Byrd's Great Adventure
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The book does touch on nearly all of the notable expeditions to either pole; the "1,000 years" bit applies only to the North Pole, as awareness of a southern continent didn't really come about until the 1700s, but in any case there were a LOT of expeditions of varying sizes - and degrees of success. The prose tends to be a bit melodramatic, but if anything deserves that kind of phrasing it'd be the more poignant Arctic and Antarctic expeditions... For example, near the end of the book, in the description of the tragic fate of the airship "Italia", the author speaks of Amundsen's attempt to find survivors by air; his plane crashed in the Arctic and no remains were ever found. The book, dated only a couple of years after those events, notes: "Thus, for two years the shroud of mystery has lain over him. Will the gallant viking ever be found? First to sail through the Northwest Passage, first to fly in an airship over the top of the world, first to reach the south pole - shall the great soul of Amundsen haunt forever the arctic silence which he loved?"
An interesting - if sometimes, and understandably, dated - overview of polar exploration, and a look at attitudes in the US in the late 1920s.
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