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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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<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><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>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 <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 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 Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expediti...
by Buddy Levy

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

December 03, 2019

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<p><b>鈥?lt;/b><b>A thrilling and harrowing story. If it鈥檚 a cliche to say I couldn鈥檛 put this book down, well, too bad: I couldn鈥檛 put this book down.</b><b>鈥?鈥擩ess Walter, bestselling author of <i>Beautiful Ruins</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淧olar exploration is utter madness. It is the insistence of life where life shouldn鈥檛 exist. And so, <i>Labyrinth of Ice</i> shows you exactly what happens when the unstoppable meets the unmovable. Buddy Levy outdoes himself here. The details and story are magnificent.鈥?</b>鈥?lt;b>Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of <i>The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington</i> </b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Based on the author's exhaustive research, the incredible true story of the Greely Expedition, one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration. </b></p><p>In July 1881, Lt. A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made. </p><p>Greely and his men confronted every possible challenge鈥攙icious wolves, sub-zero temperatures, and months of total darkness鈥攁s they set about exploring one of the most remote, unrelenting environments on the planet. In May 1882, they broke the 300-year-old record, and returned to camp to eagerly await the resupply ship scheduled to return at the end of the year. Only nothing came. </p><p>250 miles south, a wall of ice prevented any rescue from reaching them. Provisions thinned and a second winter descended. Back home, Greely鈥檚 wife worked tirelessly against government resistance to rally a rescue mission.</p><p>Months passed, and Greely made a drastic choice: he and his men loaded the remaining provisions and tools onto their five small boats, and pushed off into the treacherous waters. After just two weeks, dangerous floes surrounded them. Now new dangers awaited: insanity, threats of mutiny, and cannibalism. As food dwindled and the men weakened, Greely's expedition clung desperately to life.</p><p><i>Labyrinth of Ice</i> tells the true story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune鈥攁t any cost鈥攁nd how their journey changed the world.</p>
Surface at the Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate
by James Calvert

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English

Pages

246

Publication Date

June 28, 2019

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<b><h2>On 17 March 1959, the USS Skate became the first submarine to surface at the North Pole.</h2><br /><br />Under the guidance of James Calvert this nuclear submarine had navigated through polar ice packs, braved atrociously cold conditions, and broken through layers of thick ice to arrive at their destination; the northernmost point of the world.</b><br /><br />This mission, however, was not just about completing a seemingly impossibly feat of Arctic exploration.<br /><br />It also had huge implications for military strategy during the height of the Cold War. <br /><br />Now that submarines were able to travel under and break through the ice, it gave the U.S. military the capability of being avoid detection under the ice while being able to launch their Polaris missiles from points far closer to the Soviet Union.<br /><br />James Calvert鈥檚 remarkable account of his two voyages to the Arctic with the USS Skate provides vivid insight into life in a nuclear submarine and how these men were able to complete this treacherous mission.<br /><br />鈥渁 frank, honest and humorous account of the problems faced in penetrating this vast unknown.鈥?<em>Naval War College Review</em><br /><br />鈥渉e brought a keen eye for detail to his account of that first rise to the North Pole鈥?<em>The New York Times</em><br /><br />鈥淸James Calvert] proves as handy with pen as with periscope. 鈥?the two penetrations of the ice pack, in August of 1958 and March of 1959, make fresh and original reading.鈥?<em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br /><em>Surface at the Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate</em> should be essential reading for anyone interested in naval history and how U.S. Navy made innovative strides in arctic exploration through the 1950s.<br /><br />James Calvert served in the United States Navy, where he commanded USS Skate, the third nuclear submarine commissioned and the second submarine to reach the North Pole, which became the first to surface at the pole. His account of this journey, <em>Surface at the Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate</em> was published in 1960 and Calvert passed away in 2009.<br />
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>聽<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聽<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聽<i>Jeannette</i>聽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聽<i>Jeannette聽</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鈥攁 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,聽<i>In The Kingdom of Ice</i>聽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>
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." 鈥擫aurence 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鈥檚 famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.</p>
The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's...
by Jon Gertner

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

June 11, 2019

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<b>A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淛on Gertner takes readers to spots few journalists or even explorers have visited. The result is a gripping and important book.鈥濃€擡lizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning author of聽<i>The Sixth Extinction</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Washington Post </i>鈥?<i>The Dallas Morning News聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /> Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1,500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. For the last 150 years, explorers and scientists have sought to understand Greenland鈥攁t first hoping that it would serve as a gateway to the North Pole, and later coming to realize that it contained essential information about our climate. Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future. Greenland鈥檚 ice doesn鈥檛 just tell us where we鈥檝e been. More urgently, it tells us where we鈥檙e headed.<br /><br /> In <i>The Ice at the End of the World,</i> Jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth鈥檚 last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. The history of Greenland鈥檚 ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the twentieth century鈥攆irst on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds鈥攁nd embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy. Their original goal was simple: to conquer Greenland鈥檚 seemingly infinite interior. Yet their efforts eventually gave way to scientists who built lonely encampments out on the ice and began drilling鈥攐ne mile, two miles down. Their aim was to pull up ice cores that could reveal the deepest mysteries of earth鈥檚 past, going back hundreds of thousands of years.<br /><br /> Today, scientists from all over the world are deploying every technological tool available to uncover the secrets of this frozen island before it鈥檚 too late. As Greenland鈥檚 ice melts and runs off into the sea, it not only threatens to affect hundreds of millions of people who live in coastal areas. It will also have drastic effects on ocean currents, weather systems, economies, and migration patterns.<br /><br /> Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, amazing discoveries, and scientific achievements of the Arctic鈥檚 explorers and researchers with a transporting, deeply intelligent style鈥攁nd a keen sense of what this work means for the rest of us. The melting ice sheet in Greenland is, in a way, an analog for time. It contains the past. It reflects the present. It can also tell us how much time we might have left.
The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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<b>The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York鈥檚 Lower East Side who stowed away on the most remarkable feat of science and daring of the Jazz Age, <i>The Stowaway</i> is 鈥渁 thrilling adventure that captures not only the making of a man but of a nation鈥?(David Grann, bestselling author of <i>Killers of the Flower Moon</i>).</b><br /><br />It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet鈥檚 final frontier?<br /> <br /> Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning鈥檚 every stage. And then, the night before the expedition鈥檚 flagship set off, Billy Gawronski鈥攁 mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler, desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business鈥攋umped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.<br /> <br /> Could he get away with it?<br /> <br /> From the soda shops of New York鈥檚 Lower East Side to the dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica鈥檚 blinding white and deadly freeze, author Laurie Gwen Shapiro 鈥渘arrates this period piece with gusto鈥?(<i>Los Angeles Times</i>), taking readers on the 鈥渘ovelistic鈥?(<i>The New Yorker</i>) and unforgettable voyage of a plucky young stowaway who became a Roaring Twenties celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps era.
From Pole to Pole: Roald Amundsen's Journey in Flight
by Garth James Cameron

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

November 11, 2014

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Roald Amundsen was the most successful polar explorer of his era using sledges, dogs, skis, and ships. He is mainly remembered for being the first man to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911. What is less often remembered is that he was also the first man to reach the North Pole on May 12, 1926 as the leader of the Amundsen-Ellsworth-Nobile expedition in the airship <i>Norge</i>. His involvement in aviation from his experiments with man-lifting kites in 1909 to his death in 1928 while flying from Norway to Spitsbergen has not been the subject of a detailed study until now.<br /><br /><i>From Pole to Pole</i> explores Amundsen鈥檚 enthusiasm for flight from the moment he read about Bleriot鈥檚 flight across the English Channel in an airplane. In June 1928 Amundsen and five companions took off in a search and rescue flight for the missing airship <i>Italia</i> and were never seen again. The only traces of the men and their aircraft were a tip float and an empty fuel tank which washed up on the coast of Northern Norway several months later. Searches of the seabed near Bear Island for the remains of the Latham 47 flying boat he was flying in took place in 2004 and 2009 and interest in the mystery of his disappearance remains high.<br /><br />Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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."鈥擠avid 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鈥攖he U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838鈥?842. 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鈥攗ntil now鈥攂een relegated to a footnote in the national memory.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize</b>
The White Darkness
by David Grann

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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.

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