Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition Details

Based on the author's exhaustive research, the incredible true story of the Greely Expedition, one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration.

In July 1881, Lt. A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made.

Greely and his men confronted every possible challenge—vicious wolves, sub-zero temperatures, and months of total darkness—as they set about exploring one of the most remote, unrelenting environments on the planet. In May 1882, they broke the 300-year-old record, and returned to camp to eagerly await the resupply ship scheduled to return at the end of the year. Only nothing came.

250 miles south, a wall of ice prevented any rescue from reaching them. Provisions thinned and a second winter descended. Back home, Greely's wife worked tirelessly against government resistance to rally a rescue mission.

Months passed, and Greely made a drastic choice: he and his men loaded the remaining provisions and tools onto their five small boats, and pushed off into the treacherous waters. After just two weeks, dangerous floes surrounded them. Now new dangers awaited: insanity, threats of mutiny, and cannibalism. As food dwindled and the men weakened, Greely's expedition clung desperately to life.

Labyrinth of Ice tells the true story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune—at any cost—and how their journey changed the world.

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  • Lisa

    A huge thanks to St. Martin's Press, and Netgalley.I believe this is the book I've been waiting for! I've always been compelled to read about The Greely Expedition, but every book I've ever started wa...

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    This book will definitely become a must-read for everybody, like myself, interested in the exploration of the Arctic. Having read earlier about two most famous attempts by John Franklin and George De ...

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    “We have done all we can to help ourselves and shall ever struggle on, but it drives me almost insane to face the future. It is not the end that affrights one, but the road to be traveled to reach t...

  • Paula

    What a thrilling read about the Greely expedition to the Arctic!I have a keen interest in reading about adventures and explorations. I’ve read a few others including the George De Long expedition to...

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    A most amazing and edifying nonfiction of the highest calibre. The book was given by St. Martin's Press and Buddy Levy on return for an honest review. One of the years best books on Advance release co...

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    one fine day, i received an electronic mail that began like so,I saw that you've previously enjoyed reading Endurance by Alfred Lansing. Would you be interested in reading an upcoming book called Lab...

  • Lori

    Bound for Lady Franklin Bay in the Canadian Arctic, twenty-five men left on The Proteus in 1881. Six made it home alive. Living and dead had endured extreme mental and physical exertion and exhaustion...

  • Beverly

    Well-written and action-packed, Labyrinth of Ice is a 4 star read and I would have enjoyed it much more if I hadn't read Ghosts of Cape Sabine which is much more critical of Adolphus Greely. Both are ...

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