"Fascinating."--The Boston Globe
"One of the best Arctic narratives ever written."--David Roberts
In 1860, fifteen years after Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition disappeared in the Arctic, a Cincinnati businessman named Charles Francis Hall set out to locate and rescue the expedition's survivors. He was an amateur explorer, without any scientific training or experience, but he was driven by a sense of personal destiny and of religious and patriotic mission. Despite the odds against him, he made three forays into the far North, the final--and fatal--one taking him farther north than any westerner had ever gone before. But Hall was suddenly taken ill on that voyage and died under mysterious circumstances.
Ninety-seven years later, Chauncey Loomis headed an expedition to Hall's grave in northwestern Greenland. He exhumed Hall's frozen body and performed an autopsy. His findings suggest that the investigators of Hall's death nervously sidestepped the damning evidence. Loomis has written a masterful biography-cum-mystery that brilliantly evokes the lure of the Arctic and the brutal contest between man and nature.
With a new Introduction by Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal
A detailed biography of certainly the oddest and easily the most fascinating of the 19th century polar explorers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steffan B. Aletti
C.F. Hall deserves a higher place in the pantheon of 19th century Arctic explorers. Hall had no experience as a sailor, navigator or explorer yet he made 3 excursions into the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by TigVI
Very intriguing story. Charles Francis Hall was an American original, and the authors does honor the man well. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ivan Serov
This story illustrates the compulsion of people attracted to places they are not equipped to deal with and die trying. Read morePublished 23 months ago by R. Denley
starting out slow but gets better, enjoying it as, much as i read about the adventures to the arctic,still not on my bucket list
Mike Horns book is what got me started on this... Read more
Charles Hall is the most extravagant figure in arctic exploration. His life is a poem. His biography is excellent. But, I have read a lot about arctic and antarctic exploration. Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by Stanislaw Herman