To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration

To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration

In the spirit of bestselling adventure narratives In the Kingdom of Ice, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Lost City of Z, Pulitzer Prize?winning historian Edward J. Larson's To the Edges of the Earth brings to life the climax of the age of exploration: in the year 1909 expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica, and Himalaya pushed human accomplishment to the extremes and set r In the spirit of bestselling adventure narratives In the Kingdom of Ice, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Lost Cit...

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Title:To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration
Author:Edward J. Larson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062564471
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration Reviews

  • Abby
    May 03, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    May 12, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

  • Doug Cornelius
    Mar 16, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

  • Michael
    Apr 21, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Joe Jones
    Dec 16, 2017

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Mar 14, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

  • Erin
    Apr 27, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

  • Mindy
    Apr 30, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Spartanprof
    Mar 27, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Rob
    Apr 17, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Angela Baldree
    May 14, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Eric
    May 16, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Donna
    Mar 02, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

  • Curt
    May 18, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Elisa Strickler
    Apr 17, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Kristi Richardson
    Mar 16, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

  • K.A. Masters
    Apr 02, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Andrew
    May 03, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • John
    Feb 05, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

  • Nancy
    Mar 12, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

  • Luke
    May 16, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Ramakrishna Cherukuri
    May 02, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Mauricio Santoro
    Apr 17, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Adrian
    Mar 14, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

  • toomanybooks
    Jan 27, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

  • Rachel
    Apr 26, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

  • Gary Detrick
    May 11, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

  • Jon Obers
    May 05, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Jimmy Abramowitz
    Apr 17, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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  • Richard Sabow7
    Mar 26, 2018

    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the ?third pole? of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn?t fit well with the other two ...

    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war. But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced grues...

    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their...

    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would hel...

    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time. 1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The thr...

    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming...

    ?The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.? I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary?s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton?s race to the South...

    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far. As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overa...

    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, w...

    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to lea...

    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved. ...

    Review forthcoming. ...

    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides?s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it?s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it w...

    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-the-e... Then I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South P...

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