Of all the books published each year, there are a number that stand out and this is one. It is a literally weighty volume beautifully produced with fine illustration and involving text. this is a fine book and aggressively priced when its quality is considered.
NAME: A History of Arctic Exploration
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Matti Lainema, Juha Nurminene
BINDING: Hard back
PRICE: GB £40.00
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: Arctic circle, icebergs, ice floes, Midnight Sun, Northern Sea Route, North West Passage, North East Passage, North Pole
DESCRIPTION: Of all the books published each year, there are a number that stand out and this is one. It is a literally weighty volume beautifully produced with fine illustration and involving text. The authors have provided a detailed review of Arctic exploration and the only item missed is the voyage of the yacht Barrabas that attempted the first bi-polar circumnavigation, failing only to complete the stretch from Proliv Vilkitskogo to Murmansk on her own keel having to accept a lift from an ice-hardened timber carrier with two nuclear ice breakers sailing as escort because the Arctic ice stubbornly refused to retreat in the short summer period. Barrabas was sailed single handed from Britain, rounding Cape Horn into the Pacific, one of only a handful of single handed vessels to round Cape Horn against wind and currents and the smallest vessel to succeed. In passing from the Atlantic to the Pacific it was necessary to head down into the Antarctic wastes. Having entered the Pacific Barrabas sailed North entering the Russian Northern Sea Route via the Bering Strait and being the only vessel ever permitted to sail the NRA single handed. That omission aside, this is a fine book and aggressively priced when its quality is considered. No serious student of polar exploration can afford to be without a copy.