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, Science, Adventure, Environment, Nature

Reviews To the Edges of the Earth

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Donna
    Excellent book regarding the poles and the experiences of the people involved.