True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - History - 331 pages
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In 1909, two men laid rival claims to this crown jewel of exploration. A century later, the battle rages still. This book is about one of the most enduring and vitriolic feuds in the history of exploration. "What a consummate cur he is," said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded, "Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder." They had started out as friends and shipmates, with Cook, a doctor, accompanying Peary, a civil engineer, on an expedition to northern Greenland in 1891. Peary's leg was shattered in an accident, and without Cook's care he might never have walked again. But by the summer of 1909, all the goodwill was gone. Peary said he had reached the Pole in September 1909; Cook scooped him, presenting evidence that he had gotten there in 1908. Bruce Henderson makes a wonderful narrative out of the claims and counterclaims, and he introduces fascinating scientific and psychological evidence to put the appalling details of polar travel in a new context.
 

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I learned that Peary had discovered the North Pole. Turns out that may not be true. Bruce Hendeson tells the story of Cook and Peary both trying to be the first to reach the North Pole. Both men had ... Read full review

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User Review  - sriemann - LibraryThing

It took a little bit to get into this book, but once I did, I listened to it everyday on my way home from work as a way to let go of the thoughts of work. As the polar race progressed, the author's ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
11
Prologue
17
Call of the Northland
29
North Greenland Expedition
42
Arctic Tenderfoots
50
Death on a Glacier
68
Ruled with an Iron Hand
78
The Snow Baby
89
Farthest North
156
A Crazy Hunger
173
I Shall Win This Time
185
Polar Quest
194
Forward March
206
I Have Reached the Pole
224
Nailed to the Pole
244
Seized by a Heartsickness
261

Polar Summer Resort
101
Bounty Hunting
109
Destination Antarctica
116
The Ice Man
133
Roof of the Continent
143
Aftermath
272
Source Notes
297
Bibliography
315
Index
319
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Bruce Henderson is the author and coauthor of many nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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