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The Man Who Ate His Boots - The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage

Anthony Brandt

The enthralling and often harrowing history of the adventurers who searched for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth-century British exploration. After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the sixteenth century: find the fabled Northwest Passage, a shortcut to the Orient via a sea route over northern Canada. For the next thirty-five years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find Sir John Franklin, the Royal Navy hero who led the last of these Admiralty expeditions and vanished into the maze of channels, sounds, and icy seas with two ships and 128 officers and men. In The Man Who Ate His Boots, Anthony Brandt tells the whole story of the search for the Northwest Passage, from its beginnings early in the age of exploration through its development into a British national obsession to the final sordid, terrible descent into scurvy, starvation, and cannibalism. Sir John Franklin is the focus of the book but it covers all the major expeditions and a number of fascinating characters, including Franklin's extraordinary wife, Lady Jane, in vivid detail. The Man Who Ate His Boots is a rich and engaging work of narrative history that captures the glory and the folly of this ultimately tragic enterprise. From the Hardcover edition.

The enthralling and often harrowing history of the adventurers who searched for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth-century British exploration. After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the sixteenth century: find the fabled Northwest Passage, a shortcut to the Orient via a sea route over northern Canada. For the next thirty-five years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find Sir John Franklin, the Royal Navy hero who led the last of these Admiralty expeditions and vanished into the maze of channels, sounds, and icy seas with two ships and 128 officers and men. In The Man Who Ate His Boots, Anthony Brandt tells the whole story of the search for the Northwest Passage, from its beginnings early in the age of exploration through its development into a British national obsession to the final sordid, terrible descent into scurvy, starvation, and cannibalism. Sir John Franklin is the focus of the book but it covers all the major expeditions and a number of fascinating characters, including Franklin's extraordinary wife, Lady Jane, in vivid detail. The Man Who Ate His Boots is a rich and engaging work of narrative history that captures the glory and the folly of this ultimately tragic enterprise. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

History

Description:

The enthralling and often harrowing history of the adventurers who searched for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth-century British exploration. After the triumphant end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the British took it upon themselves to complete something they had been trying to do since the sixteenth century: find the fabled Northwest Passage, a shortcut to the Orient via a sea route over northern Canada. For the next thirty-five years the British Admiralty sent out expedition after expedition to probe the ice-bound waters of the Canadian Arctic in search of a route, and then, after 1845, to find Sir John Franklin, the Royal Navy hero who led the last of these Admiralty expeditions and vanished into the maze of channels, sounds, and icy seas with two ships and 128 officers and men. In The Man Who Ate His Boots, Anthony Brandt tells the whole story of the search for the Northwest Passage, from its beginnings early in the age of exploration through its development into a British national obsession to the final sordid, terrible descent into scurvy, starvation, and cannibalism. Sir John Franklin is the focus of the book but it covers all the major expeditions and a number of fascinating characters, including Franklin's extraordinary wife, Lady Jane, in vivid detail. The Man Who Ate His Boots is a rich and engaging work of narrative history that captures the glory and the folly of this ultimately tragic enterprise. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

15h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:43


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:44


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:12


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:59


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:47


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:35


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:20


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:07


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:28


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:15


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:39


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:23


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:39


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:29


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:23


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:10


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:18


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:15


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:45


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:03


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:14


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:00


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:50


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

09:07


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

09:37


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:40


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:15


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:43


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:15


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

09:37


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:44


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:59


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:40


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:58


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

09:28


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:11


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

09:17


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:38


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:10


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:27