To the Edges of the Earth by Edward J. Larson

To the Edges of the Earth

In the spirit of bestselling adventure narratives In the Kingdom of Ice, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Lost City of Z, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Edward J. Larson's To the Edges of the Earth brings to life the climax of the age of exploration: in the year 1909 expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica, and Himalaya pushed human accomplishment to the extremes and set records for altitude and the farthest north and south.In 1909, three ...

Details To the Edges of the Earth

TitleTo the Edges of the Earth
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreNonfiction, History, Adventure, Science, Environment, Nature

Reviews To the Edges of the Earth

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    This was a well-written, thoroughly researched book about polar exploration. The author focused on the successful trips to the north and south poles, as well as the “third pole” of the highest mountain, in 1909. I felt that the third pole story didn’t fit well with the other two and seemed added in to emphasize public fascination with these explorers and the extremes that they went to. Overall, this was a fascinating book.
  • Nancy
    One hundred years ago the world was reeling from WWI. Every value and belief once the foundation of civilization was called into question by the war.But before the 'War to End All Wars' didn't end war, men were going on quests to conquer the unknown regions of ice. They faced gruesome suffering--loss of body parts that had frozen, physical exertion in extreme conditions, starvation, threats of crevasses that appeared out of nowhere and thin ice o...
  • Pamela
    Historically Credible . . . Compellingly Readable . . . Fascinating Perspective with Relevant Sub-Topics . . . Well Written with an alluring Contemporary Voice . . . Seemingly Thoroughly Researched. It really is a fascinating read. Not perfect, but then again, my copy is a galley; I was blessed to received a complimentary copy from the publisher through an e-newsletter giveaway. I simply don't understand why this book has not received more widesp...
  • Joe Jones
    I am not sure if the men in this book were extraordinarily brave or just a bit crazy. It probably is a bit of both. The conditions they experienced on their quests to be the first to the poles was mind blowing. I don't know how they could go back again and again trying to achieve their goals. Especially as others paid the ultimate price of their lives in their failed attempts. A perfect read for this colder than normal winter we are experiencing....
  • John
    I enjoy books that that make me wonder what drives people to do things like this. This experience had to be miserable and to want to do it again makes me wonder what drives that thought process. I do wish I would have had some prior knowledge to these events before hand as it would help me understand things a little better. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J. Larson is an examination of the most adventurous year of all time.1909 can be said to be the climactic year in the modern age of adventure-based exploration. The three poles to be conquered in 1909 were the North Pole, the South Pole, and the so-called Pole of Altitude in the Himalayas. (The South pole was sometimes divided into th...
  • toomanybooks
    This book was good, but not great. I enjoyed the premise of telling the story of one year, a year when three "poles" were conquered, and a year just before the world changed in World War I. But I think this could have been handled better, as it seemed there was an odd combo of assuming the reader had prior knowledge of, especially, Arctic and Antarctic exploration and not really delving into the material. By that, I mean that I think the book cou...
  • Anna
    Three expeditions for the extremes of the earth in 1909. Two are well known - Shackleton's attempt on the south pole in which he fails to reach the pole but his team reach the magnetic pole and set a new "furthest south" records; and Peary's claim on the north pole that has been widely discredited. Less well known is the unsuccessful climb of K2 (the pole of altitude) by Prince Luigi Amedeo, the Duke of Abruzzi, that nevertheless resulted in a lo...
  • Kristi Richardson
    “The meaning of heroism changes with time and conditions.”I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. It was an excellent overview of the three explorations accomplished in 1909. Admiral Peary’s race to the North Pole, Ernest Shackleton’s race to the South Pole and lastly, Luigi Amedeo, the Duke of Abruzzi’s climb to the highest peak of K2 for that time. I enjoyed reading about the challenges these brave men endured ...
  • Gail
    Earlier in the book, I would have rated it as either four or five stars. It was certainly exciting to read about the adventures of Robert Peary, Ernest Shackleton, Douglas Mawson, and others as they sought to be discoverers of the North and South Poles. Unfortunately, you only get snippets of what really happened, which is why it pays to read entire books of the above subjects. Author Edward J. Larson introduced a man I never even heard of, Italy...
  • Rachel
    I liked it. At least in an interesting and horrifying way. I can safely say that this book completely convinced me to never even consider Polar explorations. Too cold and brutal by far.As for the book itself, I thought it focused way more on the North Pole than the South, and overall way more on the poles than on the mountain climbing. I think there were only two chapters on climbing K2 vs the other 9 for the poles? And the chapters switching foc...
  • Gary Detrick
    If it had been the first book I've read on polar exploration I would have given it 4 stars. Edward's blending of the stories read well with the intermingeling of the three expeditions. A very interesting year in exploration. I did learn about Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, whom I had no knowledge about and did throughly enjoy the read. After reading books like, In the Kingdom of Ice, Magellan: Over the Edge of the World, Aspley Cherry-...
  • Abby
    An entertaining look at three of the most stalwart adventurers of the Age of Exploration. I've read about various polar expeditions before, but Luigi Amedeo and his ascent of K2 was new to me. The book is nicely written and well-researched. It's a fine starting point if you want to learn more about any of the topics covered.I received an uncorrected proof of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I'm very glad to have gotten it. An entertaining a...
  • Michele Smith
    I really enjoy these types of adventure stories. Shackleton and Peary are still renowned for their accomplishments, but I knew very little about them. While I got a little bogged down in some of the details of the expeditions, overall it was an interesting account of some of the most famous explorers of their time.
  • Kate
    A fascinating book that shows how some men' personalities drive them to do things the rest of us think is crazy. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would risk life and limb to do what they did. I am basically the stay at home and read about it person. If you love books about humans matching themselves against nature this is the definitely the book for you.
  • Lee Adams
    A good compliation of a lot of great stories - Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, Scott, Cook, Peary, and the like. I still think reading each separately is worth the investment, if you're not that committed this book is a great alternative.
  • Donna
    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved.
  • Erin
    Review forthcoming.
  • Marguerite Czajka
    I've read about the trips to the north and south poles before, but not Abruzzi's efforts to reach the top of K2. Very interesting contrasts - especially Abruzzi, who at one point had 300(!) porters.
  • Adrian
    This book description sucked me in since it name-dropped Hampton Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice book. I know it’s not an equal comparison, but this book was not nearly as good as The Kingdom of Ice. Maybe because it was trying to accomplish too much in the same length? Or maybe it was because of the writing style?I guess it’s not fair to compare these two books but as this story dragged on, I lost more and more interest. I think it’s reall...
  • Doug Cornelius
    I added this to my to-read stack based on this review in the Wall Street Journal: I received a free copy, so I dove in for some armchair adventures. Three attempts to reach unexplored, far reaches of planet Earth: The North Pole, South Pole and top of he world at K2.We see Peary, Shackleton and Abruzzi in audacious attempts to find these far distant points during 1909. There is none of the technology f...