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

3 Ratings: 3.3
A book by Anthony Brandt

A Q&A with Anthony Brandt   Question:InThe Man Who Ate His Bootsyou tell the rousing and often horrifying story of the search for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth century British exploration. Why did so many people … see full wiki

Author: Anthony Brandt
Genre: History
Publisher: Knopf
3 reviews about The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History...
review by . April 20, 2010
This well-researched book takes you through the period when the British were obsessed with finding the Northwest Passage, beginning with the first voyages in 1818 to the final voyages in 1880, which were mainly rescue operations searching for the Franklin expedition which had never returned. The story of these voyages is the story of incredible cold and dangerous ice, threading a path between huge ice floes that could crush a ship, and frequent frustration as ice plugged the waterways these adventurers …
review by . June 16, 2010
Not the exciting adventure story I expected. After a great lead in, it was down to the minutia a exploration. Not a beach read my any stretch.
review by . March 29, 2010
Most popular histories of polar exploration focus on Antarctica, particularly the doomed mission of Robert Scott and the heroics of Earnest Shackleton. I grew up learning these names, yet I was largely ignorant about the North Pole. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to read Anthony Brandt's The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage, which provided both an exciting and comprehensive history of British exploration in the Arctic during the 19th century.   &nb …
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