In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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NATIONAL BESTSELLERA white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and heroism in the Gilded Age from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers. • “A splendid book in every way…a marvelous nonfiction thriller.” —The Wall Street Journal

On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette.

Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carried the aspirations of a young country burning to be the first nation to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the Jeannette's hull was breached by an impassable stretch of pack ice, forcing the crew to abandon ship amid torrents of rushing of water. Hours later, the ship had sunk below the surface, marooning the men a thousand miles north of Siberia, where they faced a terrifying march with minimal supplies across the endless ice pack.

Enduring everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and labyrinths of ice, the crew battled madness and starvation as they struggled desperately to survive. With thrilling twists and turns, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most brutal place on Earth.

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98 reviews
Peter Moore
February 9, 2021
Fantastic read. Provides exhaustive context on the origins of the Jeannette Expedition and the key individuals who organized and conducted it, and the adventure itself is told in a very compelling manner. Only minor shortcoming is that the conclusion is rather abrupt (at least compared to the opening); aside from a brief mention of Nansen and lives of the surviving participants, there isn't much discussion on the aftermath and legacy of the expedition.
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Steve Evans
September 1, 2015
Loved it. Could not put it down. Fascinating first hand account style of writing that made you keenly aware of the monumental tribulations of this group of explorers. An expose of man's interminable survival extinct.
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J Johnston
December 31, 2020
Very interesting read it in 3 days. Shows what strength and courage our forefathers were made of..
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About the author

HAMPTON SIDES is the author of The New York Times bestselling histories On Desperate Ground, In the Kingdom of Ice, Hellhound on his Trail, Blood and Thunder, and Ghost Soldiers, which won the PEN USA Award for Nonfiction. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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