From Publishers Weekly
Who was first to reach the North Pole: Frederick Cook or Robert Peary? Herbert, who retraced both the Cook and the Peary routes, here provides an intensive examination of each man's claim to the Pole and determines that neither made their destination. "This is a valuable addition to Arctic history, and a gripping adventure story," said PW . Illustrated.
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From Library Journal
While not quite the "definitive answer" to the Peary-Cook polar controversy claimed by the publisher, this book is the most thorough and balanced examination of Peary's "discovery" of the North Pole yet. Cook, probably deservedly, gets somewhat short shrift. English explorer and author ( Across the Top of the World ) Herbert has logged 20,000 miles in the Arctic himself and was the first outsider to have access to some crucial documentation of Peary's final trek. Like many previous investigators, Herbert finds Peary's claims to be insufficiently documented and flawed, but he has a new theory as to how Peary went wrong. Essential for polar buffs, superseding such works as John E. Weems's Peary ( LJ 2/15/67; o.p.), but somewhat heavy going and detailed for tyros.- Jonathan F. Husband, Framingham State Coll. Lib., Mass.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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