Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North
The epic history of the explorers and adventurers who risked -- and sometimes lost -- their lives in the quest to conquer and claim the Arctic.
Ever since approximately 325 BC, the Arctic has been the backdrop for tales of triumph and disaster, of hardship and horrors endured by those who were drawn to the northern latitudes. For centuries the major world powers sponsored teams of explorers seeking trade routes as well as the chance to claim new territories. These commercial interests brought them into contact with natives, who at first saw white crews die in the forbidding landscape they called home only to later succumb to disease, alcohol, and the drastic environmental changes wrought by global trade.
At a time when global warming is drastically altering the region, Arctic Obsession chronicles an age when the Arctic remained one of the last unconquered places on Earth.
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Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far NorthUser Review - Book Verdict
The Arctic has long tantalized people's imaginations and Troubetzkoy (A Brief History of the Crimean War) seeks to explain why this lure is so strong. He starts with Pytheas, a fourth-century B.C.E ... Read full review
ARCTIC OBSESSION: The Lure of the Far NorthUser Review - Kirkus
A boisterous survey of those answering the Siren call of the North Pole.Troubetzkoy (A Brief History of the Crimean War, 2006, etc.) proceeds roughly chronologically as he follows dozens of explorers ... Read full review