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Madhouse At The End Of The Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

Author: Julian Sancton.

Madhouse At The End Of The Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

Author: Julian Sancton.

$30.00 $7.98
Item #: D31449
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 350
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 9781984824332
In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of reaching Antarctica. But as Julian Sancton recounts here, de Gerlache's plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry, yet he opted to continue. With the ship wrapped in the ice, the crew descen... More
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In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of reaching Antarctica. But as Julian Sancton recounts here, de Gerlache's plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry, yet he opted to continue. With the ship wrapped in the ice, the crew descended into madness, and their surprising saviors would be shipmates Dr. Frederick Cook—a genius and con man—and the soon-to-be legendary Roald Amundsen.

"At once a riveting survival tale and a terrifying psychological thriller…. A mesmerizing, unputdownable read."—Nathaniel Philbrick

"[This book] has it all: idealism, ingenuity, ambition, explosives, flimflammery, a colorful cast, a blank map, a three-month-long night, penguins…. A riveting tale, splendidly told."—Stacy Schiff


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