By Glyn Williams, Sophia Costley

The elusive dream of finding the Northwest Passage—an ocean course excessive of North the US that promised a shortcut to the exceptional wealth of Asia—obsessed explorers for hundreds of years. whereas worldwide warming has introduced a number of such routes into life, until eventually lately those channels have been hopelessly choked through impassible ice. Voyagers confronted unbelievable horrors—entire ships overwhelmed, mass hunger, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism—in pursuit of a futile target. In Arctic Labyrinth, Glyn Williams charts the total sweep of this outstanding historical past, from the tiny, woefully built vessels of the 1st Tudor expeditions to the twentieth-century ventures that at last opened the Passage. Williams’s exciting narrative delves into inner most letters and journals to reveal the gritty fact at the back of the customarily self-serving bills of these dependable. an enormous paintings of maritime heritage and exploration—and as fascinating a story of heroism and fortitude as readers will find—Arctic Labyrinth is additionally a impressive examine in human myth.

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