By David Welky

A Kirkus Reviews top Nonfiction booklet of 2016

A amazing precise tale of event, betrayal, and survival set in a single of the world’s so much inhospitable places.

In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill within the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of thousands of miles from one other man or woman, Commander Robert E. Peary noticed a line of mysterious peaks looming within the distance. He referred to as this unexplored realm “Crocker Land.” Scientists and explorers agreed that the world-famous explorer had found a brand new continent emerging from the frozen Arctic Ocean.

Several years later, of Peary’s disciples, George Borup and Donald MacMillan, assembled a group of novice adventurers to enquire Crocker Land. ahead of them lay an opportunity on the form of lasting popularity loved through Magellan, Columbus, and Captain cook dinner. whereas filling within the final clean house at the globe, they may locate new species of vegetation or animals, or maybe males; within the period of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, whatever appeared attainable. well known medical associations, or even former president Theodore Roosevelt, rushed to advise the expedition.

What used to be a series of occasions that not one of the explorers may have imagined. Trapped in a true-life event tale, the boys persevered howling blizzards, unearthly chilly, foodstuff shortages, isolation, a deadly boating coincidence, a drunken sea captain, disorder, dissension, and a terrible crime. however the crew driven on via each predicament, pushed ahead through the secret of Crocker Land and faint hopes that they sometime may make it home.

Populated with a solid of memorable characters, and in response to years of study in formerly untapped assets, A Wretched and Precarious Situation is a harrowing Arctic narrative not like any other.

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