In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

Author(s): Hampton Sides


In 1879 the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds and a frenzy of publicity. The ship and its crew, captained by the heroic George De Long, were heading for glory and one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. But it was not long before the Jeannette was trapped in crushing pack ice. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies, facing a seemingly impossible trek across the endless ice. Battling everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition fought madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In the Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.


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'Masterful storytelling... The reader is drawn into the ice from the first page and will not want to leave until the fate of every man is known.' Caroline Alexander, author of The Endurance and The Bounty 'Sides has brought together an absolutely marvelous cast of characters... All works of history should be half this much fun.' Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia 'One of the greatest and most harrowing adventures of all time. Spellbinding.' David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z 'An Arctic thriller, an authentic narrative masterpiece.' S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon 'A dazzling page-turner' Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea 'Harrowing and impeccably paced' New Yorker 'A splendid book in every way... a marvelous nonfiction thriller' Wall Street Journal 'Reads like a first-class epic thriller' -- Lev Grossman Time 'Unforgettable...a pulse-racing epic of endurance set against an exceedingly bizarre Arctic backdrop... a masterful work of history and storytelling.' Los Angeles Times 'Phenomenally gripping... Sides works story-telling magic' Boston Globe 'Sides spins a propulsive narrative from obscure documents, journals and his own firsthand visits to the Arctic regions visited by the Jeannette and its crew.' USA Today 'First-rate polar history and adventure narrative... a harrowing story, well told.' New York Times Book Review 'The history of polar exploration sets a high bar for extreme physical ordeal - think John Franklin, Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott - and the tribulations of De Long and his crew stack up with the worst of them.' Washington Post 'Hampton Sides is a master storyteller, and here he has delivered a stunningly vivid account of perhaps the most dramatic polar mission you never heard of. Once you start, you won't stop.' -- Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

Hampton Sides is the author of the bestselling histories Hellhound on his Trail, Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers, and an award-winning editor of Outside magazine. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.

General Fields

  • : 9781780745213
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : Oneworld Publications
  • : February 2015
  • : 234mm X 156mm X 40mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hampton Sides
  • : Hardback
  • : 909
  • : 480
  • : 8 black & white plates