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'Masterful storytelling... The reader is drawn into the ice from the first page and will not want to leave until the fate of every man is known.'
'Sides has brought together an absolutely marvelous cast of characters… All works of history should be half this much fun.'(Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia)
'One of the greatest and most harrowing adventures of all time. Spellbinding.'
'An Arctic thriller, an authentic narrative masterpiece.'(S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon)
'A dazzling page-turner.'(Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea)
'Harrowing and impeccably paced.'(New Yorker)
'A splendid book in every way... a marvelous nonfiction thriller.'(Wall Street Journal)
'Reads like a first-class epic thriller.'(Lev Grossman Time)
‘Unforgettable…a pulse-racing epic of endurance set against an exceedingly bizarre Arctic backdrop… a masterful work of history and storytelling.’(Los Angeles Times)
‘Phenomenally gripping… Sides works story-telling magic.'(Boston Globe)
'Sides spins a propulsive narrative from obscure documents, journals and his own firsthand visits to the Arctic regions visited by the Jeannette and its crew.'(USA Today)
‘First-rate polar history and adventure narrative... a harrowing story, well told.’(New York Times Book Review)
'The history of polar exploration sets a high bar for extreme physical ordeal ― think John Franklin, Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott ― and the tribulations of De Long and his crew stack up with the worst of them.'(Washington Post)
‘Hampton Sides is a master storyteller, and here he has delivered a stunningly vivid account of perhaps the most dramatic polar mission you never heard of. Once you start, you won't stop.’(Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down)
'An astonishingly good story.'(Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author of The Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt)
'A vivid tale of exploration set in a howling, deadly wilderness.'(T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt)
‘A stirring story… a brilliant exposition of narrative non-fiction: moving, harrowing, as gripping as any well-paced thriller but a lore more interesting because it is also true’(The Times)
‘[Sides] is a scrupulous researcher who has mined all the primary material, including extensive journals and medical logs carried home by survivors, and he quotes judiously, interleaving the narrative with heartbreaking extracts from letters written by De Long’s young wife’(Spectator) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Hampton Sides is the author of the bestselling histories Hellhound on his Trail, Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers, and is an award-winning editor of Outside magazine. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Excellent account of an expedition to the North Pole in the 1870's,extremely well written and a gripping account . Highly recommended.Published 14 days ago by J B SAUNDERS
Beautifully written book, gripping all the way to the heart-wrenching conclusionPublished 3 months ago by cjb
Fascinating tale of determination, heroism and planning. In the end, however, whether you survived was largely a matter of luck.Published 3 months ago by Anthony Foyle
Fabulous book. Could not put it down. I felt I was in the Arctic Circle with this true account of a incredible story.
Having read numerous books of this nature it stands out as an absolutely brilliant, absorbing read. I couldn't put it down. SuperbPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
this is one of the most enthralling books I've ever read. I can divide books into those I think i 'should' finish and those I can't stop reading even if I wanted, and this is the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by frequentflier
The book provides a picture of the main characters as real people ,their motivations, and personalities( including that of Gordon Bennett ) . Read morePublished 4 months ago by JMC