleming tells the stories of the failed land/sea attempts by such polar adventurers as Edward Nares, Fridtjof Nanson, Charles Francis Hall, August Petermann, and George Washington de Long, as well as the fatal attempt by Sweden's Salomon August Andr‚e by balloon. The controversial topic of who first stood at 90-degrees North is not answered here; only through the investigation of Frederick Cook's and Robert Peary's expeditions does the reader learn that neither can conclusively claim this achievement.

Edition Notes

"First published in Great Britain by Granta Books 2001"--T.p. verso

Includes bibliographical references (p. [454]-458) and index

Other Titles
90 degrees North

Classifications

Library of Congress
G620 .F58 2001

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxi, 470 p., [24] p. of plates :
Number of pages
470

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL17074518M
Internet Archive
ninetydegreesnor00flem
ISBN 10
0802117252
LC Control Number
2002021469
OCLC/WorldCat
49383878
Library Thing
154068
Goodreads
2300667
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