Thorndike Press

Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

  • Andrea Pitzer
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  • ISBN-10: 1432887750
  • ISBN-13: 9781432887759
  • DDC: 910.9163
  • Shipping Weight: 1.20 lbs ( .54 kgs)
  • 434 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2021

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The human story has always been one of perseverance — often against remarkable odds. The most astonishing survival tale of all might be that of 16th-century Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew of 16, who ventured farther north than any Europeans before and, on their third polar exploration, lost their ship off the frozen coast of Nova Zembla to unforgiving ice. The men would spend the next year fighting off ravenous polar bears, gnawing hunger, and endless winter. Pitzer combines a tale of survival with a history of the great Age of Exploration — a time of hope, adventure, and seemingly unlimited geographic frontiers.


Customer Reviews

“A masterful re-creation of a desperate fight for survival [that] takes us back nearly half a millennium and plunks us down in a vividly realized world . . . More than just another book about a disastrous sea voyage, this is a richly evocative story about a particular period in the history of exploration. ICEBOUND deserves a place beside such classics as Alfred Lansing’s Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage and Roland Huntford’s THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH: SCOTT AND AMUNDSON’S RACE TO THE SOUTH POLE.”

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