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True North: Peary, Cook, And The Race To The Pole Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 18, 2005
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Bruce Henderson ably lays out all the information at hand, including secondary accounts from supporters of both men. The issue seems to lie more in the personal aspects of both men who had once been colleagues but fell out very quickly in their first expedition together. This seemed to set the stage for increasing animosity culminating in Peary's attack on Cook Personally when Cook claimed to have reached the Pole.
Peary treated the Pole as a personal possession and already resented Cook, even before he made his claim. Henderson questions whether this personal dislike and Cook's propensity to hide away when under attack, has meant that Cook has failed to make the history books as the first to reach the North Pole as he should have.
Certainly this issue appears to have been a contentious one in many circles for a while, although perhaps not publically. While Henderson appears to not take sides on it overtly, I get the sense in this book that he strongly believes that Cook did get short changed.
whatever the outcome this was a ripping good read, and highly enjoyable for one who enjoys Arctic and Antarctic accounts.
Cook and Peary initially worked together to cross and map the Greenland ice cap. Due to conflict during the expedition, Cook decided not to work with Peary again when called upon to do so, instead choosing to lead Greenland expeditions of his own. Peary returned to Greenland to collect iron meteorites sacred to the native people while Cook returned to take up tourist groups of hunters and explorers. Beginning in 1898, Peary made a few failed attempts to reach the North Pole and Cook ventured to the South Pole (1897-1899) and to the summit of Mt. McKinley (1906).Read more ›
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Great book. A lot of detail about both Peary's and Cook's life and adventures. Haven't got to the actual journey to the north pole yet. Very enjoyable reading.Published 3 months ago by Susan Tomboly
I had always been taught growing up that Peary had discovered the North Pole. It was very interesting to read a non-biased view on the two expedition leaders who had raced to be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by goodgollyjosh
A good book that made me want to bash Peary on the head. Cook is a new hero of mine - a man of honor, adventure and integrity. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
I had high hopes for this book. I was hoping that it was going to be full of contemporary data and maybe some new found information from any number of modern researchers and some... Read morePublished 11 months ago by LakeOLuke
An interesting and cautionary tale. Good guys don't always finish first.Published 11 months ago by Michael J. Porter MD
Excellent story, I never knew the true tale of the North Pole discovery. The truth is stranger than fiction! Very well researched.Published 13 months ago by Downeast forester
What a read! If half of what Henderson reveals about Peary is true then the man is a true villain who robbed Cook of his opportunity to achieve the fame he should have had. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Douglas Goss
True North is the kind of fascinating story that leaves the reader wondering how he could have lived so long without knowing the story already. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Scott Adams