Farthest North: History of North Polar Explorations in Eye-witness Accounts by Clive Holland
The quest for the North Pole has long been one of the great adventure stories in the history of exploration. It has all the best ingredients - danger, heroic courage, tragedy and triumph, sensationalism, the quest for glory, fame and wealth, unsolved mystery, astounding incompetence, deep hatreds and a feud so bitter that it still simmers eighty years after the event. Nowadays tourists pay to be taken to the North Pole by icebreaker, but a century ago brave men vied with each other to get there first. Their stories form the subject of this book - a quest that has for long been one of the great adventure stories in the history of exploration. The book includes chapters on Nansen, Peary, Franklin, De Long and Nordenskjold.