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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:
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In 1909, two men laid rival claims to this crown jewel of exploration. A century later, the battle rages still. This book is about one of the most enduring and vitriolic feuds in the history of exploration.

“What a consummate cur he is,” said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded, “Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder.” They had started out as friends and shipmates, with Cook, a doctor, accompanying Peary, a civil engineer, on an expedition to northern Greenland in 1891. Peary’s leg was shattered in an accident, and without Cook’s care he might never have walked again. But by the summer of 1909, all the goodwill was gone. Peary said he had reached the Pole in September 1909; Cook scooped him, presenting evidence that he had gotten there in 1908.

Bruce Henderson makes a wonderful narrative out of the claims and counterclaims, and he introduces fascinating scientific and psychological evidence to put the appalling details of polar travel in a new context. 

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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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