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Finding the North Pole has Dr. Cook's own story of his discovery, April 21, 1908 and the story of Commander Peary's discovery, April 6, 1909, together with the marvelous record of former arctic expeditions.
Not only the people of the United States of America, but the whole civilized world were electrified by the announcement on September 1, 1909, through the public press that dispatches had been received from Dr. Frederick A. Cook, claiming that he had the great honor, on April 21, 1908, of reaching the long-sought-for goal, the physical North Pole of the earth.
Nor had the resulting excitement subsided before Commander Robert E. Peary, U.S.N. cabled to the Associated Press on September 5, 1909, that he had planted the Stars and Stripes upon the North Pole on April 6, 1909. The sensation was without parallel in the history of polar discovery. Where men had for centuries striven in vain it suddenly was told to the world that two Americans had independently achieved the supreme goal of their ambitions.
Nothing can be more interesting or inspiring than the story of the men who have braved the hardship and perils of the Arctic regions, and apart form Dr. Cook's report of his expedition, this book contains interesting accounts of Peary's and other important polar discoveries and experiences.
The Introduction was written by George W. Melville, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy (Retired), the survivor of three arctic expeditions who was given a gold medal by Congress for his distinguished services. He was a member of the DeLong Expedition, and when the "Jeannette" was crushed in the ice, marched with part of the crew to the coast of Siberia at the mouth of the Lena River. He led an expedition to search for DeLong and found the relics of the ill-fated leader. Admiral Melville is one of the most experienced Arctic explorers and is an authority of the first rank on the subject of Arctic travels.
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"The sensation was without parallel in the history of polar discovery."
In an age before GPS equipment, how did these two men prove that the northern-most point on the globe truly exists? What compels a person to enter into the coldest regions, stake out the North Pole by compass, and defiantly pierce a flag of success into the frozen tundra? Renowned American explorers Dr. Frederick A. Cook and Commander Robert E. Peary would argue that an arctic trek towards this fabled destination was worth every moment of the frostbiting cold, meager rations, and unexpected findings.
Finding the North Pole, as edited by Charles Morris, is a testimony to the perilous adventures of two men determined to earn the world's admiration for their tenacity. Within the timeframe of one year and fifteen days, two men from the same nation separately laid claim to one of the most sought-after destinations in the Arctic, seemingly etching their names into the icy landscape forever. Cook's April 21, 1908 and Peary's April 6, 1909 are dates by which the world knew that one of the last uncharted places on the globe had been finally conquered.
Let the introduction by George W. Melville be a guide for armchair traveling through these pages' glacial snows. A Rear Admiral U.S. Navy (Retired), the survivor of three arctic expeditions who was given a gold medal by Congress for his distinguished services, Admiral Melville, one of the most experienced arctic explorers, is an authority of the first rank on this subject. Robert Peary's and Frederick Cook's paths crossed after Peary's tropical military service redirected him and his family northward, while Cook's experiences with other arctic expeditions and extensive mountaineering led him towards this greater challenge.
Charles R. Morris is an auto enthusiast and Ford lover who has written numerous magazine articles for Ford-related publications. A drag racer since 1966, Charlie has run cars in both Stock and Super Stock classes. He is currently the owner of the original Norristown Ford 1963-1/2 lightweight Galaxie.
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Book Description University Press of the Pacific 2001-12-01, 2001. Paperback. Condition: Good. 0898755026 Softcover book that is a former library item with typical library markings. This book has light overall wear to the exterior. The binding is tight, corners sharp, and text is clean throughout. Fast shipper. Seller Inventory # VL013005