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“Once in a while you come across a book that so fully transfixes your imaginative gaze, it ceases to become a book but simply a story. . . In 1897, three men in a cold lonely balloon float toward the North Pole—and to their deaths. A haunting book.”—Jimmy So, The Daily Beast
“A rare work of nonfiction whose sublimely understated writing rivals the inherent drama of the subject matter . . . Wilkinson gives us not only an exhilarating account of Swedish engineer S.A. Andrée’s ill fated expedition, he offers a finely nuanced psychological portrait of a unique race of men—the Victorian-era Arctic explorers—and the age that produced them.”—Emily Donaldson, The Toronto Star
“A gripping account of what has been called the heroic age of Arctic exploration.”—David B. Williams, The Seattle Times
“Entertaining and extremely well-written.  This captivating story [is] essential for all avid readers of exploration and polar literature.”—Library Journal
“Fabulous . . . Readers meet ‘a parade of fanatics’ who attempt to reach the Pole, discover what is there, and return alive.”—Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
“[Wilkinson’s] superb storytelling skills shine on every page. The descriptions that Andrée and his expedition mates wrote about the harsh but stunning Arctic landscape, and the slow, agonizing march to their inevitable deaths make for riveting armchair reading.”—Stephen J. Lyons, Minneapolis StarTribune
“Wilkinson writes with insight and flair, artfully interleaving Andrée’s story with a brief history of Arctic exploration. . . .  [His] prose style suits the spare polar landscape, making his occasional poetic touches even more effective . . . And Wilkinson doesn’t get bogged down in too much detail.   He understands that the value of polar stories isn’t to be found in guy ropes and provisions.   It lies elsewhere, in our endless love of discovery and the drama of being human.”—Sara Wheeler, The New York Times Book Review
 “A fine addition to the annals of polar exploration . . . A writer known for discerning portraiture, Alec Wilkinson here probes the personality of Swedish explorer Salomon Andrée, who, along with two companions, disappeared in an 1897 attempt to discover the North Pole by balloon.”  —Gilbert Taylor, Booklist (starred)
“Beautifully focused and controlled, Wilkinson, ever elegant and thorough, fleshes out his account by delineating the previous expeditions of Greely and Nansen in order to get at the motivations in the minds of this ‘parade of fanatics heading for the deep places’.” —Kirkus Reviews 

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Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before that he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that he was a rock-and-roll musician. He has published nine other books—two memoirs, two collections of essays, three biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting—most of which first appeared in The New Yorker. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.


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a perfect book 26. Januar 2012
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How did you feel when you were a kid and you released a helium balloon and watched go away over the horizon? Wilkinson captures that same odd, other-worldly sensation of wonder in this haunting, beautifully written mystery story. This is the tale of a driven arctic explorer, S.A. Andree, who believed he could reach the North Pole by hot air balloon. The story of his adventures and misadventures on the ice is also the story of the last chapter of the most romantic era of the West. In school, they called it The Age of Exploration, the strivings of a few reckless daredevils to see the parts of the globe that, just 150 years ago, were still unmapped, unseen, and unknown. Wilkinson does that thing only the best artists can: makes you see your own world again, as if for the first time.
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Pleasant read, but not entirely satisfying 19. Mai 2012
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This is a perfectly fine book - well written and dealing with an interesting and unexpected aspect of polar exploration. If it is your first foray into the history of arctic exploration, you are likely to enjoy it more than someone who has already looked into the substantial literature that is already out there. Or if you are simply interested in all things arctic, you will likely find something to appreciate.

Still, I would agree with some of the other reviewers that, in the the end, you have a sense that the basic source material was insufficient to fill a book on the Andree expedition. There are substantial sections dealing with the Greely expedition and Nansen, neither of which have much of a direct relation to the Andree story. In the case of Greely, the link appears to be his public statement of skepticism about Andree's balloon idea. Not much else, but we still get a rather lengthy account of the well-known Greely story. I enjoyed the book and learned a few things about balloons and about the arctic, but I cannot praise it as highly as some others have done.
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Andree's dream 29. Januar 2012
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This book was well written and fast-paced. The reader should be aware that much of the book is spent on framing the dramatic era of arctic exploration and the personalities and adventures or mis-adventures of those involved. The fact that many years afterwards journals and undeveloped film were recovered along with the remains of Andree and his party allow us to know far more about the fate of the expedition than might otherwise be known beyond their fateful departure. I appreciated that the author refrained from filling out the tale with his own speculations and clearly indicated those places where he was venturing an opinion. The survivng photos were intriguing and my chief disappointment with the book was that the photos were not reproduced full-page and glossy, instead they are sprinkled throughout the book in very small scale. Over-all, recommended winter reading.
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Utterly compelling and exhilarating account. A Fascinating book & great read. 15. Februar 2012
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The Ice Balloon is set to join the ranks of classic Polar adventure books. Alec Wilkinson's prose is perfectly suited to the subject and is a wonderfully detailed, utterly compelling and exhilarating account of S.A. Andree's ill fated expedition. The heroes of this dramatic book were neither professional explorers or possessed military backgrounds, but during the Heroic Age of Arctic exploration, were ambitious and courageous enough to trust in science and attempt to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon. This fascinating book touches the explorer in all of us.
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My grandpas cousin was on the balloon 20. März 2012
Von anders w - Veröffentlicht auf
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]My grandpas cousin Nils Strindberg was on the balloon. I have also been a hot air ballon pilot for 20 years. That is the reason why I bought the book. I also have the original book from the expedition. And that book now has got a good company in the shelf. IMHO the book don't reveals any new information about that expedition. But it is fascinating to read the authors thouhts about it. Of course I was interested in Strindberg because it is family. My niece did a special paper in school about the life of Nils Stridberg before the expedition and how the family coped after his disappereance Nils father Oscar called Occa newer stop to mourn an wrote a poem to his lost son on his birthdays. The book is also a very good compilation of other expeditions to the artic and the age of Arctic expeditions in the backlight of the Andrée expedition. I recommend the book highly. anders wasen Strindberg's StarLetters from the Andree Party. The Balloon Expedition to the Pole - An Account of the Start by Andree's Fellow - Voyager Nils Strindberg - Letters Relating to the Expedition from Strindberg's Father.With the Eagle on the Pole : Andrees Polar Expedition in 1897 : The Complete Record of His 1897 Polar Balloon Flight (Med Ornen Mot Pole : Andrees Polarexpedition AR 1897) ** Swedish Edition **With the Eagle on the Pole : Andrees Polar Expedition in 1897 : The Complete Record of His 1897 Polar Balloon Flight (Med Ornen Mot Pole : Andrees Polarexpedition AR 1897) ** Swedish Edition **][[ASIN:0436505029 The Flight of the Eagle
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