- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393254410
- ISBN-13: 978-0393254419
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier 1st Edition
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“What a book!....Excellent writing that combines some of the serious novelist’s techniques with information that can only come from hundreds of hours with long-forgotten diaries, letters and newspaper accounts....Comparable but better-known authors in the genre include David McCullough, John Barry and Timothy Egan.” (Bill Streever - Dallas Morning News)
“Polar historians…will be grateful to have the Crocker Land expedition properly documented.” (New York Times Book Review)
“David Welky reveals in this engrossing account....the classic litany of illness, privation and howling blizzards, [and] a singularly bizarre finding about [polar explorer Robert] Peary's original sighting.” (Nature)
“Welky’s fast-moving, evocative narrative paints a vivid portrait of the men who, along with their Inuit companions, risked their lives for ‘dreams of lost continents awaiting discovery.’” (The Explorers Journal)
“A penetrating study of human character in a challenging environment....His seamless narrative, chilling at times and always thought-provoking, transports the reader to a time when the Arctic was virtually as harsh and inaccessible a place as the Moon or Mars.” (Natural History)
“"Drawing on extensive expedition diaries....This is a classic explorer’s narrative, pitting ambition against the limits of endurance."” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Making magnificent use of documents and recreating the years-long Arctic sojourn with the drama and immediacy of a tension-filled adventure novel, [Welky] conjures a romantic quest emblematic of the rugged manliness of the time…vastly entertaining.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Welky is a superb writer, and he mines the interpersonal relationships of the expedition’s participants – the loyalties, the friendships grown or torn asunder, the cultural insensitivities – as effectively as he describes the travel, the exploration into unknown territory, and the constant flirtation with death at the hands of the elements.” (The Arctic Book Review)
“Unravels the strange story of one of the world’s greatest discoveries that never was.” (Simon Worrall - National Geographic)
About the Author
David Welky is the author of The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937, The Moguls and the Dictators: Hollywood and the Coming of World War II, and other books. He is a professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas.
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