Ada BlackJack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic

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Hachette Books, Feb 21, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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Now available as an ebook, the gripping and inspiring tale of a woman's survival alone in the Arctic.

In 1921, four men and one woman ventured deep into the Arctic. Two years later, only one returned.

When 23-year-old Inuit Ada Blackjack signed on as a seamstress for a top-secret Arctic expedition, her goal was simple: earn money and find a husband. But her terrifying experiences -- both in the wild and back in civilization -- comprise one of the most amazing untold adventures of the 20th century. Based on a wealth of unpublished materials, including Ada's never-before-seen diaries, bestselling author Jennifer Niven narrates this true story of an unheralded woman who became an unlikely hero.

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Was there ever a polar expedition that went smoothly, accomplished its goals, and brought back every team member alive? Are there any books written about them? Maybe so, but you'd hardly know it ... Read full review

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Too long for story, in context of polar exploration hardly a footnote, Eskimo woman just not interesting enough central figure if man no attention.. Better works on polar exploration Niven's own earlier Ice Master, Wilbur Cross, Disaster at the Pole, Alden Todd, Abandoned, Richard Byrd, Alone, Wally Hebert, The Noose of Laurels, Alfred Lansing, enduranace. 

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About the author (2012)

Jennifer Niven's first book, The Ice Master, was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The book, which has been translated into nine languages, has been featured in such publications as Newsweek, the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, Outside, and Writer's Digest, and was the subject of full-length documentaries on Dateline NBC and the Discovery Channel. For more information, visit

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