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The Resource To the ends of the Earth : the truth behind the glory of polar exploration, John V. H. Dippel

To the ends of the Earth : the truth behind the glory of polar exploration, John V. H. Dippel

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To the ends of the Earth : the truth behind the glory of polar exploration
Title
To the ends of the Earth
Title remainder
the truth behind the glory of polar exploration
Statement of responsibility
John V. H. Dippel
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the late-17th to the early 20th century, intrepid explorers from America and Europe risked (and sometimes lost) their lives exploring the forbidding, uncharted landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica. What drove these men to undertake these seemingly impossible journeys? In this deeply researched book, author John Dippel makes a convincing case that dozens of polar expeditions were motivated less by courageous idealism than personal ambition and national rivalries. The author traces the ways in which men of unbridled ambition responded to society's need for heroes by masking their true intentions behind patriotic sentiments or noble claims about advancing science. In so doing they frequently put their own lives and those of the men in their command at enormous risk. At the same time, they projected an attitude of cultural superiority, looking down on indigenous arctic people. Their disrespect and ignorance of native means of transportation, diet, shelter, and knowledge of the terrain often led explorers into disaster, where men perished from starvation and exposure or nearly lost their minds. In the end, the failure of so many polar expeditions exposed the limits of humanity's control of nature and helped to undermine faith in inevitable progress.--Amazon.com
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dippel, John Van Houten
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Antarctica
  • Arctic regions
  • North Pole
  • Polar regions
  • South Pole
Target audience
general
Label
To the ends of the Earth : the truth behind the glory of polar exploration, John V. H. Dippel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
343 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9781633884113
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Ownership
*
System control number
  • pr02046263
  • (CaOWLBI)pr02046263
  • 408655
Label
To the ends of the Earth : the truth behind the glory of polar exploration, John V. H. Dippel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
343 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9781633884113
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Ownership
*
System control number
  • pr02046263
  • (CaOWLBI)pr02046263
  • 408655

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