Polar Extremes: The World of Lincoln Ellsworth

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Polar Extremes reveals the full story of Ellsworth's triumphs in his quest for unknown land, first in the Arctic, then in Antarctica. It is a saga of Ellsworth's polar flights, crash landings, narrow escapes, and eventual triumphs. As impossible at it seems today, Ellsworth's 1926 attempt to fly across the North Pole with Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile was made in a dirigible. In 1935 he flew in his own custom-made plane over Antarctica and discovered the mountain range now called the Ellsworths. A meticulously researched history, the book is also a rich biographical portrait. Pool's sweeping view of twentieth-century polar exploration by air and sea also examines the conflict, intrigue, and cunning that bedeviled polar explorers driven to be "the first." As Pool reveals the more intimate and personal side of Ellsworth's ambitious life, we understand the title Polar Extremes as a metaphor, suggesting the stark contrasts that define the passionate but essentially lonely hero. For all his competitive zeal in traveling across forbidding ice, Ellsworth also sought nature's beauty far away from his father's world of finance and leisure. An exciting book for any reader in search of adventure, Polar Extremes is also a valuable reference for historians, scholars, and polar exploration buffs seeking a well-documented history.

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Beekman Pool has given us a fascinating and detailed portrait of one of America's greatest polar explorers, a man who was simultaneously a pioneer of high-latitutde aviation.

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