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Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition Levy, Buddy

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition Levy, Buddy

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Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition Levy, Buddy

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National Outdoor Book Awards Winner Winner of the BANFF Adventure Travel Award
“A thrilling and harrowing story. If it’s a cliche to say I couldn’t put this
book down, well, too bad: I couldn’t put this book down.” ―Jess Walter,
bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins “Polar exploration is utter madness. It
is the insistence of life where life shouldn’t exist. And so, Labyrinth of Ice
shows you exactly what happens when the unstoppable meets the unmovable. Buddy
Levy outdoes himself here. The details and story are magnificent.” ―Brad
Meltzer, bestselling author of The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill
George Washington 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


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press; First Edition (December 3, 2019)

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English

  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250182190

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 97

  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.35 pounds

  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.43 x 1.31 x 9.56 inches

  • Best Sellers Rank: #416,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #113 in Arctic & Antarctica History #125 in Maritime History & Piracy (Books) #349 in Expeditions & Discoveries World History (Books)

  • #113 in Arctic & Antarctica History

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