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Cover of: Ninety Degrees North | Fergus Fleming
About the Book

It was once believed that the North Pole was surrounded by an open polar sea. Some of the attempts to prove this theory and to reach the pole itself once the theory was abandoned are the subject of this book. Fleming, author of the critically acclaimed Barrow's Boys, provides an entertaining history of the many failed attempts to reach the North Pole, from the hardship of the Kane expedition of 1853 through the Amundsen-Ellsworth North Pole sighting via airship in 1926. Though not all polar attempts in this time period are covered, many of the major attempts are recounted and analyzed, providing a story that is both awe-inspiring and humorous. Drawing on research from published and unpublished accounts, Fleming tells the stories of the failed land/sea attempts by such polar adventurers as Edward Nares, Fridtjof Nanson, Charles Francis Hall, August Petermann, and George Washington de Long, as well as the fatal attempt by Sweden's Salomon August Andr‚e by balloon. The controversial topic of who first stood at 90-degrees North is not answered here; only through the investigation of Frederick Cook's and Robert Peary's expeditions does the reader learn that neither can conclusively claim this achievement.

5 editions First published in 2001

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Cover of: Ninety Degrees North
Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole
October 13, 2003, Grove Press
Paperback in English
Cover of: Ninety Degrees North
Ninety Degrees North
October 11, 2002, Granta Books
Paperback - New Ed edition
Cover of: Ninety Degrees North
Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole
October 2002, Grove Press
Hardcover in English - 1 Amer ed edition
Cover of: Ninety Degrees North
Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole
2001, Grove Press
in English - 1st American ed
Cover of: Ninety degrees north

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