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THE COLDEST CRUCIBLE: ARCTIC EXPLORATION AND AMERICAN CULTURE Michael F. Robinson 2006 Hardcover Fine INSCRIBED by Michael Robinson
By Robinson, Michael F.
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Chicago, Univ Chicago Press, 2006, 1st edition. 206 pp, 18 photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine condition. 

INSCRIBED by the author: ''To Bill (Isherwood), With warmest regards. Michael Robinson" 

In the late 1800s, "Arctic Fever" swept across the nation as dozens of American expeditions sailed north to the Arctic to find a sea route to Asia and, ultimately, to stand at the North Pole. Yet despite the Pole's geographic distance, Arctic exploration, Michael F. Robinson argues, was an activity that unfolded in America as much as it did in the wintry hinterland. 

Paying particular attention to the perils facing explorers such as Elisha Kent Kane, Charles Hall, and Robert Peary at home, The Coldest Crucible examines their struggles to build support for the expeditions before departure, defend their claims upon their return, and cast themselves as men worthy of the nation's full attention. In so doing, this book paints a new portrait of polar voyagers, one that removes them from the icy backdrop of the Arctic and sets them within the tempests of American cultural life. 

In the late 1800s, "Arctic Fever" swept across the nation as dozens of American expeditions sailed north to the Arctic to find a sea route to Asia and, ultimately, to stand at the North Pole. This book argues, was an activity that unfolded in America as much as it did in the wintry hinterland. 

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