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Roald Amundsen
 
 
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Tor Bomann-Larsen. Ingrid Christophersen, trans. Pen Hadow, foreword.
Publisher History Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780750943444
Pages/Publication Date 384/2006
Daedalus Item Code 33575
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On December 14, 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team became the first human beings to reach the South Pole, just five weeks before Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition arrived. Amundsen had already led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage, and would go on to lead the first successful attempt to cross the Arctic by air (perhaps even becoming the first to truly reach the North Pole, according to some expert interpretations). Yet his personal life was complex to say the least, with a string of mistresses (including Eskimo women he brought back to Norway) and a poisonous relationship with his brother. He disappeared in 1928 while taking part in an airborne rescue mission in the Arctic; his body was never found. With a foreword by polar explorer Pen Hadow, and vivid firsthand accounts from Amundsen and his crew, this biography looks beyond the familiar image of the hero, following the remarkable rediscovery of some 15,000 letters and papers in a barn outside Oslo.
 
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