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

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
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"On July 27, 1853, when Elisha Kent Kane stood on the deck of the brigantine Advance off the coast of Greenland, he faced a monumental challenge: if Sir John Franklin and his men were trapped beyond the ice fields in the fabled Polar Sea, what was the best way to rescue them? The thirty-three-year-old explorer knew that if he reached them before the British did, he would secure a place for himself in the annals of Arctic discovery." "Already, despite his youth and recurring heart problems, Kane had descended into a volcano in the Philippines, infiltrated a company of slave traders in West Africa, and narrowly survived getting stabbed during hand-to-hand combat in the Sierra Madre. After getting trapped in the polar ice, Kane forged a unique alliance with the Inuit and so survived two horrific winters before leading the most spectacular escape in Arctic history." "This extraordinary young man, having failed to find Franklin, would lead his team 1,300 miles in eighty-three days, traveling by sledge and dogsled, then in small open boats. Returning home to international acclaim, Kane faced another dilemma: he had fallen desperately in love with the beautiful spiritualist Maggie Fox, a young Canadian woman deemed unsuitable by his prominent Philadelphia family. How this star-crossed relationship combines with Kane's tragic early death to deny the explorer his rightful place in history is one of the most fascinating aspects of this story."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Today & Yesterdayp. 1
Call to Adventure
In Search of Franklinp. 9
The Philadelphia Storyp. 15
To Die in Harnessp. 22
Into the Volcanop. 28
The Romance of Egyptp. 35
Crime & Punishmentp. 42
Heart of Darknessp. 47
A Mexican Escapadep. 54
Raising the Curtainp. 66
An Arctic Baptismp. 74
The Beechey Gravesp. 80
Locked in the Icep. 88
After Eighty-Six Daysp. 95
Death in the Familyp. 100
The Spirit Rapperp. 107
The Open Polar Seap. 117
Constancy & Changep. 123
Trial by Winter
Defying the Icep. 131
The Belly of the Whalep. 145
Science & Speculationp. 153
Decades before Shackletonp. 163
Heroes in Deliriump. 177
Two Discoveriesp. 190
The Defectionp. 207
The Aristocrat Goes Nativep. 222
An Ignominious Returnp. 235
A Polar Nightmarep. 244
Godfrey's Treacheryp. 255
Away like Stevedoresp. 264
The Ice Takes a Manp. 275
An Incredible Journeyp. 284
Return of the Hero
Dr. Kane Home Again!p. 301
Rumors & Rebuttalsp. 310
The Writer Deliversp. 319
Two Become Onep. 325
The Land of Fogp. 332
The Judgment of 1857p. 340
The Verdict of Historyp. 346
Acknowledgmentsp. 362
Select Bibliographyp. 364
Illustration Creditsp. 366
Indexp. 367
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