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Race To The Polar Sea

Ken McGoogan

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ISBN 10: 1554684846 / ISBN 13: 9781554684847
Published by Harper Perennial Canada, 2009
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Title: Race To The Polar Sea

Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada

Publication Date: 2009

Book Condition:Very Good

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In the mid-1800s, geographers revived the ancient idea that at the top of the world, encircling the North Pole, lay a temperate "Open Polar Sea." The voyager who discovered this balmy basin would etch his name forever in the annals of exploration.

Among those drawn to the challenge was Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, a charismatic adventurer from a leading Philadelphia family. In 1853, Kane embarked on a search for the Open Polar Sea and missing British explorer John Franklin. After sailing farther north than anyone yet, Kane and his men were trapped in the ice. In the harsh environment, Kane battled starvation, disease, and a near mutiny before abandoning ship to lead a desperate escape in sleds and small boats.

Race to the Polar Sea tells this story in heart-pounding detail. Drawing on documents never before seen, author Ken McGoogan brings to life a heroic figure famous in his day as America's greatest explorer, and celebrates a shining example of American courage and survival.

About the Author:

KEN MCGOOGAN is the author of a dozen books, among them four bestsellers about Arctic exploration: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge and Race to the Polar Sea. Those works won the Pierre Berton Award, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Canadian History, the Grant MacEwan Author’s Award, and the Christopher Award for “a work of artistic excellence.” Ken worked as a journalist for two decades, moving from the Toronto Star to the Montreal Star and the Calgary Herald, as books editor and columnist. He has served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. He teaches narrative non-fiction at the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Every summer, he voyages in the Northwest Passage as a resource historian with Adventure Canada.

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