With its stunning photographs, this book is a must for anyone interested in the region and the fragility of Earth. Mail on Sunday This is the benchmark against which all future polar books will be judged. The photos alone make me want to get back out there before the ice melts completely. BBC Wildlife There's so much more to the Arctic than snow and ice: this stunningly illustrated study brings out the full complexity of the regions natural and human history... A monumental study, the fear has to be that this book really is destined to be no more than a monument to an inheritance doomed to disappear. Scotsman The book has some wise things to say about the boom in Arctic tourism, which, tragically, is quickly turning into a scramble to see the glories of the Arctic while they are still visible: a trend that might just be hastening the region's decline. Better perhaps, to stay at home and read Sale's excellent book. Geographical If it weren't so weighty, you'd never want to put this magnificent book down. Beautifully constructed and detailed, with stunning photographs by Per Michelsen and the author himself, Sale is clearly passionate about the icey majesty of the Arctic and the wildlife that clings precariously to its habitats. Western Daily Press For Sale, The Arctic represents the fulfilment of a life's work. Sadly, with ice-free Arctic summers a real possibility within mere decades, this book is set to become a literary and pictorial memorial to one of the world's wildest places. Outdoor Photography This lavishly produced and weighty tome is a remarkable publication covering all things polar. Naturalist An incredible source of information for anyone inerested in this out-of-the-way part of the world. Wilderness Medicine
Richard Sale is one of the world's leading Arctic scholars and explorers and a professional glaciologist. He has written widely on Polar history, exploration and wildlife (including Arctic Odyssey), and in 2003 won the Outdoor Book of the Year award for To the Ends of the Earth. This book is the culmination of a lifetime's work in the field, and with 275,000 words and around 500 illustrations it will be, as its title indicates, the complete story of a region that is daily attracting more attention from politicians and ordinary people alike, and is annually becoming more open to tourism as the end of the cold war, and the onset of global warming makes access easier, and more commercially attractive. With its stunning photographs and authoritative text this book will be the basic resource for anyone interested in one of the world's most fascinating and little known regions.