Cook & Peary: The Polar Controversy, Resolved
On September 1, 1909, Frederick A. Cook announced that he had reached the North Pole. Five days later Commander Robert E. Peary claimed the honor. Through his completely documented research, author Robert Bryce reconstructs events and presents the explorers, their motivations, and their accomplishments in their own words and in the words of their contemporaries. 125 photos.
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I'm finally finished with Robert Bryce's massive "Cook and Peary: The Polar Controversy Resolved." The book is ginormous enough that there are lots of interesting tidbits about the two polar explorers... but also there is too much extraneous detail about Cook in particular. (I really started rolling my eyes at the 20th description of a sumptuous dinner he attended.) After a while the book really starts to get repetitive... Peary accuses Cook of lying.... Cook's friends defend him... questions are raised about Peary.... rinse, repeat. This book is really more of a biography of Cook's whole life, rather than an exploration of Cook's and Peary's claims to be the first to the North Pole. I really started skimming once I got to the 100's of pages about Cook's oil scam, which eventually landed him in jail. Overall, I found the book to be disappointing... it was a hard, long slog without much payoff. (Does anyone really believe Cook and Peary reached the pole at this point? It's been fairly well established Cook, in particular, lied about this and his ascent up Mt. McKinley at this point.) I really didn't learn much new about either explorer that was super interesting to me. Possibly an abridged version of this book would have been better. That said, if you're writing a research paper about Cook or Peary, this book probably has everything you need.
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I'm finally finished with Robert Bryce's massive "Cook and Peary: The Polar Controversy Resolved." The book is ginormous enough that there are lots of interesting tidbits about the two polar explorers ...