|Primary Format: Cloth|
|Size:||8.5 x 9 in.|
|Subject(s):||Biography and Letters|
Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram
Charles W. JohnsonCloth: $29.95
Beyond the geography and derring-do, there is plenty in this biography to satisfy the boat-minded among us. . . . Ice Ship is beautifully illustrated and produced, and wonderfully researched; it’s a remarkable account of a remarkable ship.
The author is clearly very familiar with Arctic exploration literature. . . . The author has put together a compelling story about the three larger-than-life characters, Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, and Roald Amundsen. . . . By using Fram as a centerpiece he has broadened the scope of the book far beyond episodes directly related to the history of the vessel. His presentation includes many sidebar statements on topics such as polar ice in general, personal experiences in the Arctic, comments on polar seasons, and the general differences between the two polar regions.
Charles Johnson’s Ice Ship beautifully captures the essence of the Norse spirit that fills in the answer to the one remaining question: Why?
—Willem Lange, Valley News
The story of a ship is actually three stories: its design, construction, and voyages; the record of the work she did; and the story of her owners, officers, and crew. A successful ship’s biography weaves these together seamlessly, as does Charles Johnson [in his] admirable book, Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram.
An ambitious chunk of polar history.
—The International Journal of Maritime History
CHARLES W. JOHNSON is the former Vermont state naturalist, a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the author of several popular books on natural history. He has a lifelong interest in polar regions and exploration. He lives in East Montpelier, Vermont.