A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier

Author(s): David Welky


In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks looming in the distance. He called this unexplored realm "Crocker Land." Scientists and explorers agreed that the world-famous explorer had discovered a new continent. Several years later, two of Peary's disciples, George Borup and Donald MacMillan, assembled a team of amateur adventurers to investigate Crocker Land. What followed was a sequence of events that none of the explorers imagined possible. The men endured howling blizzards, food shortages, isolation, a drunken sea captain, disease, dissension, and a horrific crime.

Populated with a cast of memorable characters and based on years of research in previously untapped sources, A Wretched and Precarious Situation is a classic of Arctic adventure.


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David Welky is the author of The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937, The Moguls and the Dictators: Hollywood and the Coming of World War II, and other books. He is a professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas.

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  • : 9780393354829
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : November 2017
  • : 21.00 cmmm X 14.00 cmmm
  • : United States
  • : December 2017
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 998
  • : 512
  • : 16 pages of illustrations
  • : David Welky