"The Pole at last!" These are the famous - and controversial - words inserted into the diary that Robert Peary kept on his famous try to become the first man to set foot on the North Pole. Those four words have been questioned ever since.
Whether or not Peary ever reached the true North Pole, what is beyond question is that he and a small team trudged for many months through an unforgiving Arctic Wilderness, driven by the spirit of adventure and the lust for personal glory. Capably performed by the mature voice of Jonathan Reese, The North Pole is a story of adventure and a product of its time: determined, strong, and vain.
Peary's news stunned the international community because a few days earlier his rival, American explorer Frederick A. Cook, had announced a similar victory. Cook's claim - allegedly occurring April 1908 - had priority over Peary's. The vehement, often vicious campaign mounted by Peary and his wealthy, powerful backers (including President Theodore Roosevelt) soon discredited Cook but also caused his own claim to be scrutinized and doubted. The conflict ignited the greatest geographical dispute in the history of exploration, a controversy that continues to spark passionate debate.
Was Peary the first explorer to conquer the North Pole? The North Pole, originally published in 1910, makes available Peary's own account of his expedition in the Arctic. It provides hotly contested evidence that remains an indispensable key in deciding who deserved the coveted title "Discoverer of the North Pole". It is also a gripping adventure story that is impossible to put down.
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