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Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage 1st Edition

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After Columbus found his voyage to Asia unexpectedly blocked by the New World, one driving goal of explorers was to find a way around it. To the south, the Strait of Magellan is one of the most difficult journeys in the world; it seemed only reasonable to expect that a more comfortable alternative would lie to the north.

In the event, of course, the world is not designed for human comfort, and the Northwest Passage is incredibly arduous and not particularly useful. But the search motivated Arctic exploration and adventure for hundreds of years, and inspired many gripping or tragic adventures. Arctic archeologist James Delgado relates these tales--the voyages of the Norsemen, Henry Hudson, Sir John Franklin, and others--with a rare combination of verve, historical context, and lots of illustrations. Maps, photos, and images from different eras make Across the Top of the World a fascinating book for browsing or for concentrated reading. It's an invaluable companion--reference, atlas, and history--to any other book about polar exploration and adventure. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Like George Mallory, Sir John Franklin died at an icy extreme of the globe. The cumulative efforts of those who followed Franklin (1786-1847) into the Arctic in order to discover what became of him eventually led to the charting of the Northwest Passage, a sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the coast of North America. The history of the European quest for the Passage is full of dramatic stories of men at their best and worst in harsh conditions. Delgado's workmanlike history stretches from Martin Frobisher's voyages (1576-1578) through the doomed expedition of Franklin (1845-1847) to Norwegian Roald Amundsen's successful voyage through the Passage in 1906. The saga is filled with cannibalism, lack of foresight, heroism, resourcefulness, greed and the stiff upper lips of 19th-century British naval officers weathering the rigors of Arctic winters. Delgado, executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, gives blow-by-blow accounts of all the major voyages, noting those commanders, such as William Parry (1790-1855), who exhibited good judgment and a respect for the Arctic natives and those who, like Frobisher, confronted both the landscape and its inhabitants with imperial contempt. Delgado clearly did thorough research in an effort to place as many pertinent facts as possible between two covers. The result is an account of the European encounter with the Arctic that is stronger on detail than on drama. But the book is a spectacular reference. Readers who wish to read further about the Arctic would do well to have Delgado's book handy as they read Parry's journals or Barry Lopez's beautiful Arctic Dreams. 80 full-color photos; 100 b&w illus.; 6 maps; bibliography; index. BOMC and History Book Club alternates. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553651596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553651598
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The moment I picked up the book I couldn't put it down! It is truly a story of adventure, courage, tragedy, and triump.I am currently reading Endurance and this book with all of it's woderful photographs,and illustrations has given me insight into what it must have been like to have been there.I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Arctic and it's courageous explorer's. Mr Delgado I give your book five stars!!!
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The Norsemen may have been the first to attempt this passage but they were certainly not the last. Over 300 years of trials and bitter, freezing failures were to come and go before Norwegian Roald Amundsen finally conquered the passage in the early 20th century. It is not a coincidence that the only other undiscovered lands and the last of the remaining great adventures was also in a snowy, bitter climate - Shackleton's voyage to the Antarctic on the 'Endurance' was taking place at about the same time.
Disimilar to other 'popular history' books, this one does not have the same easy, flowing, narrative style but what it does differently and better than other pop histories is give details. Here you learn all that you could possibly want to know about every unfortunate mission that unsuccessfully sought the Nortwest passage. Crammed with maps, photos and illustrations it's all here. The little sidebar descriptions - mini biographies- of many of the explorers is a nice feature.
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After having successfully transited the Northwest Passage in 2009 ("The Other Side of The Ice") I bought this book to gain even more knowledge on what has to be the most amazing area of the world. Brilliant in every way. I highly recommend it!
Sprague Theobald
The Other Side of the Ice: One Family's Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage
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This book has the capacity to touch you intellectually and emotionally. It is a well written book on explorers and exploration. This book brings to life those searching for the Northwest Passage. Their struggles and hardships are well documented.
I loaned this book to a friend, who is somewhat of a stoic, and inquired how he liked it. He responded the book brought tears to his eyes. He was able to clearly envision the hardships these people endured. Amazingly, they willingly faced those hardships again to assist others.
This book takes you to a time when extrodinary hardships were dealt with as a fact of life.
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During my lifetime, mans endeavors at pushing back the boundaries of the unknown were attacking the sound barrier, and going into space ... culminating in landing on the moon, and equally important, the return to our diverse blue planet alive. Then ... there were the manned descents to the deepest known ocean floor .. "Challenger Deep" in "Trieste" and "Deep Challenger" for a bold push to expand our knowledge under the sea.

But, there was a time, a time spanning centuries when the curiosity of the vast unknown was not as lofty as space, nor as deep as 35,700' below the surface of the ocean. It was a shorter nautical path west ... to the Pacific, and the trade opportunities in the far east. The problem ... the newly discovered and vastly uncharted continents of the north, central and south Americas were blocking the way. There had to be a path toward the north. A pathway involving direct penetrations off the map into the dangerous uncharted cold icy unknown.

James P. Delgado does a magnificent job, with excellent utilization of maps, charts, photos, paintings and drawings to lay out the historical journey of conquest; man seeking a sea passage across the often bitterly frozen and deadly north. A very good read! Great nautical history.
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I found this book a very interesting read. The photos were wonderful. It covers the varied expeditions on the quest for the Northwest Passage. Lots of people lost their lives and ultimately it was not, of course, a really usable shipping route.
The Franklin expedition and the various search parties is well covered. The one existing daguerotype of Franklin, which I had not seen, is included, as are the recent discoveries and theories about what happened.
At a bargain price, this is a nice gift book. Mine came without the tell tale black "bargain stripe" on the spine.
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I really loved this book. Delgado's writing is so vivid and clear that you really feel like you are there! Everyone should read this.
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