The Ice Balloon

The Ice Balloon

S.A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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In this grand and astonishing account Alec Wilkinson brings us the story of S A Andrée the visionary Swedish aeronaut who in 1897 during the great age of Arctic endeavor left to discover the North Pole by flying to it in a hydrogen balloon. Called by a British military officer the most original and remarkable attempt ever made in Arctic exploration Andrée's expedition was followed by nearly the entire world and it made him an international legend. Ice Balloon begins in the late nineteenth century when nations vied for the greatest discoveries and newspapers covered every journey. Wilkinson describes how in Andrée several contemporary themes intersected. He was the first modern explorer and the first to depart for the Arctic unencumbered by notions of the romantic age and the first to be equipped with the newest technologies, but no explorer had ever left with more uncertainty regarding his fate since none had ever flown over the horizon and into the forbidding region of ice...
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2012
ISBN: 9781455166633
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file (7 hr., 19 min., 48 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Pruden, John


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