True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 2006 - History - 352 pages
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"Nail-biting true adventure."--Kirkus Reviews

In 1909, two men laid rival claims to this crown jewel of exploration. A century later, the battle rages still. This book is about one of the most enduring and vitriolic feuds in the history of exploration. "What a consummate cur he is," said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded, "Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder." They had started out as friends and shipmates, with Cook, a doctor, accompanying Peary, a civil engineer, on an expedition to northern Greenland in 1891. Peary's leg was shattered in an accident, and without Cook's care he might never have walked again. But by the summer of 1909, all the goodwill was gone. Peary said he had reached the Pole in September 1909; Cook scooped him, presenting evidence that he had gotten there in 1908. Bruce Henderson makes a wonderful narrative out of the claims and counterclaims, and he introduces fascinating scientific and psychological evidence to put the appalling details of polar travel in a new context.
  

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Review: True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole

User Review  - Artguy - Goodreads

I am not very aware of the controversy surrounding who was the first to reach the North Pole. After reading this, I am on the side of Cook, a remarkable man who seemed to accomplish anything he set ... Read full review

Review: True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole

User Review  - Allie - Goodreads

Before I starting researching a few months ago, I had no clue that Robert Peary's claim on the North Pole was something of a debate, and after reading this account there's a pretty strong argument for ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
11
Prologue
17
PART ONE MEN OF DESTINY
27
Call of the Northland
29
North Greenland Expedition
42
Arctic Tenderfoots
50
Contents
52
Death on a Glacier
68
Farthest North
156
PART TWO TO THE POLE
171
A Crazy Hunger
173
I Shall Win This Time
185
Polar Quest
194
Forward March
206
I Have Reached the Pole
224
Nailed to the Pole
244

Ruled with an Iron Hand
78
The Snow Baby
89
Polar Summer Resort
101
Bounty Hunting
109
Destination Antarctica
116
The Ice Man
133
Roofof the Continent
143
Seized by a Heartsickness
261
Aftermath
272
Source Notes
297
Bibliography
315
Index
319
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About the author (2006)

Bruce Henderson is the author and coauthor of many nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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