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The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid Life of George Back, Franklin's Lieutenant

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Peter Steele

Steele's literate, coherent biography introduces one of the undeservedly obscure figures in arctic exploration. George Back joined the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars; promptly captured, he spent five years as a POW. He became a lieutenant and … see full wiki

Author: Peter Steele
Genre: History, Science
Publisher: Raincoast Books
2 reviews about The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid...
Quick Tip by . September 22, 2010
There are VERY few authors who can write history with the panache of a page-turning thrilller. Peter Steele joins those ranks with the story of George Back, a little known participant in the development of Canada's high arctic.
review by . September 11, 2010
It takes considerable flair and panache to write history in a way that makes it read like a novel and not very many authors have that ability. Canada's Pierre Berton has it! Dava Sobel and Simon Winchester are certainly up to the task! In "The Man Who Mapped the Arctic", Peter Steele demonstrated his rightful claim to membership on that short list. Steele, a physician who has spent most of his life in the North and an arctic adventurer and mountaineer in his own right, has eloquently …
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