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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 2, 2011
This could have been an excellent book if not for the authors propensity for turning what was a fascinating story of exploring the far reaches of the earth into a work that seemed intent on doing nothing more demonstrating malevolence towards Admiral Byrd with other stories mixed in. Suggestions based on facts stated in an objective manner would have been tolerable but after reading time and time again statements where the author fills a void with his opinion, years after the fact, seems quite petty. Admiral Byrd from what I learned from this book (when you ignore the conjecture inserted throughout) is a remarkable man and without his efforts, much of polar expeditions criticized would not have happened. Did he have faults? Of course, who doesn't? Byrd did in fact dream big, push limits and demonstrate the ability to plan, raise funding for, and organize complex expeditions while putting his life on the line in the process. The author may want to consider taking note of the wisdom of Ernest Edward Joyce, from Shackleton's Ross Sea party, who stated years later for those that judge too hastily that "talking is easy and everyone is wise after the event." Well said Mr. Joyce, rest in peace. For a good read of polar exploration with a whole let less opining, I suggest 'The Lost Men' by Kelly Tyler-Lewis. A good read indeed.