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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (74 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Henderson Narrator: Bruce Henderson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781415920404
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In 1909, two men laid rival claims to the North Pole. They had been friends and shipmates, with Frederic Cook, a doctor, accompanying Robert Peary, a civil engineer, on an expedition to northern Greenland in 1891. When Peary’s leg was shattered in an accident, Cook took care of him. But all goodwill was gone by the summer of 1909 when Peary said he had reached the Pole in September 1909, while Cooked presented evidence that he had gotten there earlier—in 1908. “What a consummate cur he is,” said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded by saying, “Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder.” In this wonderfully engaging and researched narrative, Bruce Henderson writes about one of the most enduring and fiery feuds in the history of exploration. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 11/16/2013

    " Great adventure read. One of my favorites for the year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 8/19/2013

    " Had no clue about the backgrounds of these explorers and onlyl vaguely knew about the rivalry. Was fascinated that Cook also was a pioneer in climbing Mt.McKinley too; that personality as much as skill played such a role in their competing expeditions. Well written and worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 12/13/2012

    " Nonfiction that reads like a novel. Learned a great deal about Peary and Cook. Truly a great read and is among the best adventure works that I have ever read whether fiction or nonfiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/1/2012

    " I didn't know much about the Cook/Peary controversy and this book is a good introduction. However, it is clearly pro-Cook so by the end I was ready to anoint Cook to sainthood and go to Arlington Cemetery to spit on Peary's grave. Further research reveals that things aren't so black and white. "

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About the Author

Bruce Henderson is the author and coauthor of many nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell. A former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, private investigator, and field producer for television news, Bruce has taught reporting and writing courses at Stanford University and USC School of Journalism. He is a member of the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Press Club. He lives in northern California.