October 9, 2001
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385658451
ISBN - 13: 9780385658454
Table of Contents
ONE1. John Barrow's obsession2. The Croker Mountains3. Winter Harbour4. Fame, fortune, and frustration5. Innuee and kabloonasTWO1. Franklin's Folly2. Miss Porden's core of steel3. Fury Beach4. The silken flag5. Treadmill to the PoleTHREE1. Endless winter2. The indomitable Jane3. Enter the Honourable Company4. Prison warden5. A matter of honour6. The Arctic puzzleFOUR1. The lost ships2. Arctic Fever3. The American presence4. The crusaders5. The dutiful warmth of a sonFIVE1. Grasping at straws2. "A French officer will never hang back"3. The ambitions of Robert McClure4. The Passage at last5. Mercy BaySIX1. The spirit rappers2. Searching for the searchers3. The blue devils4. Ships abandoned5. Relics of the lostSEVEN1. The defectors2. Kalutunah3. Retreat4. The high cost of dawdling5. The polar idolEIGHT1. A "weak and helpless woman"2. The cruise of the Fox3. the document at Victory Point4. Failed heroes5. The ultimate accoladeNINE1. The obsession of Charles Francis Hall2. The Open Polar Sea3. Frobisher Bay4. Execution5. Death by arsenic6. George Tyson's remarkable driftTEN1. "The navy needs some action"2. The seeds of scurvy3. The scapegoatELEVEN1. The polar virus2. Abandoned3. No turning back4. Starvation winter5. The eleventh hourTWELVE1. Nansen's drift2. Andrée's folly3. Peary's obsession4. Amundsen's triumphTHIRTEEN1. Nearest the Pole2. "Mine at last!"3. Dr. Cook's strange odyssey4. Cook versus Peary5. The end of the questAFTERWORDThe chart of immortalityAuthor's NoteChronolo
From the Publisher
Scores of nineteenth-century expeditions battled savage cold, relentless ice and winter darkness in pursuit of two great prizes: the quest for the elusive Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific and the international race to reach the North Pole. Pierre Berton's #1 best-selling book brings to life the great explorers: the pious and ambitious Edward Parry, the flawed hero John Franklin, ruthless Robert Peary and the cool Norwegian Roald Amundsen. He also credits the Inuit, whose tracking and hunting skills saved the lives of the adventurers and their men countless times.
These quests are peopled with remarkable figures full of passion and eccentricity. They include Charles Hall, an obscure printer who abandoned family and business to head to a frozen world of which he knew nothing; John Ross, whose naval career ended when he spotted a range of mountains that didn't exist; Frederick Cook, who faked reaching the North Pole; and Jane Franklin, who forced an expensive search for her missing husband upon a reluctant British government.
Pierre Berton, who won his first Governor General's award for The Mysterious North, here again gives us an important and fascinating history that reads like a novel as he examines the historic events of the golden age of Arctic exploration.
About the Author
Pierre Berton was one of Canada’s most popular and prolific authors. From narrative histories and popular culture, to picture and coffee table books to anthologies, to stories for children to readable, historical works for youth, many of his fifty books are now Canadian classics. Born in 1920 and raised in the Yukon, Pierre Berton worked in Klondike mining camps during his university years. He spent four years in the army, rising from private to captain/instructor at the Royal Military College in Kingston. He spent his early newspaper career in Vancouver, where at 21 he was the youngest city editor on any Canadian daily. He wrote columns for and was editor of Maclean’s magazine, appeared on CBC’s public affairs program “Close-Up” and was a permanent fixture on “Front Page Challenge” for 39 years. He was a columnist and editor for the Toronto Star and was a writer and host of a series of CBC programs.Pierre Berton received over 30 literary awards including the Governor-General’s Award for Creative Non-Fiction (three times), the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and the Gabrielle Leger National Heritage Award. He received two Nellies for his work in broadcasting, two National Newspaper awards, and the National History Society’s first award for “distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history.” For his immense contribution to Canadian literature and history, he was awarded more than a dozen honourary degrees, is a member of the Newsman’s Hall of Fame, and is a Companio
"There's enough riveting reading in The Arctic Grail to last until spring breakup."
—The Globe and Mail
"A magnificent history…this should be the definitive study of Arctic exploration for years to come."
"Berton's book is a thoroughly gripping read."
—The Province, Vancouver