A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier
By David Welky
A century ago, give or take, Antarctica was the setting for great feats of derring-do by towering figures: Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton. And then, at the planet’s other pole, there was the Crocker Land Expedition. Intended to be a two-year scientific study by a mostly amateur team, the trip dissolved into chaos, calamity and murder. Historian Welky vividly recounts all of it with the help of diaries and letters.