La Conquista del Polo Norte = Ninety Degrees North Fergus Fleming

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La Conquista del Polo Norte = Ninety Degrees North  by  Fergus Fleming

La Conquista del Polo Norte = Ninety Degrees North by Fergus Fleming
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The 19th-century equivalent of the race to land man on the Moon was the search for the Arctic pole, a story recounted in Fergus Flemings Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole. The contest began with efforts to find Sir John Franklin,MoreThe 19th-century equivalent of the race to land man on the Moon was the search for the Arctic pole, a story recounted in Fergus Flemings Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole. The contest began with efforts to find Sir John Franklin, who had been lost searching for the Northwest passage, but soon became a hunt for the legendary open polar sea in which earnest Americans, methodical Brits, strong and silent Scandinavians and even a dashing Italian prince endured the ice for months (years in some cases) in the name of patriotism.

In the end, as Fleming shows, there were no real winners, but merely disputes over whose navigational geometry was most authentic- the race became instead a competition for who could get there in the most original manner--be it with ironclad ships, balloons, skis, airships or motorbikes.

Only in the last 40 years did it occur to the intrepid that two feet might be best. But unlike the with Antarctica, the real epic here was not the discovery of the North Pole, but outlasting the snows, floes and Eskimoes and returning with crew intact. This book isnt a patch on Francis Spuffords stylish and prizewinning I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, but for bringing together the accounts of the best known of the Arctic adventurers, especially the Americans and the Swedes, Fleming is to be praised.--Miles Taylor



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