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To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration

By Edward Larson ’74. William Morrow, 2018. Available on Amazon. In the course of one extraordinary year, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed worldwide at the discovers of the North Pole; Britain’s Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic “Furthest South” record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the Magnetic South Pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy’s Duke of the Abruzzi had attained an altitude record that would stand for a generation. Based on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Larson weaves the narratives into one thrilling adventure story.