In the Kingdom of Ice

In the Kingdom of Ice

The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

eBook - 2014
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New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded AgeIn 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. 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. 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...
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780385535380
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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terri317
Sep 01, 2020

I heard Mr. Sides give a talk about this book before reading it. He included recordings of ice moving in his talk, and I was haunted by those sounds while reading the story. This is a great story and a good read!

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rogeraeschliman
Aug 30, 2020

I cast my vote with the "this was a great story, well-told" raters. Self-sacrifice, courage, determination, grit and a will to survive. Just try to wrap your mind around being stuck in ice for a year, on a ship with 30 other men, staying healthy and sane. Then slogging thousands of miles through ice, slush and water to find refuge. Fabulous telling of history we have forgotten.

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brippel55
Jan 06, 2020

Great book. Very eye opening.

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good_stuff_4U
Jul 28, 2019

Never to be forgotten...Compelling, True Story. Profound piece of American history. Even the Prologue is important...but start at the very beginning.

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byeilding
Nov 19, 2018

I have enjoyed many books written by Mr. Sides. This was not one of them. It dragged on forever and I gave up on it after listening to 4 discs.

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AaronAardvark1940
Nov 08, 2018

A great story about a real expedition that was completely unknown to me. Like his "Blood and Thunder," heavily researched and annotated.

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avidFVreader
Feb 16, 2018

One of the best books I've ever read. Even knowing the outcome of this ill-fated arctic expedition by the title, I could not put it down. It was well researched and told in a riveting manner. The background information in the first half of the book gave an understanding of the level of scientific knowledge in the 19th century and developed the characters.
This is a very good read - Highly recommended.

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DMC_123
Aug 08, 2016

I couldn't put this book down! Parts of it still haunt me months after finishing the story.

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sc7982
Apr 25, 2016

After reading the story, I felt the heartache, challenges and difficulties of those who made this journey through the north pole. This is a good read.

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paulsarkisian
Feb 29, 2016

I really liked this Arctic exploration adventure. There is a lot of background information in first half of book, but it felt necessary to establish the settings of time and place and the state of scientific knowledge at the time. I found the book engaging and the rich historical background fascinating and worthwhile. I was impressed how well the characters came to life across the many years and settings
Skillful telling of an interesting story.

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SEBoiko
Nov 08, 2014

By the 1830's, the Russian state had converted most of the Yakuts - sometimes at gunpoint - to the Eastern Orthodox Church,...

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SEBoiko
Nov 08, 2014

One night with Venus, a life time with mercury.

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SEBoiko
Sep 30, 2014

put her into the ice and let her drift, and you may get through. Or, you may go to the devil - and the chances are about equal.

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SEBoiko
Sep 30, 2014

Knowledge of the world would feed even more knowledge of the world.

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SEBoiko
Sep 30, 2014

Love, even then, was playing tricks upon one who thought herself immune!

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SEBoiko
Sep 30, 2014

Why work against nature when you can work with it?

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SEBoiko
Nov 08, 2014

The whole history of Artic exploration is marked by great dangers, wonderful escapes, successes where appearances forbade any rational hope.

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