Title: A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier
Author: David Welky
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Summary: Engaging and well-researched narrative nonfiction, full of fascinating personal stories given historical context.
While attempting to reach the North Pole, explorer Robert Peary spotted what he believed to be a new content, which he named “Crocker Land”. This sighting inspired Peary’s young companions, George Borup and Donald MacMillan, to return to the arctic in hopes of discovering the last continent. As there is no continent known as Crocker Land, you can probably guess that the expedition didn’t go as planned! In fact, the explorers endured “howling blizzards, unearthly cold, food shortages, isolation, a fatal boating accident, a drunken sea captain, disease, dissension, and a horrific crime.” (source) Eventually, separated into many vulnerable groups, the men became focused on just making it home. Read more »