Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jan 21, 2009 - History - 336 pages
9 Reviews
“An extraordinary real-life adventure of men battling the elements and themselves, told with ice-cold precision.”
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In the dark years following the Civil War, America’s foremost Arctic explorer, Charles Francis Hall, became a figure of national pride when he embarked on a harrowing, landmark expedition. With financial backing from Congress and the personal support of President Grant, Captain Hall and his crew boarded the Polaris, a steam schooner carefully refitted for its rigorous journey, and began their quest to be the first men to reach the North Pole. Neither the ship nor its captain would ever return.

What transpired was a tragic death and whispers of murder, as well as a horrifying ordeal through the heart of an Arctic winter, when men fought starvation, madness, and each other upon the ever-shifting ice. Trial by Ice is an incredible adventure that pits men against the natural elements and their own fragile human nature. In this powerful true story of death and survival, courage and intrigue aboard a doomed ship, Richard Parry chronicles one of the most astonishing, little known tragedies at sea in American history.

“ABSORBING . . . Suspense builds as Parry describes the events leading up to Hall’s ‘murder,’ then climaxes in horrifying detail.”
–Publishers Weekly

“RIVETING.”
–Library Journal



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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

Trial by Ice is an incredible adventure that pits men against the natural elements and their own fragile human nature. Beyond this, it is also an authentic murder mystery that, in its time, led to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pondlife - LibraryThing

This tells the story of the American Polaris expedition to the north pole in 1871. The expedition was a total failure, and it was really doomed from the start because of poorly defined ... Read full review

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Contents

A DREADFUL NIGHT
MAROONED
ADRIFT
ON THE BEACH
SLOW STARVATION
THE INQUEST
THE WHITEWASH
1968

NIPPED
DEATH
DISORDER
CALAMITY
RETREAT

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About the author (2009)

Richard Parry is a retired surgeon who practiced in Anchorage, Alaska.  He now lives in Sun City, Arizona. He is the author of three acclaimed novels on Wyatt Earp, as well as That Fateful Lightning: A Novel of Ulysses S. Grant.


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