Hampton Sides: "In the Kingdom of Ice"
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In the late 19th century, people were obsessed with one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the arctic seas. Some scientists thought warm currents fed an open polar sea filled with marine life. The eccentric owner of the New York Herald decided to use his wealth to fund a U.S. naval expedition to reach the pole. In 1879, the USS Jeanette set out on an epic voyage into uncharted waters. In a new book, best-selling author Hampton Sides recounts the story of the 33 men who struggle through ferocious storms and labyrinths of ice in this arctic adventure.
author of "Ghost Soldiers," "Blood and Thunder," and "Hellhound on His Trail." He is an editor-at-large at Outside magazine and a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine.
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Excerpted from IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. Copyright © 2014 by Hampton Sides. Excerpted by permission of Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.