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The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage

 
 
 
 
The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
Author: Anthony Brandt
ISBN 13: 9780307276568
ISBN 10: 307276562
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2011-03-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: $16.95
 
 

The enthralling, often harrowing story of the adventurers who searched in vain for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth-century British exploration.

Dozens of missions set out for the Arctic during the first half of the nineteenth century; all ended in failure and many in disaster, as men found themselves starving to death in the freezing wilderness, sometimes with nothing left to eat but their companions' remains. Anthony Brandt traces the complete history of this noble and foolhardy obsession, which originated during the sixteenth century, bringing vividly to life this record of courage and incompetence, privation and endurance, heroics and tragedy. Along the way he introduces us to an expansive cast of fascinating characters: seamen and landlubbers, scientists and politicians, skeptics and tireless believers.

The Man Who Ate His Boots is a rich and engaging work of narrative history--a multifaceted portrait of noble adventure and of...

The Washington Post - Gary Krist

Brandt…confines his research to published accounts…vividly recreating the history's most dramatic episodes of the 19th century.