Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane

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Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane

Race to the Polar Sea The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane In the mid s geographers revived the ancient idea that at the top of the world encircling the North Pole lay a temperate Open Polar Sea Without doubt the voyager who discovered this balmy basi

  • Title: Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane
  • Author: Ken McGoogan
  • ISBN: 9781582434407
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Without doubt, 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 handsome, charismatic figure from a leading PhilaIn 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 Without doubt, 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 handsome, charismatic figure from a leading Philadelphia family who was already a well known adventurer and explorer In 1853, Kane sailed to the Arctic to seek both the Open Polar Sea and the lost British explorer John Franklin After sailing farther north than anyone yet, Kane and his men became trapped in the ice Besides treacherous icebergs and violent currents, 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.

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    One thought on “Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures of Elisha Kent Kane

    1. L.J. Sentivanac on said:

      I must admit, I didn't make it very far into this historical snoozer. If it gets to be a "heart-pounding" thrill ride, it gets there much too late.

    2. Audra on said:

      This is the 2nd book I've read by Ken McGoogan, and it's just as good as the first (Fatal Passage). It details the life and particularly the exploration work of Elisha Kent Kane, an American who participated in a rescue expedition for Sir John Franklin and then led another. He was iced in off the west coast of Greenland for two winters and survived due to his recognition that the Inuit knew how to survive and their only hope lay in emulating them. His tale is the arctic equivalent of Shackleton' [...]

    3. Jane Griscti on said:

      The story is about Elisha Kane, an American from Philadelphia, who embarked on an Arctic expedition purportedly to search for the lost British Franklin expedition and find the 'Open Polar Sea'. McGoogan sees Kane as an unsung hero; a point which he pushed to the point of annoyance, interjecting frequent references to Joseph Campbell's 'Hero of a Thousand Faces' and counter arguments to Kane's detractors. The man was an adventurer who used his family connections to advance himself; he did spend s [...]

    4. Fowie on said:

      I had never heard of Elisha Kent Kane before, but am now convinced he was a real-life Indiana Jones type adventurer. The stories (factual!) about his life are amazing, and this book does a good job of telling the important ones as build-up to his greatest: the race to the polar sea. Kane did an amazing amount of exploring and should be a well known hero. Due to circumstances at the end of his life and mostly after his life though, he is hardly known. That's sad, true, but the entire book takes o [...]

    5. Carol on said:

      I did not like this book. After reading many chapters, I just kept wondering if this "larger than life" description of Elisha Kane is really correct. Although I marked this book as read, I was not able to completely read the book.

    6. Paul Colver on said:

      Largely a character study of Elisha Kent Kane though also a great description of the journey and the Arctic. In depth and well written. I never cease to be amazed at the things we men do.

    7. Skai Leja on said:

      Kane was an amazing character, and the rigours of early arctic exploration and the kinds of people drawn to it are fascinating

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