Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition
“An extraordinary real-life adventure of men battling the elements and themselves, told with ice-cold precision.”
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In the dark years following the Civil War, America’s foremost Arctic explorer, Charles Francis Hall, became a figure of national pride when he embarked on a harrowing, landmark expedition. With financial backing from Congress and the personal support of President Grant, Captain Hall and his crew boarded the Polaris, a steam schooner carefully refitted for its rigorous journey, and began their quest to be the first men to reach the North Pole. Neither the ship nor its captain would ever return.
What transpired was a tragic death and whispers of murder, as well as a horrifying ordeal through the heart of an Arctic winter, when men fought starvation, madness, and each other upon the ever-shifting ice. Trial by Ice is an incredible adventure that pits men against the natural elements and their own fragile human nature. In this powerful true story of death and survival, courage and intrigue aboard a doomed ship, Richard Parry chronicles one of the most astonishing, little known tragedies at sea in American history.
“ABSORBING . . . Suspense builds as Parry describes the events leading up to Hall’s ‘murder,’ then climaxes in horrifying detail.”
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris ExpeditionUser Review - Steve P - Goodreads
Excellent, only spoilt by a 'tabloid' style of writing in places. How incompetence and political corruption bedevilled an American shipboard expedition that was to make the first journey to the North Pole in the late 19th Century. If this was a work of fiction it would be barely believable. Read full review
Review: Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris ExpeditionUser Review - Angela Wade - Goodreads
An overview of all the books on the Polaris expedition, sadly filled with speculation and hearsay. Did appreciate the medically-certain facts regarding snow blindness and hypothermia. The story about ... Read full review
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