Icebound: The Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North Pole

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Berkley Books, Dec 1, 2001 - History - 237 pages
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On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette departed San Francisco on a voyage to reach the North Pole through the Bering Strait, basing the route on an untested theory that a warm water current from the Pacific Ocean flows into the Arctic. Less than two months later the ship was encased in ice.Trapped for two winters, the crew waited for freedom -while listening to the horrific shifting of the ice, which would eventually crush and sink the Jeannette. Striking out across the frozen wasteland, the crew reached open sea, and the remaining survivors tread their way across Siberia to safety. The final analysis of this voyage, investigated by both the U.S. Navy and Congress, has remained undisclosed until now.Through journals kept by the crew and other documentary evidence, Leonard F. Guttridge recreates the startling true story of the Jeannette expedition -a battle against nature -and reveals the U.S. Government conspiracy that hid the reasons behind the missionrs"s failure.

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Leonard F. Guttridge is drawn to exciting events. Too bad they aren't drawn to him. Guttridge has written books about two sad events of nineteenth century Arctic exploration, the Greeley expedition ... Read full review

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Another arctic book. This one describes an American attempt to get to the North Pole via ship up the coast of Alaska that ends up frozen in the icepack north of Siberia. This is the second Leonard ... Read full review


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Leonard F. Guttridge is the author of "Icebound: The Jeanette Expedition's Quest for the the North Pole, Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection, "and Ghosts of Cape Sabine: The Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

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