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Race to the Polar Sea

The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane

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September 8, 2009 | Paperback |  5.8 x 8.7, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781582435329
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“An incredible and frightening journey.” —Booklist

In the mid-1800s, geographers revived the ancient idea that at the top of the world, encircling the North Pole, lay a temperate “Open Polar Sea.” The voyager who discovered this balmy basin would etch his name forever in the annals of exploration.

Among those drawn to the challenge was Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, a charismatic adventurer from a leading Philadelphia family. In 1853, Kane embarked on a search for the Open Polar Sea and missing British explorer John Franklin. After sailing farther north than anyone yet, Kane and his men were trapped in the ice. In the harsh environment, Kane battled starvation, disease, and a near-mutiny before abandoning ship to lead a desperate escape in sleds and small boats.

Race to the Polar Sea tells this story in heart-pounding detail. Drawing on documents never before seen, author Ken McGoogan brings to life a heroic figure famous in his day as America’s greatest explorer, and celebrates a shining example of American courage and survival.

About Ken McGoogan

KEN MCGOOGAN is a biographer and historian and the award-winning author of eight books, including three on exploration. He divides his time between Tasmania and the High Arctic from Toronto, Canada, where he teaches writing. For more information, visit www.kenmcgoogan.com.

Praise

“A terrifically accessible account of this wide-eyed, extraordinarily intrepid adventurer’s thrilling and chilling exploits.” —Kirkus

“McGoogan’s fascinating biography focuses on a neglected figure from the early era of polar exploration… With his access to previously unknown Kane logbooks, McGoogan makes an impressive case for the bravery and importance of the explorer who first identified the Greenland ice sheet.” —Publishers Weekly

“An incredible and frightening journey.” —Booklist

“McGoogan frames this exciting biography in terms of the mythological concepts of the hero and the transformative quest. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

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