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Innocents on the Ice: A Memoir of Antarctic Exploration, 1957-John C. Behrendt

  • Title: Innocents on the Ice: A Memoir of Antarctic Exploration, 1957
  • Author: John C. Behrendt
  • Released: 1999-08-01
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  • Pages: 428
  • ISBN: 0870815512
  • ISBN13: 978-0870815515
  • ASIN: 0870815512

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Review "Behrendt's book provides a rare opportunity to savor the agony and ecstasy of a pioneering Antarctic science expedition." -- -- Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

" . . . this is one of the most fascinating books that I have had the pleasure to read in years. . . . Behrendt . . . has done a great servcice in writing about his experiences during a very trying and under-reported era. . . . [an] excellent book." . -- The Antarctican Society Newsletter

"A gripping tale of young scientists pursuing their calling while under the command of a vindictive, paranoid naval officer. Denied radio contact with their stateside mentors, some were threatened with Court Martial for insisting on doing what they were sent to do. Fortunately, it is the scientists who triumph after a rough winter. -- " --Charles Swithinbank, author of Forty Years on Ice

"Behrendt skillfully describes the tension between the scientist's passion for research and their leader's paranoia, which at times threatened to bring the isolated base to the brink of instability and mutiny. . . . [A] welcome and long-overdue addition to the literature of the continent. -- " --J. McKim Malville, author of Prehistoric Astronomy of the Southwest

"Picture the movie {The Thing} without the monster to distract the icebound characters and you have the setting for {Innocents on the Ice}." -- -- American Scientist

"The difficulty in the scientists overcoming a battle of wills with the man in charge of the expedition makes [{Innocents on the Ice}] solidly interesting and, at times, gripping." --{Boulder Planet} -- (Boulder Planet)

"This latter-day revelation will prove fascinating to those interested in the minutiae of Antarctic exploration and research gone wrong." -- -- CHOICE

About the Author John Behrendt

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