Abandoned, first published in 1961, is the riveting story of the ill-fated Greely Arctic Expedition. Breathing life into the real men who made up the expedition; both their courageous acts and fallible human selves shining through. Wonderfully narrated making the reader feel like they are there in the moment. On August 1, 1884, a rescue vessel pulled into the … In this book, they are two invincible villains that torture the men and constantly dangle them at the edge of sanity or death: "The long night. Would you be willing to join or lead an expedition to the polar ice caps for the betterment of mankind? Months without sunshine. He was battle-hardened, having fought during the Civil War and worked his way up through the ranks. Both are the true story of a poorly thought out adventure in the arctic in the 1880s headed by Greely who was in the Army and had no prior experience in sub-zero temperatures or as a sailor, even though part of their escape plan involved using a boat. While Levy's prose is great and readers will easily envision animal attacks, arguments, and the sound of cracking ice, the photographs, taken by Sergeant George Rice, add a visual element that backs up every part of the narrative and show readers "the building of Fort Conger; the Proteus at anchor in Discovery Bay; the Eskimo with their dogs and sledges, as well as skinning seals and musk-oxen; the Eskimo relics Brainard had discovered," and much more. When discussing the ideas for this book the author, Buddy Levy, was advised to tell the story as if you were sitting in a bar entertaining others. Buddy Levy takes us there in a way no other book I've read on The Lady Franklin Bay Expedition has. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Not only is the harrowing tale of the Greely Polar Expedition almost too much to be believed, but Levy's account of it is brilliantly paced, meticulously researched, and wonderfully written. It must have been terrifying. Start by marking “Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition” as Want to Read: Error rating book. In 1881 Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely, an American with no Arctic experience, led a team of men to explore the upper reaches of Northern Greenland in what became known as the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. Greely put together a crew of 24 scientists and explorers and set out to reach areas of the north that had not been traversed before. Lt. Adolphus Greely undertook in 1881 the mission to collect the meteorological and geographical data of the Arctic. The continuous darkness had driven some Arctic explorers to madness. In July 1881, An epic story of adventure, abandonment and human tragedy, The Greely Expedition tells of an 1881 scientific mission to the Arctic that ended with death and rumors of cannibalism. A man of discipline, he expected a lot from his men. Greely and his … The 1881–84 Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, often referred to as the Greely Expedition, was a scientific mission to collect Arctic magnetic, astronomical, and meteorological data as part of the first International Polar Year. Another goal of the expedition was to search … Food stores dwindling. Six made it home alive. I know how difficult we can be to buy gifts for, but your dad, husband, brothers, uncles, friends, and lover(s) will absolutely love this adventure set in the snows and ice of The Farthest North. This review of American Experience: The Greely Expedition praises the way filmmaker Rob Rapley subtly utilizes visuals and simple music to tell this story of a promising 19th-century scientific … A huge thanks to St. Martin's Press, and Netgalley. The thoroughly researched details described by the author are fascinating. I absolutely love books about exploration. When no ship came after that second winter, everything changed. The expedition was we. 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