Arctic Obsession by Alexis S. Troubetzkoy
The Lure of the Far North

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The epic history of the explorers and adventurers who risked -- and sometimes lost -- their lives in the quest to conquer and claim the Arctic.

Ever since approximately 325 BC, the Arctic has been the backdrop for tales of triumph and disaster, of hardship and horrors endured by those who were drawn to the northern latitudes. For centuries the major world powers sponsored teams of explorers seeking trade routes as well as the chance to claim new territories. These commercial interests brought them into contact with natives, who at first saw white crews die in the forbidding landscape they called home only to later succumb to disease, alcohol, and the drastic environmental changes wrought by global trade.

At a time when global warming is drastically altering the region, Arctic Obsession chronicles an age when the Arctic remained one of the last unconquered places on Earth.


About Alexis S. Troubetzkoy

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ALEXIS S. TROUBETZKOY was born in Paris, France of a Russian princely family. He is the author of Imperial Legend and of A Brief History of the Crimean War. He is a member of Association of Russian-American Scholars in the U.S.A. He resides in Toronto.
Published September 27, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 304 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Of the Vikings: “Drink, women, and song were embraced with the same fervor as war, pillage, and slaughter.” Of Dutch navigator William Barents: “One wonders at the mould from which these early Arctic intrepids were formed—exceptional people they were.” Then there was Norwegian explorer Fridtjof N...

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A Brief History of the Crimean War) gives accounts of countless Arctic quests, from fourth century Greek explorer Pytheas' mysterious trip to the unchartered land of "Thule" to the 2007 Russian submarine voyage that planted a flag underwater "at the precise terrestrial point of the North Pole."

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A number of books in recent years have sought to offer a summa of the passion for Arctic exploration and its broader cultural meaning, among them Robert McGhee's brilliant The Last Imaginary Place (2005) and Sara Wheeler's well-received The Magnetic North (2010).

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