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Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by George James Grinnell

A Letter to Amazon Readers from George GrinnellDear Amazon.com readers,At the beginning of the trip that I describe in Death on the Barrens, I had said to myself, "If things get rough, at least I will not be the first to die." I had just been discharged … see full wiki

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Author: George James Grinnell
Genre: Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Outdoors & Nature
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
2 reviews about Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage...
review by . May 13, 2010
I simply loved this book. I found it an interesting and entertaining read-- if one can say that such a tragic trip can be entertaining.     It's an account of a river journey made by five youngsters in their early twenties and late teens, and 36 year-old 'leader' through the wilds of northern Canada. Between you and me it's surprising that the whole lot of them didn't perish, they were so ill-prepared. Not only did they leave without the supplies they intended to take, but they …
review by . May 01, 2010
Under the leadership of Art Moffatt, an experienced wilderness canoeist, five young men from privileged Ivy League backgrounds set out in 1955 to cross the Canadian Barrens in northern Canada. The Barrens are a vast, harsh and uninhabited landscape where trees grow only a foot tall, where the aurora borealis casts cold green and red lights upon the frozen tundra, where the vast panorama of stars overhead are close enough to touch.    Little did they know, although leader Moffatt …
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