Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship

Resolute The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin and the Discovery of the Queen s Ghost Ship History Resolute is the epic story of the frenzied search for this Holy Grail of trade routes the disappearance of Franklin and his men and the longest largest and in the end most controversia

  • Title: Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship
  • Author: Martin W. Sandler
  • ISBN: 9781402758614
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • History Resolute is the epic story of the frenzied search for this Holy Grail of trade routes, the disappearance of Franklin and his 128 men, and the longest, largest and in the end, most controversial search and rescue mission ever organized.

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    1. Martin W Sandler has written than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards He lives in Massachusetts.

    2. Sir John Franklin and his 128 men on two ships, Erebus and Terror, disappeared into the frozen waters between Greenland and Canada looking for the fabled "Northwest Passage" open water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. He and his men disappeared in 1845 and the rescue missions would consume ships, money and men for decades. Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship gives a good overview of the history of explora [...]

    3. Fascinating story of Arctic exploration. I'm amazed at the hardships people are willing to endure to open new boundaries.

    4. This is the book that first introduced me to the whole saga that was the 19th century search for the Northwest Passage, and sparked in me the interest to learn more about it. Now, five or six books on the topic later, I have come back to this treasured first. To re-experience its lively storytelling, its cast of brought-to-life characters, and its gripping adventures.It has an epically long title but Resolute focuses solely on the most dramatic century of the five-century quest for a water route [...]

    5. In the mid-19th century, Sir John Franklin led a British expedition to the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. His was only one of many such expeditions, but it was the mysterious disappearance of Franklin and his crew that captured the imaginations of society then and even now. Touching on the beginnings of arctic explorations, the numerous search-and-rescue missions sent after Franklin, and the continuing searches for answers about their disappearance and demise, Sandler’s book offers [...]

    6. Recommended by the West Wing Weekly.Lively rendition of the story of the search for the Northwest Passage, centering on Sir John Franklin's sensational exploration attempt. Sandler is merciless in skewering the "fake news" around the 19th century Polar voyages. And he consistently challenges the argument that glory-seeking sociopathy is required to achieve great things, by highlighting the numerous administrative mistakes made by the British Navy in pursuit of ideology above accomplishing missio [...]

    7. I've loved reading about Franklin's expeditions ever since I picked up Nadolny's fictional account given in The Discovery of Slowness. This book gives a great overview about arctic explorations and all the rescue missions that were sent out to find traces of Franklin or at least clues to the disappearance of his expedition.

    8. A true tale of daring do in the arctic in search for the Northwest Passage. It’s also a testament to man’s folly.

    9. I would recommend this book. It may seem like the last subject you'd want to read about: a bunch of 19th century Britons trying to find a way to the Pacific Ocean over the top of North America.I'll be honest, if you had asked me if I knew what the North West Passage was before I read this book, I would have told you that is what Lewis and Clark were looking for.OK, so some random thoughts:• though the title is "Resolute" the book is far broader than about a boat that was lost and then found wh [...]

    10. I enjoyed this book. The author distilled the search for the Northwest Passage into a strong, linear narrative and focused on the many (many) individuals whose bravery, courage, determination, and dedication to a single goal drove them beyond the limits of human endeavor. Sandler uses several interesting tricks to develop the story in a way to keep it fresh. First, while several maps are in the book, none actually present the entirety of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. This keeps the reader in [...]

    11. A fast read. A nice brisk (ha!) pace. Sandler doesn't get hung up too much one expedition or lost in the minutia of any singular personality (which must take discipline as there were some fascinating personalities). Also, I read a lot of these sorts of books and I really like that he also tells the story of those waiting for him. His was one of the better uses of newspaper stories to describe the national mood while Franklin went missing. Finally (again, because I read a lot of these stories), w [...]

    12. I've read multiple books about Sir John Franklin and the Franklin Expedition, so the events described in the first portion of the book were not new to me. However, I didn't know much about the subsequent search parties sent out to find Franklin and his crew. This book filled in some of those gaps. It told of the expeditions and men (British and American, officers and whalers) who commanded ships such as the Polaris, Resolute, Intrepid, Enterprise, Investigator, Pioneer, George Henry, etc. Becaus [...]

    13. Excellent tale of the amazing peope who charted the northern arctic coast in search of the northwest passage in the early and mid 1800s. A true adventure of hardship, endurance, and colorful personalities among some little-known English and American explorers and whalers. Although I knew how the story would end, the journey was worth the read. The only negative was that, with the large number of individuals and ships involved in exploration and resue missions, it was often difficult to different [...]

    14. It's a great topic and the book was well written but provided horrible maps. You have a book that traces 10 (roughly) different searches for the NW Passage and reference Bays, Islands, Inlets, Coves and provide very weak maps. I enjoyed the book once I gave up trying to place the expeditions relative to each other. However, with all of the effort put into the locations discovered and visited several working maps would have seemed like a reasonable request. Fascinating topic and material never th [...]

    15. This book came highly recommended, and being a lover of history I thought I would love it. While there were some interesting facts about the quest to find the North West Passage and a few tidbits about the HMS Resolute. The story itself was a bit slow paced and as a result I kept putting the book down. It was not a very long book, but it still took me a while to get through it. The characters were not very interesting, but I did keep reading it and finally got to the end. Not a bad story, but no [...]

    16. An absolutely fascinating story of Great Britain's obsessive search for a Northwest Passage through Arctic waters in the early-to-mid 1800's. Martin Sandler relates history with a story-teller's skill. Some non-fiction is a slow read, but not "Resolute." I couldn't put it down--the images of the explorers' hardships stayed with me long after I finished the book. If you enjoy history, you'll love "Resolute."

    17. After reading Dan Simmon's the Terror, I had to find out the real facts from the made up stuff. to my surprise, a lot of the facts are real, and there are real photographs/copies in this book. Also, Resolute goes even futher and lists all of the expeditions (and there were quite a few) and characters associated with the search for the erebus/terror mission. I'm not a big history person, but I couldn't put this book down.

    18. If you've read The Terror, you might want to read Resolute. The former is a fictionalized account of what might have happened to John Franklin's expedition, the latter is a nonfiction account of all that is known about that expedition as well as other expeditions to the Arctic Circle during the 1800s. The Terror is a terribly long book (but worth it); Resolute is a quick read even though it conveys so much information. (Plus it has pictures!)

    19. The book has some great detail, and each chapter deals with specific event, so each one may overlap with another. I found this a little confusing and kept flipping back and forth between parts I read and parts I was reading. Putting the timeline up front would have helped, instead of in the back of the book. The map on the end pages was good but needs to have more of the places mentioned

    20. If you're going to read this (and you should if you like history), get the hardback with the maps on the inside covers and the shiny pages of illustrations and the yummy fonts, which greatly enhance the experience. The writing is engaging and the history is nuts. As usual, the Americans and English were arrogant and confused and the Inuit were the ones who had a clue.

    21. A fast moving read on an interesting topic, the exploration of the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. Each chapter shifted its focus to a different expedition, which really kept the text moving. It is incredible to read what these explorers went through to survive ( or not survive ) during the dark Arctic winter.

    22. This is a well told story of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, the loss of him and his crew and the numerous rescue missions to find them. It is also about the many other Arctic explorers of tho 1800's who attempted to find the Northwest Passage and the North Pole. The Resolute was a small but heartwarming part of the book. I totally enjoyed it all.

    23. A history of the search for the Northwest Passage. More of a Survey course than an in-depth review of every trip. I liked how it overviewed so many different expeditions and how they were tied together in so many ways. I definitely will be more likely to read a few in-depth chronicles of the different expeditions if I come across more.

    24. Really interesting book about the search for the Northwest Passage, and the North Pole. The book describes many voyages which attempted to find a Northwest Passage, as well as the North Pole. It also describes the search and rescue missions that were undertaken in order to find many of these voyages when they failed to return. Very good read if you are into adventure and exploration.

    25. Interesting topic, but tries to cover too much about Artic exploration by stretching the story of the Franklin Expedition a little thin. Would have been a more enjoyable read if better maps had been included - particularly a comprehensive geographic map of the area above the Artic Circle.

    26. Interesting topic, but I got bogged down with all the characters and politics of Great Britain. The arrogance of the commanders and refusal to acknowledge the superior knowledge of the native people is also remarkable.

    27. Story of British & American exploration of the Arctic in the 1800s, focusing mainly on the search for survivors or remains of the British Franklin expedition, and using the recovery of the ship Resolute as the frame of the plot.

    28. Great historical story about discovery and the search for the Northwest Passage! Enjoyed the whole book from cover to cover! Good illustrations! Highly recommended even if you might not have an interest in British exploration history! Great read!

    29. Very interesting story about the race between England and the rest of the world to discover the Northwest Passage to Asia. I cant believe how persistently they tried even though there was so much disaster and death.

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