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Fatal North: Murder Survival Aboard U S S Polaris 1ST U S Expedition North… (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Bruce Henderson

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Title:Fatal North: Murder Survival Aboard U S S Polaris 1ST U S Expedition North Pole
Authors:Bruce Henderson
Info:NAL Hardcover (2001), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Fatal North: adventure and survival aboard the USS Polaris, the first U.S. expedition to the North Pole by Bruce Henderson (2001)

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"Break, break, break On these cold ice blocks, O sea! And I would that my tongue could utter The thoughts that arise in me." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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For Laurel, who showed me the way home from the Pole
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From the Prologue: Four men packing shovels, picks, and other digging tools walked across the Arctic tundra toward a lone grave.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451409353, Hardcover)

"Well worth reading." (Booklist)

"Fans of adventure writing will appreciate this fine book." (Publishers Weekly)

It began as America's first attempt to reach the North Pole. It ended with the captain's suspicious death, a brutal struggle for survival on the polar ice, and a government cover-up. With eight pages of rare photographs and illustrations, Fatal North is a harrowing account of one of the great tragedies in the history of United States exploration.

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It began as President Ulysses S. Grant's bid for international glory after the Civil War-America's first attempt to reach the North Pole. It ended with Captain Charles Hall's death under suspicious circumstances, dissension among sailors, scientists, and explorers, and the ship's evacuation and eventual sinking. Then came a brutal struggle for survival by thirty-three men, women, and children, stranded on the polar ice. When news of the disastrous expedition and accusations of murder reached Washington D.C., it led to a nationwide scandal, an official investigation, and a government cover-up. The mystery of the captain's death remained unsolved for nearly 100 years. But when Charles Hall's frozen grave in northern Greenland was opened, forensic scientists were finally able to reach a shocking conclusion. Now, telling the complete story for the first time, bestselling author Bruce Henderson has researched original transcripts of the U.S. Navy inquests, personal papers of Captain Hall, autopsy and forensic reports relating to the century-old crime, the ship's original log, and personal journals kept by crewmen to bring to life one of the most mysterious tragedies of American exploration.… (more)

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