By Airship to the North Pole: An Archaeology of Human Exploration

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Rutgers University Press, 1999 - History - 209 pages
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 By Airship to the North Pole chronicles the adventures of Swedish engineer Salomon August Andree, who made the first failed attempt to reach the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon in 1897, and of American journalist Walter Wellman who organized and led three unsuccessful air expeditions from 1907 to 1909. The book investigates the stories behind the quests to reach this remote and inhospitable outpost by air and examines how those stories were created and reported by the press. What he uncovers allows readers to reflect on the distortions of the written historical record, particularly unkind to Wellman, and what that may tell us about our own age of exploration as we look to the last frontiers in space.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART
17
The Unsinkable
47
PART
95
Advertising in Search of
113
The Airship Wrecks
127
Was Wellman a Liar?
145
Virgo Harbor and the Archaeology of Failure
163
Acknowledgments
177
Select Bibliography
193
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P. J. Capelotti is a lecturer in the social sciences department at Pennsylvania State University at Abington.

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