By Hampton Sides
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New York Times bestselling writer Hampton facets returns with a white-knuckle story of polar exploration and survival within the Gilded Age
In the overdue 19th century, humans have been obsessed through one of many final unmapped parts of the globe: the North Pole. not anyone knew what existed past the castle of ice rimming the northern oceans, even if theories abounded. the key cartographer on the earth, a German named August Petermann, believed that hot currents sustained a verdant island on the most sensible of the realm. nationwide glory might fall to whoever might plant his flag upon its shorelines.
James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously filthy rich proprietor of The manhattan Herald, had lately captured the world's realization through dispatching Stanley to Africa to discover Dr. Livingstone. Now he used to be prepared to re-create that sensation on a good extra epic scale. So he funded an legitimate U.S. naval excursion to arrive the Pole, opting for as its captain a tender officer named George Washington De lengthy, who had received reputation for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De lengthy led a staff of 32 males deep into uncharted Arctic waters, wearing the aspirations of a tender nation burning to develop into an international strength. On July eight, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds within the grip of "Arctic Fever."
The send sailed into uncharted seas, yet quickly used to be trapped in pack ice. years into the harrowing voyage, the hull used to be breached. Amid the push of water and the shrieks of breaking wood forums, the staff deserted the send. below an hour later, the iJeannette[/i] sank to the bottom,and the lads came upon themselves marooned 1000 miles north of Siberia with merely the barest offers. therefore all started their lengthy march around the never-ending ice--a frozen hell within the such a lot lonesome nook of the realm. dealing with every thing from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the day trip battled insanity and hunger as they desperately strove for survival.
With twists and turns necessary of a mystery, In The nation of Ice is a spellbinding story of heroism and resolution within the so much unforgiving territory on the earth.