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Title:
Polar extremes : the world of Lincoln Ellsworth
Author:
Pool, Beekman H., 1909-
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Publication Information:
Fairbanks, Alaska : University of Alaska Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
312 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781889963433

9781889963440
Format :
Book

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For many years, Lincoln Ellsworth's remarkable polar expeditions and discoveries were eclipsed by those of his famous friend Roald Amundsen and their rival Admiral Byrd. In Polar Extremes , Beekman Pool reveals the full story of Ellsworth's triumphs in his quest for unknown land, first in the Arctic, then in Antarctica.

Moving to and from the Poles, the saga is filled with colorful anecdotes and vivid quotations that recount the hero's tales of polar flights, crash landings, narrow escapes, and eventual triumphs. As impossible at it seems today, Ellsworth's 1926 attempt to fly across the North Pole with Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile was made in a dirigible. In 1935, he flew in his own custom-made plane over Antarctica and discovered the mountain range now called the Ellsworths.

A meticulously researched history and an adventure story fraught with life and death drama, the book is also a rich biographical portrait. Pool's sweeping view of twentieth-century polar exploration by air and sea is a story of daring, courage, and camaraderie, but also of the conflict, intrigue, and cunning that bedeviled polar explorers driven to be "the first." As Pool reveals the more intimate and personal side of Ellsworth's ambitious life, we understand the title Polar Extremes as a metaphor, suggesting the stark contrasts that define the passionate but essentially lonely hero. For all his competitive zeal in traveling across forbidding ice, Ellsworth also sought nature's beauty far away from his father's world of finance and luxurious leisure.

An exciting book for any reader in search of adventure, Polar Extremes is also a valuable reference for historians, scholars, and polar exploration buffs seeking a well-documented history.


Summary

Independent scholar Pool presents a biography of polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth (1880-1951) for historians and the general reader. Illustrated with b & w photos from Ellsworth's life and expeditions, the volume describes his adventures in pursuit of unknown lands. Coverage includes the explorer's 1926 attempt to fly over the North Pole in a dirigible and his Antarctic journeys by ship through treacherous grinding ice. Pool was a personal friend of Ellsworth's. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 8
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
1. The Long Road Northp. 19
2. The Big Tripp. 39
3. On the Icep. 59
4. Undeclared Racep. 75
5. First Crossing of the Polar Seap. 99
6. This Hero Businessp. 129
7. Friends in Needp. 141
8. Plans and Diversionsp. 149
9. Antarctica--Maiden Voyagep. 171
10. A Job to Dop. 189
11. Claiming Antarcticap. 219
12. Dreams Onlyp. 241
Epiloguep. 251
Endnotesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 303
About the Authorp. 312
List of Illustrationsp. 8
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
1. The Long Road Northp. 19
2. The Big Tripp. 39
3. On the Icep. 59
4. Undeclared Racep. 75
5. First Crossing of the Polar Seap. 99
6. This Hero Businessp. 129
7. Friends in Needp. 141
8. Plans and Diversionsp. 149
9. Antarctica--Maiden Voyagep. 171
10. A Job to Dop. 189
11. Claiming Antarcticap. 219
12. Dreams Onlyp. 241
Epiloguep. 251
Endnotesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 303
About the Authorp. 312

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