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The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 24, 2012
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Still, I would agree with some of the other reviewers that, in the the end, you have a sense that the basic source material was insufficient to fill a book on the Andree expedition. There are substantial sections dealing with the Greely expedition and Nansen, neither of which have much of a direct relation to the Andree story. In the case of Greely, the link appears to be his public statement of skepticism about Andree's balloon idea. Not much else, but we still get a rather lengthy account of the well-known Greely story. I enjoyed the book and learned a few things about balloons and about the arctic, but I cannot praise it as highly as some others have done.
The author did short summaries of several other Arctic explorations and disasters, and you would be much better off spending your time reading the excellent Ghosts of Cape Sabine about the Greely Expedition, and Icebound, about De Long's attempt to reach the pole from the Bering Sea. Both of these are epic stories of survival and exploration with great maps. Another book that does an excellent job of summarizing expeditions to the Pole and search of the NW Passage is The Arctic Grail (670 pages!).
Take my advice and buy these other books instead; you won't be disappointed. Wilkinson should have titled his book "Information about stuff that happened before Andree launched his ballon to the Pole".
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As an author, I can appreciate the feeling when you realize you have an interesting story but not enough material to fill a book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel J. dundon
I should really learn to read the front flap of a book. A good portion of this book isn't about Andree's little balloon trip (it doesn't begin until 140 pages in), but about other... Read morePublished 4 months ago by KPDR87
A very interesting historical account of the 1897 Andre balloon expedition to the North Pole as well as historical background on ballooning. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Morowbie Jukes
it was okay, interesting but not really up my alley after Amazon recommended it for me.Published 9 months ago by gellikit
I am a fan of books about the exploration of extreme environments (the poles, jungles, mountains, deserts, etc), so I had high hopes for this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carrie
I received this book for Christmas and while Andree's story is incredible, this book does not do it justice. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brandon Carro
This book is about the Swedish explorer S.A. Andree, who in 1896, with two companions, attempted to fly a hydrogen-filled balloon over the North Pole. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Audiobook Bandit