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LABYRINTH OF ICE: THE TRIUMPHANT AND TRAGIC GREELY POLAR EXPEDITION Buddy Levy 2019 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
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New York, St Martins Press, 2019, 1st edition. 376 pp, 26 photos. The photos are printed on glossy stock so they have excellent detail. Hardcover with Dust Jacket, New. 

Greely's lost expedition was a story on par with 20th century tragedies such as the Lindbergh kidnapping in 1932 and the 1996 Into Thin Air tragedy on Mount Everest. 

In 1881, American Army officer Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely and his crew of scientists and explorers set off on an expedition to go as far north as possible — to the Farthest North — and to break the record held by the British for three centuries. While stationed there, Greely’s team established research stations and collected scientific data, all while fighting frostbite, intense darkness, mutinous crew, and packs of marauding wolves. 

After waiting two years for resupply ships to reach them, Greely took his men on a harrowing journey south to find rescue, travelling over 200 miles with ever-dwindling supplies, the men going so far as to eat their shoes and sleeping-bag covers to stay alive. Levy’s narrative situates the expedition within the complex cultural framework of the late nineteenth century, giving his readers plenty of background to the political decisions that drove the exhibition and the accompanying rescue missions. At the same time, Levy never overburdens his readers in minutiae, deftly telling the harrowing story of Greely and his men and their historic voyage. —Alison Walker

 

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