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Author Name    Hunt, William R.

Title   To Stand At the Pole: the Dr. Cook - Admiral Peary North Pole Controversy

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Very Good in Good dust jacket

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   New York Stein & Day 1981

ISBN Number    0812827732 / 9780812827736

Seller ID   29931

[14], 288 pages, illustrations, maps, cloth, DJ, very good. From the DJ: "Who was the first man to reach the North Pole? This is the true story of the transformation of a journey of exploration into a dramatic war over credit for one of the most compelling achievements of the twentieth century. Dr. Frederick Cook is one of the most intriguing figures in American history. He announced the first ascent of Mt. McKinley and, in 1908, the first journey to the North Pole. Then a chorus of critics led by veteran Artic explorer Robert E. Peary disputed Cook's claims. In 1909 Peary laid claim to the polar laurels for himself. Dr. Cook was then crucified in the international press coverage of the ensuing argument in 1909 and 1910. Cook, thoroughly discredited, disappeared for a year and then waged a remarkable comeback campaign. In recent years, a number of voices have been raised to vindicate Cook. Dr. Cook, a man of varied accomplishments was certainly no ordinary faker. He held the respect of many qualified observers. Indeed, even decades after his journey, the great Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen said that he believed Cook's claims as plausible as Peary's. The story of the career of this physician-turned-Artic explorer evokes the continuing mystery of whether Cook or Peary stood first at the world's farthest horizon." From the Wikipedia website: "Frederick Albert Cook (June 10, 1865 August 5, 1940) was an American explorer and physician, noted for his claim of having reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. This would have been a year before April 6, 1909, the date claimed by Robert Peary." ; 288 pages

Polar Exploration North Pole EXPLORATION BIOGRAPHY

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