EMPIRE of ICE AND STONE by BUDDY LEVY

The true, harrowing story of the ill-fated 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition and the two men who came to define it.

This is the true story of two men. One a great leader and one not so great.

With everything going on in the world stage in 1913, a wooden-hulled brigantine named Karlud departed Canada for the Arctic. Bob Barlett, who was considered a legend navigating ice manned the helm, and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who just wanted to be famous.

About six weeks after they leave, they are surrounded by giant ice floes. Stefansson leaves the ship with five others and leaves for what he said was a 10-day hunting ship. Will they ever see him again?

22 men and an Inuit woman with her two daughters are now sitting on a mile-square ice floe, their ship and leader are gone. They make the best of the situation by building shelters and trying to stay alive.

Bartlett made the decision to take one of his hunters on a 1000-mile journey to save them.

This was such an interesting book. These men couldn’t have been any more different. And the conditions were awful. I have such admiration for the courage shown by this leader.

NetGalley/St. Martin’s Press December 06, 2022





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