Cook & Peary: The Polar Controversy, Resolved

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Stackpole Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 1133 pages
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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 ... Read full review

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What a fascinating book. The polar controversy began when Dr. Frederick A. Cook announced he had gotten to the north pole. Then Peary announced HE had gotten to the pole. This book tells the history ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Robert M. Bryce has been a scholar of the Cook-Peary dispute over the North Pole for more than forty years. Eight years of concentrated research in the primary materials of the dispute culminated in the publication of his massive study in 1997 under the title Cook and Peary, the Polar Controversy, Resolved. To date, it is the only book based on both the personal papers of Frederick A. Cook and Robert E. Peary. Bryce's original work in manuscript materials was recognized by the Library of Congress, which featured his findings in its exhibit that marked the library's centennial. He is also the author of several papers, including a preliminary survey and preservation recommendations for the Cook materials once held by the Frederick A. Cook Society, which resulted in their donation to Ohio State University. He has published scholarly articles examining aspects of Cook's Mount McKinley hoax, including a comparative study of Cook's and Edward Barrill's 1906 Alaskan diaries, published in DIO in 1997. A paper given at Brussels on Frederick Cook in 1998 was included in the published proceedings of the Belgica Expedition Centennial Symposium in 2000. His article on his recovery of the original drafts of the telegrams Cook sent from Lerwick, Scotland on September 1, 1909, announcing his polar attainment appeared in The Polar Record in2009 and was featured on the New York Times science blog. New, analytical introductions to modern reprints of Cook's My Attainment of the Pole, Peary's The North Pole, Matthew Henson's A Negro Explorer at the North Pole, and Josephine Peary's My Arctic Journal were published by Cooper Square Press in 2001-2002. His website, Frederick A. Cook: From Hero to Humbug is the most comprehensive source of information on Frederick Cook on the Internet. Bryce has appeared in four film documentaries on the Polar Controversy and has lectured widely on the subject. He was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Arctic and has published a number of feature book reviews of polar titles in The Polar Record and other academic publications. He also reviews new polar-themed titles for the American Library Association's academic selection journal Choice.

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