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1 Bryant, John H. and, Cones, Harold N. Dangerous Crossings. the First Modern Polar Expedition, 1925.
Annapolis, MD Naval Institute Press 2000 1557501874 / 9781557501875 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Xiv, [2], 206, [3] pages, illustrations, maps, cloth, DJ, very good. From Booklist: : A specialized but valuable history of the first polar expedition to use both aircraft for extending observation and short-wave radio for around-the-clock communications. The organizers were arctic explorer Donald B. Macmillan, a friend of Perry's and a survivor of four years of isolation in Greenland, and Eugene F. McDonald, founder of Zenith Radio. They took two ships, three single-engine Loening amphibious planes, a motley crew including Richard E. Byrd and several navy pilots, and enough supplies to make both ships nearly founder on the way north. Once off Greenland, the expedition survived arctic weather and dishonest radio operators, established new flying and radio-communication records, and laid the foundations for modern polar exploration. The Loenings failed to kill anyone only because of miraculous airmanship and maintenance; McDonald's financial, moral, and personal courage should make modern "venture capitalists" blush; and Byrd managed to overclaim for himself and get into fights with everybody else. This expedition, usually just a chapter in large histories of arctic exploration, always deserved fuller coverage. Now it has it." 
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2 Hunt, Harrison J. and Thompson, Ruth Hunt North to the Horizon. Searching for Peary's Crocker Land.
Camden, Maine, Down East Books 1980 0892720808 / 9780892720804 Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
All photographs in this book are courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History. From the DJ: "In 1913, the Crocker Land Expedition to the North Polar Regions, led by Donald B. MacMillan, set out to explore a distant land sighted by Peary in 1906 . . . 'North to the Horizon' is a very personal account of Dr. Hunt's experiences as physician for the expedition and for the Polar Eskimos. This is his story in his own words--taken from his diary, letters and reminiscences as recorded by his wife, Marion, and daughter Ruth, who has skillfully arranged these firsthand accounts into a fascinating and exciting record of the men of the Crocker Land Expedition and the harsh land they strived to know." 
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3 Hunt, William R. To Stand At the Pole: the Dr. Cook - Admiral Peary North Pole Controversy
New York Stein & Day 1981 0812827732 / 9780812827736 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
[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 
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4 Stefansson, Vilhjalmur The Friendly Arctic. the Story of Five Years in Polar Regions.
New York The MacMillan Company 1922 Hardcover Fair with no dust jacket 
Xxxi, 784 pages, maps, cloth, ex-library with usual library markings, new backstrip, hinges repaired, lacks folding map in rear otherwise good copy. From the introduction by Sir Robert Laird Borden, Prime Minister, Prime Minister of Canada "under whom the expedition was carried out: Early in the winter of 1913 Vilhjalmur Stefansson approached the Canadian Government with the view of obtaining assistance for an expedition to the Arctic regions in or adjacent to northern Canada...The history and general results of the Expedition thus organized, extending over a period of more than five years, have been set forth by Mr. Stefansson in this volume." ; 0 X 0 X 0 inches 
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