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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. 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 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 Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." 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 Jeannette 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 -- a 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.… (mais)
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Título:In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
Autores:Hampton Sides (Autor)
Informação:Doubleday (2014), 480 pages
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Hampton Sides recent book "In the Kingdom of Ice" tells the story of a failed nineteenth century quest to reach the North Pole aboard the USS Jeannette. While the story revolves primarily on the officers and men of the ship, Mr. Sides also includes background on several other significant individuals relevant to the exploration, one being James Gordon Bennett, owner of the New York Herald and prime funder of the voyage, and a German cartographer August Petermann. Bennett was an eccentric society figure, who believed that newspapermen should be making the news as well as reporting the news, and hoped an Arctic expedition to the Pole would make great headlines for his paper. Petermann was an eminent geographer of the era, and one who pushed the idea that a small ring of ice surrounded the North Pole, which would be located in a warm polar sea. (With the benefit of current knowledge, it's interesting to see what "experts" believed about unknown lands some 150 years ago).

If your knowledge of polar discoveries and the subtitle of the book (Terrible Polar Voyage) didn't already give it away, the expedition failed in its mission. The adventure of the book is more in the attempt to stay alive and return to civilization after the ship became locked in the Arctic ice, and Mr. Sides provides a wealth of information about the hardship of trying to return.

While I believe that Mr. Sides did an excellent job of pulling the information about the ill-fated USS Jeannette together, the story still falls somewhat short of two of my favorite lost-ship adventures, those being Nathaniel Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea", and Caroline Alexander's "The Endurance".

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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
nonfiction (doomed north pole excursion; arctic shipwreck/survival). Very readable narrative account of the voyage of the USS Jeannette.

What became of them?
Twenty-five men lock'd in ice,
'Twas no Paradise. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I listened to the audibook. It was informative, entertaining, and I suggest it for anyone interested in history. ( )
  SleepyBooksandCakes | Aug 22, 2020 |
Extraordinary book! Highly recommend. ( )
  lasvegasbookie | Aug 20, 2020 |
In the 1880's, an expedition to be the first to reach the North Pole discovered the true immensity of the polar region with disastrous consequences. ( )
  addunn3 | Jun 23, 2020 |
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Hampton Sides's "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette," which recounts the astonishing tribulations of a group of seafarers determined to be the first men to reach and reconnoiter the North Pole, is a splendid book in every way.
 
... as Hampton Sides illustrates in his vivid new book, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” hopelessly naive notions rarely lead to good outcomes in the Arctic.
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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. 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 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 Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." 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 Jeannette 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 -- a 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.

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