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

  • Gail
    May 29, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

  • 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

  • Brent Burch
    Sep 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

    A thrilling tale, of a moment in time, when three different men set out to conquer the edges of the earth. (The south pole, the north pole, and K2 in the Himalayas) Through harrowing adventures you relive the exploits of these men as they try to go farther than anyone had gone befor...

  • 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 ...

  • Nathan
    Nov 19, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

  • Carlos
    Sep 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

  • Anna
    May 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

  • J.J.
    Sep 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

    A thrilling tale, of a moment in time, when three different men set out to conquer the edges of the earth. (The south pole, the north pole, and K2 in the Himalayas) Through harrowing adventures you relive the exploits of these men as they try to go farther than anyone had gone befor...

    A fascinating book that shows how some men' personalities drive them to do things the rest of us think is crazy. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk life and limb to do what they did. I am basically the stay at home and read about it person. If you love books about hu...

    A good compliation of a lot of great stories - Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, Scott, Cook, Peary, and the like. I still think reading each separately is worth the investment, if you're not that committed this book is a great alternative. ...

    3.5. Parts of this book were fascinating, parts were drudgery, but the race for the poles was truly a thing. I can only imagine if social media was around instead of newspapers! I can tell the research was thorough and props in the audio version for shouting out to the archives and lib...

  • 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

  • Holly
    Sep 10, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

  • Linnaea
    Oct 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

  • KC
    Nov 29, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

  • Woody
    Jul 28, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

  • Fred
    Nov 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

  • 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

  • Pamela
    May 22, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

  • Jasmine
    Aug 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

  • Anne
    Aug 08, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

    A thrilling tale, of a moment in time, when three different men set out to conquer the edges of the earth. (The south pole, the north pole, and K2 in the Himalayas) Through harrowing adventures you relive the exploits of these men as they try to go farther than anyone had gone befor...

    A fascinating book that shows how some men' personalities drive them to do things the rest of us think is crazy. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk life and limb to do what they did. I am basically the stay at home and read about it person. If you love books about hu...

    A good compliation of a lot of great stories - Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, Scott, Cook, Peary, and the like. I still think reading each separately is worth the investment, if you're not that committed this book is a great alternative. ...

    3.5. Parts of this book were fascinating, parts were drudgery, but the race for the poles was truly a thing. I can only imagine if social media was around instead of newspapers! I can tell the research was thorough and props in the audio version for shouting out to the archives and lib...

    A lot of repetition and jumping around from the Arctic to the Antarctic to Himalaya. It was interesting to get the awareness of all 'edges' being reached (for) at the same time, but I would rather have read three books. ...

  • 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

  • Kate
    Jun 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

    A thrilling tale, of a moment in time, when three different men set out to conquer the edges of the earth. (The south pole, the north pole, and K2 in the Himalayas) Through harrowing adventures you relive the exploits of these men as they try to go farther than anyone had gone befor...

    A fascinating book that shows how some men' personalities drive them to do things the rest of us think is crazy. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk life and limb to do what they did. I am basically the stay at home and read about it person. If you love books about hu...

  • Michele Smith
    Jun 01, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

  • Jimmy Page
    Oct 29, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

  • Lee Adams
    Jun 06, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

    A thrilling tale, of a moment in time, when three different men set out to conquer the edges of the earth. (The south pole, the north pole, and K2 in the Himalayas) Through harrowing adventures you relive the exploits of these men as they try to go farther than anyone had gone befor...

    A fascinating book that shows how some men' personalities drive them to do things the rest of us think is crazy. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk life and limb to do what they did. I am basically the stay at home and read about it person. If you love books about hu...

    A good compliation of a lot of great stories - Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, Scott, Cook, Peary, and the like. I still think reading each separately is worth the investment, if you're not that committed this book is a great alternative. ...

  • 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

  • Sally Ann Moyer
    Aug 09, 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

  • Chris
    Oct 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

    A thrilling tale, of a moment in time, when three different men set out to conquer the edges of the earth. (The south pole, the north pole, and K2 in the Himalayas) Through harrowing adventures you relive the exploits of these men as they try to go farther than anyone had gone befor...

    A fascinating book that shows how some men' personalities drive them to do things the rest of us think is crazy. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk life and limb to do what they did. I am basically the stay at home and read about it person. If you love books about hu...

    A good compliation of a lot of great stories - Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, Scott, Cook, Peary, and the like. I still think reading each separately is worth the investment, if you're not that committed this book is a great alternative. ...

    3.5. Parts of this book were fascinating, parts were drudgery, but the race for the poles was truly a thing. I can only imagine if social media was around instead of newspapers! I can tell the research was thorough and props in the audio version for shouting out to the archives and lib...

    A lot of repetition and jumping around from the Arctic to the Antarctic to Himalaya. It was interesting to get the awareness of all 'edges' being reached (for) at the same time, but I would rather have read three books. ...

    Great structure, fun read Must read for anyone inspired by exploration and the anatomy of survival. A perfect companion on a long trip into nature. ...

  • Acasuper
    Nov 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...

    Nice narrative of these three bigwigs in exploration of the early 20th century, it was a good effort to put all these three narratives in perspective regarding the times their respective countries were going through. If you like exploration narratives and like polar exploration retelli...

    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; ...

    A fine cultural history by Larson (I also enjoyed his earlier book about the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods). I liked the rotating triple foci - Arctic-North Pole, Antarctica-South Pole, and "top of the world"-Himalayan peaks. One aspect that made this different from some of the oth...

    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...

    Not as nearly as interesting or well written as Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. The narration of this audiobook was also quiet dry and I hated the details of animal deaths. ...

    I found myself more and more absorbed in the stories as I went along. Very well written and fascinating stories I knew next to nothing about. My sole quibble is that the mountain climbing aspects seem a tad out of place in comparison with the polar explorations. ...

    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...

    Interesting story of how Peary and Henson made it to the North Pole (or did they really?) and other explorers reaching the South Pole and "altitude pole" in the same year. The story jumps around so much though, that I found myself committing to just one storyline (the North Pole) and s...

    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...

    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...

    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely...

    ?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...

    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snip...

    Larson is a talented writer; it must take a lot of talent to take such a fascinating topic and turn it into an awful book. I was really excited to read this book, but as I read on, my rating kept dropping. The book was such a slog to get through, and I really should have given up, ...

    I am sucker for books of this sort in which people do extraordinary things that I could never imagine myself doing. That said, the author does a fine job of bringing us along with Peary, Shackelton, and the Duke of Abruzzi in their quests to find the North and South Poles and climb K2 ...

    In 1909 there were multiple expeditions to reach the north and south pole, as well as the summit of K2 in the Himalayas. This book not only provides fairly detailed accounts of these harrowing journeys, but also provides historical context for them. You learn about the fundraising, the...

    This was an interesting book covering the race for the north and south pole including the attempts before 1909. The 3rd pole was the altitude pole and while the chapters were informative the guy climbed K2. I thought the author did a good job tying the different expeditions together an...

    It is incredible to think about how explores ventured to the edges of the earth with primitive materials and equipment. This book was a little drive for those were not passionate about the outdoors and expiration. I?ve recently gotten much more into rock climbing and have been follow...

    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most f...

    A thrilling tale, of a moment in time, when three different men set out to conquer the edges of the earth. (The south pole, the north pole, and K2 in the Himalayas) Through harrowing adventures you relive the exploits of these men as they try to go farther than anyone had gone befor...

    A fascinating book that shows how some men' personalities drive them to do things the rest of us think is crazy. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk life and limb to do what they did. I am basically the stay at home and read about it person. If you love books about hu...

    A good compliation of a lot of great stories - Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, Scott, Cook, Peary, and the like. I still think reading each separately is worth the investment, if you're not that committed this book is a great alternative. ...

    3.5. Parts of this book were fascinating, parts were drudgery, but the race for the poles was truly a thing. I can only imagine if social media was around instead of newspapers! I can tell the research was thorough and props in the audio version for shouting out to the archives and lib...

    A lot of repetition and jumping around from the Arctic to the Antarctic to Himalaya. It was interesting to get the awareness of all 'edges' being reached (for) at the same time, but I would rather have read three books. ...

    Great structure, fun read Must read for anyone inspired by exploration and the anatomy of survival. A perfect companion on a long trip into nature. ...

    This book is terrible. It is very dry and dense. It is only one fact after the other. ...