Ghosts of Cape Sabine: The Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition

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Putnam, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 354 pages
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"Ghosts of Cape Sabine is an extraordinary, true Arctic drama of man against nature - and man against man." "Twenty-five men went north. Only six returned alive." "In July 1881, an expedition composed mainly of American soldiers sailed off to establish a scientific base in the remote Arctic region of Lady Frankin Bay. What happened afterward is a remarkable three-year saga of human achievement and human frailty, of heroism, hardship, bad luck and worse judgment. Compounded by deliberate political negligence back home, especially on the part of Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the late president, and increasingly fierce dissension in its own camp, the expedition's fate, and that of its would-be rescuers, eventually encompassed starvation, mutiny, suicide, shipwreck, execution... and cannibalism." "The story has been only partly known, and full of dark riddles, but more than seven years of research by historian Leonard Guttridge have uncovered journals, letters, diaries, and other documentary material that for the first time provide intimate day-by-day details of the swirling events surrounding that ill-fated voyage, from turbulent birth to bizarre and tragic finale."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Last year I read North by Roger Hubank, a fictional account of the Greely expedition. Afterwards, I wanted to read an historical account of the Greeley expedition. In this book, I learned more about problems with the first two relief attempts. I liked Guttridge's detailed end notes describing the sources from institutions such as the National Archives and the Library of Congress. 

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Twenty-five men led by Greely set off to the North Pole for a science expedition that is slated for a year of study that turns into three years of frozen hell and starvation. The US government had a ... Read full review

Contents

THE FIRST WINTER
79
PRIVATE BEEBE AND THE NEPTUNE 11 THE SECOND WINTER
103
FATAL AMBIGUITY
127
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Leonard F. Guttridge is the author or coauthor of several books, including Icebound: The Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North Pole; Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection; and The Commodores. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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