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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (79 of 103)
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True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole by Bruce Henderson
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the most rounded and objective description of the race to the North Pole that I have ever read. Other books lead you to the conclusion that Peary reached the pole first and that Cook definitely did not. Other books tell you Peary was driven, single-minded and determined not to share the glory with another white man. Henderson's version leads you to the conclusion that Peary, although he did get close to the pole on his final attempt in 1909, did not reach the pole. Peary then used his connections to spoil the claim by Dr. Cook. Cook was a very capable polar explorer and may have actually reached the pole but there can never be any proof. Henderson does not explore the treatment of… Read more
Negro Explorer at the North Pole: The Autobiograph&hellip by Matthew A. Henson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book had the potential to be really good and started with a promising introduction (and an insightful piece at the end) but the bulk of the book is just a diary by Henson himself i.e. got up, made breakfast, walked a bit, stopped and fed the dogs etc.. What I wanted to know about is his real relationship with Peary (and Captain Bob Bartlett). Henson just refers to Peary as a nice chap and makes only a few references to Peary's darker side. Worth reading but a lost opportunity.
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Having read many true accounts of arctic adventures I thought I read some arctic fiction. The historical references seem to be correct. However the story is not one of heroism and neither is it uplifting in any way. It is the account in the life of an analytical academic who's seen the world but lives purely within his own small world. He let's life happen to him and suffers the consequent misery. It has a touch of the Jane Austen about it with unrequited love and full skirts etc. but also has the odd clumsily written sordid paragraph which would have been best left out.

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