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Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Glyn Williams, Sophia Costley, "Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage"
ISBN: 1846141389 | 2009 | EPUB | 480 pages | 56 MB

The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage-an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a shortcut to the fabulous wealth of Asia-obsessed explorers for centuries. While global warming has brought several such routes into existence, until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassible ice. Voyagers faced unimaginable horrors-entire ships crushed, mass starvation, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism-in pursuit of a futile goal. In Arctic Labyrinth, Glyn Williams charts the entire sweep of this extraordinary history, from the tiny, woefully equipped vessels of the first Tudor expeditions to the twentieth-century ventures that finally opened the Passage. Williams's thrilling narrative delves into private letters and journals to expose the gritty reality behind the often self-serving accounts of those in charge. An important work of maritime history and exploration-and as exciting a tale of heroism and fortitude as readers will find-Arctic Labyrinth is also a remarkable study in human delusion.

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