In the Kingdom of Ice

In the Kingdom of Ice

By Hampton Sides

  • Release Date: 2014-08-05
  • Genre: History
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Description

New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores.

James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever."

The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice—a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

Ebook edition includes over a dozen extra images

Reviews

  • USS Jeannette

    4
    By ChaosNurse
    Thoroughly researched, this was a fascinating read. I happened to finish the book the night I arrived in Annapolis and found that there is a memorial to the exploration on the grounds of the Naval Academy.
  • Fantastic book!

    5
    By Meatball 2
    I love reading about polar expeditions, and this is one of the very best. Sat up too late, couldn't put it down!
  • Another great work by Mr. Sides

    4
    By Dkinas
    It took me few pages to settle in but when I did I could not put it down.
  • Good read

    4
    By WilksPhD
    Starts ok, a bit slow in the middle, gets strong toward the end. I recommend it for readers interested in emotional, historic adventure stories.
  • In the Kingdom of Ice

    5
    By chuckh48
    This is by far the most incredible survival story I have ever read. It is well researched and documented with colorful accounts of all involved.
  • Fantastic read

    5
    By Phatlanta
    This is one of the best books I've read in years. Similar to Unbroken, the things these me endured would not be believable if it was a fictional tale. It is a page-turner from the start.
  • In the kingdom of ice

    5
    By ripman
    I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1970, having taken thermo, fluids, kinematics, and materials science in Melville Hall. Aside from being a once Chief Engineer of the Navy, I knew little of Melville. Now I know more. This was a captivating telling of a great journey
  • In the kingdom of ice

    5
    By Peg1gy
    Absolutely wonderful! Well written and reverting.
  • Live more fully now

    5
    By Robertaschwartz
    This is an incredible story. Thank you Hampton. Beautifully written. I will now read more of Hampton Sides’s book.
  • Great story with riveting detail

    5
    By 34explorer
    I'll be sure to read hamptons other books. He writes with such gripping details. Fascinating story unknown to me.

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