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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Hampton Sides

New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age.

In the late 19th century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would set on whomever could plant their flag upon its shores.

James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of the New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by sending Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to recreate that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the U.S.S. Jeanette set sail from San Francisco to a cheering crowd in the grips of "Arctic Fever."

The ship plowed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amidst the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeanette sank to the bottom ,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the lonesome wilderness--a frozen, hell in the most shadowy corner of the world. Facing everything from snow-blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and icy labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In The Kingdom Of Ice is a spellbinding tale of grit and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

Hampton Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories Hellhound on his Trail, Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers, which have sold a combined 1.5 million copies.

Date: 09/15/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

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