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Across Arctic America: Narrative of the Fifth Thule Expedition (Classic Reprint Series)
by Knud Rasmussen, Terrence Cole, Knud Rassmussen
Paperback from Univ of Alaska Pr

Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson
by Jeri Ferris
Paperback from Carolrhoda Books

Barren Lands: An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic
by Kevin Krajick
Hardcover from W H Freeman & Co.

Barrow's Boys: A Stirring Story of Daring, Fortitude, and Outright Lunacy
by Fergus Fleming
Listed under The Age of Sail

Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard
by Sara Wheeler
Hardcover from Random House

Disaster at the Pole : The Crash of the Airship Italia
by Wilbur Cross
Hardcover from The Lyons Press

A Fabulous Kingdom: The Exploration of the Arctic
by Charles B. Officer, Jake Page
Hardcover from Oxford University Press


Farthest North (Modern Library (Paper))
by Fridtjof Nansen, Roland Huntford
Paperback from Modern Library

Icebound: The Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North Pole
by Loenard F. Guttridge, Leonard F. Guttridge
Paperback from Berkley Pub Group

Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition
by Scott Cookman
By the mid-19th century, after decades of polar exploration, the fabled Northwest Passage seemed within reach. In 1845 the British Admiralty assembled the largest expedition yet, refitting two ships with steam engines and placing the seasoned if somewhat lackluster Sir John Franklin in command of the 128-man expedition. After sailing into Baffin Bay, they were never heard from again. 

Drawing on early accounts from relief expeditions as well as recent archeological evidence, Scott Cookman reconstructs a chronicle of the expedition in Ice Blink. Cookman, a journalist with articles in Field & Stream and other magazines, excels when firmly grounded in the harrowing reality of 19th-century Arctic exploration. When he speculates about what happened to the Franklin expedition, however, he is on less solid ground and his writing suffers. 

Particularly overwrought is the promised "frightening new explanation" for the expedition's demise. Cookman suggests that it was caused by the "grotesque handiwork" of an "evil" man, Stephan Goldner, who had supplied its canned foods. This is hardly new. As early as 1852, investigators determined that the expedition's canned goods were probably inferior and canceled provisioning contracts with Goldner. How a hundred men survived for nearly three years despite lead poisoning and botulism remains a mystery. In the end, as Cookman himself acknowledges, the expedition was ultimately doomed by its reliance on untested technology such as the steam engine, armor plating, and canned provisions. These criticisms aside, Ice Blink is an interesting narrative of this enduring symbol of polar exploration and disaster. --Pete Holloran -
(Hardcover -- February )

The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk and the Miraculous Rescue of her Survivors
by Jennifer Niven
Hardcover from Hyperion

In the Land of White Death
by Valerian Albanov, David Roberts, Jon Krakauer
Paperback from Modern Library

The Last Voyage of the Karluk: A Survivor's Memoir of Arctic Disaster
by William Laird McKinlay, Mc Kinlay
Paperback from Griffin Trade Paperback

Lost in the Arctic: Explorations on the Edge (Adrenaline Classics Series)
by Lawrence Millman
Paperback from Thunder's Mouth Press

My Attainment of the Pole
by Frederick Albert Cook, Robert M. Bryce
Paperback from Cooper Square Press

Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole
by Fergus Fleming
Hardcover from Grove Press

The Search for the North West Passage
by Ann Savours
(Hardcover -- October )

Searching for the Franklin Expedition: The Arctic Journal of Robert Randolph Carter
by Robert Randolph Carter, Joanne Young, Harold B. Gill
Hardcover from United States Naval Inst.

Women Explorers in Polar Regions: Louise Arner Boyd, Kate Marsden, Ida Pfeiffer, Helen Thayer, Agnes Deans Cameron (Capstone Short Biographies)
by Margo McLoone, Margo McLoone-Basta
School & Library Binding from Capstone Press

Ghosts of Cape Sabine: The Harrowing True Story of the Greely Expedition
by Leonard F. Guttridge
Hardcover from Putnam Pub Group
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Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition
by Richard Parry
Hardcover from Ballantine Books (Trd)

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