After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the 16th century: find the fabled Northwest Passage. For the next 35 years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find Sir John Franklin, the Royal Navy hero who disappeared leading the last of these Admiralty expeditions. Enthralling and often harrowing, this book captures the glory and the folly of this ultimately tragic enterprise.
"[Anthony] Brandt is a superb and profound writer who leads us through a tale of such hardship you feel as if you've been aboard ship with them.... This is narrative history at its absolute gripping best."—Sebastian Junger