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RACE TO THE POLAR SEA


RACE TO THE POLAR SEA

The Heroic Adventures and Romantic Obsessions of Elisha Kent Kane.
HarperCollins Canada / Counterpoint Press U.S. 2008

Race to the Polar Sea tells the true story of a remarkable American explorer who went in search of an Open Polar Sea at the top of the world, hoping to rescue survivors from the lost expedition of Sir John Franklin. In the 1850s, after sailing farther north than anyone else, Elisha Kent Kane got trapped in the pack ice off Greenland. Having discovered "the American route to the North Pole," he forged a unique, life-saving alliance with the Inuit. Over two years, he battled starvation, disease and a near mutiny before abandoning ship to lead an astounding escape in sleds and small boats. This is the fourth and final volume in The Fatal Passage Quartet. McGoogan celebrated its publication by sailing in Kane Basin with Adventure Canada, which inspired a travel article

. . . inspired a video as well as an interview and a travel article

“A terrifically accessible account of this wide-eyed, extraordinarily intrepid adventurer's thrilling and chilling exploits.”
Kirkus Reviews

“McGoogan's readable biography ensures Kane's place in the pantheon of
polar explorers. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal Review – Starred

“McGoogan's fascinating biography focuses on a neglected figure from the early era of polar exploration. . . .With his access to previously unknown Kane logbooks, McGoogan makes an impressive case for the bravery and importance of the explorer who first identified the Greenland ice sheet.”
Publisher’s Weekly
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Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.

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