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The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andree and the Heroic...

In this grand and astonishing tale, Alec Wilkinson brings us the story of S. A. Andrée, the visionary Swedish aeronaut who, in 1897, during the great age of Arctic endeavor, left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. Called by a British military officer “the most original and remarkable attempt ever made in Arctic exploration,” Andrée’s expedition was followed by nearly the entire world, and it made him an international legend.   The Ice Balloon begins in the late nineteenth century, when nations, compelled by vanity, commerce, and science, competed with one another for the greatest discoveries, and newspapers covered every journey. Wilkinson describes how in Andrée several contemporary themes intersected....
Categories: History Travel

Item Information

ISBN: 0307594807
Publisher: Knopf
Manufacturer: Knopf
Language: English
Format: Deckle Edge]
Pages: 256
US Salesrank: 319942
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