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Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Scott Cookman
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7. März 2001
Absorbing artfully narrat[es] a possible course of events in the expedition's demise, based on the one official note and bits of debris (including evidence of cannibalism) found by searchers sent to look for Franklin in the 1850s. Adventure readers will flock to this fine regaling of the enduring mystery surrounding the best-known disaster in Arctic exploration.-Booklist "A great Victorian adventure story rediscovered and re-presented for a more enquiring time"-The Scotsman "A vivid, sometimes harrowing chronicle of miscalculation and overweening Victorian pride in untried technology a work of great compassion"-The Australian It has been called the greatest disaster in the history of polar exploration. Led by Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, two state-of-the-art ships and 128 hand-picked men--the best and the brightest of the British empire--sailed from Greenland on July 12, 1845 in search of the elusive Northwest Passage. Fourteen days later, they were spotted for the last time by two whalers in Baffin Bay. What happened to these ships--and to the 129 men on board--has remained one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of exploration. Drawing upon original research, Scott Cookman provides an unforgettable account of the ill-fated Franklin expedition, vividly reconstructing the lives of those touched by the voyage and its disaster. But, more importantly, he suggests a human culprit and presents a terrifying new explanation for what triggered the deaths of Franklin and all 128 of his men. This is a remarkable and shocking historical account of true-life suspense and intrigue.

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  • Taschenbuch: 260 Seiten
  • Verlag: Wiley; Auflage: Reprint (7. März 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0471404209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471404200
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,2 x 15,3 x 1,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 357.138 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)
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By the mid-19th century, after decades of polar exploration, the fabled Northwest Passage seemed within reach. In 1845 the British Admiralty assembled the largest expedition yet, refitting two ships with steam engines and placing the seasoned if somewhat lackluster Sir John Franklin in command of the 128-man expedition. After sailing into Baffin Bay, they were never heard from again.

Drawing on early accounts from relief expeditions as well as recent archeological evidence, Scott Cookman reconstructs a chronicle of the expedition in Ice Blink. Cookman, a journalist with articles in Field & Stream and other magazines, excels when firmly grounded in the harrowing reality of 19th-century Arctic exploration. When he speculates about what happened to the Franklin expedition, however, he is on less solid ground and his writing suffers.

Particularly overwrought is the promised "frightening new explanation" for the expedition's demise. Cookman suggests that it was caused by the "grotesque handiwork" of an "evil" man, Stephan Goldner, who had supplied its canned foods. This is hardly new. As early as 1852, investigators determined that the expedition's canned goods were probably inferior and canceled provisioning contracts with Goldner. How a hundred men survived for nearly three years despite lead poisoning and botulism remains a mystery. In the end, as Cookman himself acknowledges, the expedition was ultimately doomed by its reliance on untested technology such as the steam engine, armor plating, and canned provisions. These criticisms aside, Ice Blink is an interesting narrative of this enduring symbol of polar exploration and disaster. --Pete Holloran -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


"A great Victorian adventure story rediscovered and re-presented for a more enquiring time." (The Scotsman, 26th August 2000) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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A fascinating book about the ill-fated Franklin expedition. It would have been even better if the author had not frequently resorted to speculative remarks presented more or less as facts. NOTE: Do read FROZEN IN TIME by Beattie/Geiger - the 2 books complement each other nicely (not least of all because of the photos of the dead men in the Beattie book)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Fair Read 23. Juli 2000
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Knowing how little there is in terms of historical fact to back this book up from the onset, the author can be excused to a certain extent from "excerpting" facts from other arctic voyages for the sake of comparison.
If you have read "Endurance", "In the Heart of the Sea", or other factual books on exploration you may get annoyed by frequent references to other expeditions and tragic voyages. If you are new to the genre then you will find that the author does a wonderful job at building his case through comparative research.
Aside from that, the book has done for my home canning what the movie Jaws did for swimming on the Cape.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An exiting Medical and Naval Mixed thriller 10. Juni 2000
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On July 12, 1845, Sir John Franklin, an aging outcast in the Royal Navy, was last seen sailing with his crew from Greenland into Baffin Bay in an attempt to find the coveted Northwest Passage. For this mission, the British Admiralty had assembled the largest expedition yet; refitting two ships with steam engines and placing the seasoned if somewhat lackluster Franklin in command of the 128-man expedition. Franklin's lavishly outfitted expedition is one of the most enduring mysteries in the annals of exploration. For years historians have pondered why the most technologically advanced Arctic expedition of the nineteenth century, capable of defining a navigable short-cut over the top of the world and linking the rich markets of the East and West, became "the greatest Arctic tragedy of the age." There had been eight previous military polar expeditions since 1819 and only 17 deaths out of 513 men. With the loss of Franklin's entire crew, this was one of the greatest British naval disasters Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition masterfully examines the individual errors and remarkable twists of fate that led to the demise of the crews aboard the HMS TERROR and HMS EREBUS. While it was perceived that the survival of the expedition hinged wholly upon what it took into the Arctic, the irony was that this viewpoint is what led to its demise. Tainted food supplies coupled with an ambitious crew size is what author Scott Cookman, a journalist with articles in Field & Stream and America's Civil War, provides as the horrifying explanation for what went wrong. Ice Blink is about mismanagement, oversights, government foibles, prejudice and incompetence. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Fast (but forgettable) Summer Read 10. Juni 2000
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If you are interested in books about polar exploration, this is a quick summer read. The author presents his hypothesis as if it were fact. While I found it enjoyable, if you are looking for a more memorable read, check out "Endurance" and "The Worst Journey in the World".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Another speculative book on the FE fate 10. Juni 2000
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This book is more geared to adventure readers who for whatever reason picked up this book to read. It offers a brief history, a criminal type understanding of Stephen Goldner (who provisioned the Franklin Expedition with tinned food), but that's where it ends. It's basically a rehash of Franklin history with a new twist and one that doesn't stand the scrutiny of Franklin researchers/searchers. Just the fact that 105 of 129 officers and men survived to abandon their ships points that botulism didn't kill even a handful of them.
It also inaccurate in it's history. For an example: even a casual reading of Beattie and Geiger's "Frozen In Time" will tell the reader that Geiger wasn't at KWI in 1981 (Dr. Jim Savelle and Karen Digby were). Geiger was a reporter from the Edmonton Sun and made an acquaintence with Beattie when Torrington's photograph splashed the media in 1984. Three years after Beattie's first FE excavation. This glaring mistake was repeated twice in the book.
Better to buy "Frozen In Time," or get the PBS "Nova" documentary "Buried In Ice," for a better glimpse of this tragic expedition. At least it's much more scientifically and historically accurate.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and Compelling Story 11. Mai 2000
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This is the story of a fateful 1845 polar expedition that went terribly wrong. This was a British enterprise led by Captain Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage using the most advance ships and equipment at that time. Now I am a complete novice when it comes to this subject matter however I found this book very interesting and it offered a compelling story of misadventure, bravery, corruption, and suspense.
I found that the author, Scott Cookman, presented his story in such an easy manner that the narrative just raced along and I lost track of time reading about this terrible drama. It must be stated from the beginning that the author has no direct testimony of what actually happen to this expedition since all involved died.
However Cookman has utilised the accounts of many other polar explorers to support his theory of what may have happened and to give graphic examples of the conditions these men laboured under during this expedition. Overall I found it a gripping account and although he may not be 100% correct in his deductions I found that it was quite believable.
Cookman has used a wide range of sources including material from the Public Records Office and the Admiralty in London. He takes the time to fully explain the means and methods used at the time for polar exploration and I fully enjoyed his account of the men and ships involved. This is a great story and the book has prompted me to learn more about the brave men who charted the Arctic and Antarctic regions before modern technology made all too easy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ice Blink - reviewed
Very readable - once I started I didn't want to put it down.
Am 18. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting
The book is fascinating. For those not familiar with the topic, Cookman introduces the material in a way that lets a novice (like me) get caught up to speed rapidly. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. April 2000 von francisco juarez
3.0 von 5 Sternen Highly speculative, but interesting
The "Suggestive but Overwrought" review (February 17, 2000) was right on the money. Cookman presents an interesting history of the Franklin expedition, but has an... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. April 2000 von Jon Brock
1.0 von 5 Sternen Ice Blink
Unfortunately, this book is essentially a rehash of earlier research by both Parks Canada and the pioneering work of Owen Beattie and his colleagues who excavated the graves from... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. März 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Love It/Hated It
As a compelling new study of potential causes for the failure of the Franklin expedition, I could not put the book down and quite enjoyed it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Artic Tragedy
In Ice Blink, the reader will find that all that is wrong with the world today also existed 150 years ago. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Suggestive but overwrought
Cookman has certainly done some worthwhile new research; his study of Goldner and his patent canning factory is well-documented and backed by suggestive (though far from... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Februar 2000 von Russell A. Potter
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