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Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

"A stunningly vivid account of perhaps the most dramatic polar mission you never heard of. Once you start, you won't stop.”
--Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

New York Times best-selling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age. In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.
In the late 19th century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. The foremost cartographer in the world, Germany’s August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone and funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole. Famed young George Washington De Long would be its captain.
On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power, but was soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached and the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom, and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies.
Thus began their long march across the endless ice--a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing snow blindness and polar bears, ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.
Hampton Sides's name is synonymous with high-velocity adventure stories that illustrate pivotal moments in history. He is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling narrative histories Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on his Trail, and Ghost Soldiers. He lives in New Mexico. Join us in welcoming Mr. Sides for a reading, Q&A, and book signing!Author photo © Gary Oakley

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385535373
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Doubleday - August 5th, 2014