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ACROSS THE TOP OF THE WORLD: TO THE NORTH POLE BY SLED, BALLOON, AIRPLANE AND NUCLEAR ICEBREAKER Fisher, David 1992 1st edition Hardcover
By Fisher, David E.
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NY, 1992, 1st edition. 256 pp, color photos. Men have attacked it with sleds & dirigibles, snowmobiles & submarines. Incredibly, no one stood upon the North Pole until 1968. In 1991, David Fisher went there, on a posh, semi-comic cruise on the Soviet icebreaker Sovetskiy Soyuz. Now, Fisher recounts not only his own colorful adventures, but an incredible history of frequently madcap, often horrific explorations, bringing to life a remarkable band of heroes, liars, visionaries, braggarts & fools, as well as such legendary explorers as Frederick Cook & Admiral Peary.
 
Only July 27, 1991, the Sovetskiyok/Soyuz , a Russian nuclear-powered ship, sailed from Murmansk on a three-week luxury cruise across the polar ice cap. Fisher, a nuclear physicist from the University of Miami, was among the passengers. Into this engaging day-by-day account of the voyage, he deftly intersperses stories of earlier expeditions in search of the Pole--those of Hansen, Andree, Peary, Cook, Byrd and others.
 
To Fisher, the cruise was of scientific interest; to most of his fellow-passengers, it was simply an exciting trip to nowhere, with the thrill of danger. Fisher found his cabin too hot, the menus elaborate, the food awful. The early explorers experienced life-threatening situations daily; the cruise passengers enjoyed champagne-and-vodka parties on the ice. The voyage ended at Provideniya, easternmost city in Siberia. Fisher gives a vivid portrait of the extensive pollution there. Hardcover, DJ, New.

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