Fatal Passage: The Story of John Rae, the Arctic Hero Time Forgot

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Basic Books, 1 abr. 2003 - 327 páginas
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John Rae s accomplishments, surpassing all nineteenth-century Arctic explorers, were worthy of honors and international fame. No explorer even approached Rae s prolific record: 1,776 miles surveyed of uncharted territory; 6,555 miles hiked on snowshoes; and 6,700 miles navigated in small boats. Yet, he was denied fair recognition of his discoveries because he dared to utter the truth about the fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew, Rae s predecessors in the far north. Author Ken McGoogan vividly narrates the astonishing adventures of Rae, who found the last link to the Northwest Passage and uncovered the grisly truth about the cannibalism of Franklin and his crew. A bitter smear campaign by Franklin s supporters would deny Rae his knighthood and bury him in ignominy for over one hundred and fifty years. Ken McGoogan s passion to secure justice for a true North American hero in this revelatory book produces a completely original and compelling portrait that elevates Rae to his rightful place as one of history s greatest explorers."
 

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Índice

A Wild Life in Ruperts Land
3
Moose Factory Doctor
23
Apprentice Explorer
43
Arctic Pioneer
63
In Search of Franklin
79
Northern Reversals
101
Ruperts Land Realities
119
The Third Expedition
129
Enter Charles Dickens
221
The Wrath of Lady Franklin
234
Restoring the Fate
246
Awakening to the Passage
259
The Consumate Traveller
271
Return to Orkney
289
Epilogue
303
Bibliography
313

BestLaid Plans
149
Back to the Barrens
161
The Two Discoveries
183
the discovery of truth
199
The Return of John Rae
201
Acknowledgements
320
Picture Credits
321
Index
323
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