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Across the Arctic Ocean
“What compels a man to risk everything on a dream?” Sir Ranulph Fiennes asks in his introduction to Across the Arctic Ocean, “Why would anyone put themselves through hell and back all for the sake of walking across a frozen ocean?” The new, beautifully illustrated coffee table book from Thames and Hudson strives not only to demonstrate why, but also how in 1968 Sir Wally Herbert made the harrowing journey across the Arctic Ocean on foot in pursuit of his dreams. Hailed as one of the greatest explorers of his time, Herbert undertook to walk across the North Pole and the frozen expanse of the Arctic Ocean via its longest axis with three companions, forty huskies and much courage.
Wrangel Island
Kindly contributed by Hampton Sides, award-winning editor of Outside magazine and author of Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission and the recently released In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.
 
In the Kingdom of Ice

Most of us, once we are past the age of five or so, relinquish the fantasy of Santa and his workshops to the reality of a cold, watery and inhospitable North Pole. But in the late 19th century so little was known about the earth's northern-most regions that Santa may as well have set up shop there. Even the leading polar experts and top-notch cartographers believed in fantastical theories -- that the pole was a warm tropical sea, for example. An obsession to know the truth grasped many would-be explorers, among them Naval officer George Washington De Long and the prominent newspaperman James Gordon Bennett Jr., who would agree to back De Long's 1879 expedition to find the "Polar Grail."