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  • Published: 15 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446402894
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
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The Man Who Ate His Boots

Sir John Franklin and the Tragic History of the Northwest Passage


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The enthralling, often harrowing story of the adventurers who searched in vain for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth-century British exploration.

Dozens of mission set out for the Arctic during the first half of the nineteenth century; all ended in failure and many in disaster, as men found themselves starving to death in the freezing wilderness, sometimes with nothing left to eat but their companions' remains. Anthony Brandt traces the complete history of this noble and foolhardy obsession, which originated during the sixteenth century, bringing vividly to life this record of courage and incompetence, privation and endurance, heroics and tragedy. Along the way he introduces us to an expansive cast of fascination characters: seamen and landlubbers, scientists and politicians, skeptics and tireless believers.

The Man Who Ate His Boots is a rich and engaging work of narrative history - a multifaceted portrait of noble adventure and of imperialistic folly.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446402894
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
Categories:

About the Author

Anthony Brandt

Anthony Brandt is the author of three previous books, and the editor of the Adventure Classics series published by National Geographic Society Press. He is also the books editor at National Geographic Adventure magazine and was previously the book critic for Men's Journal. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Esquire among many other magazines. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

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Praise for The Man Who Ate His Boots

“a superior tale of nobility, hubris, and, sadly, futility”

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