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The shameless diary of an explorer : a story of failure on Mt. McKinley

Author: Robert Dunn
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001.
Series: Modern Library exploration.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Modern Library pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In 1903, aspiring journalist Robert Dunn joined an expedition attempting the first ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. Led by explorer Frederick Cook (who would later win infamy for faking the discovery of the North Pole), the climbers failed to conquer McKinley, but they did circumnavigate the great peak-an accomplishment not repeated until 1978. The trek also spawned a book unique in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Autobiographies
Nonfiction
Named Person: Robert Dunn; Frederick Albert Cook; Frederick Albert Cook; Robert Dunn
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Dunn
ISBN: 0679783253 9780679783251
OCLC Number: 46785184
Notes: Originally published: New York : Outing Pub. Co., 1907.
Description: xxii, 214 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Modern Library exploration.
Responsibility: Robert Dunn ; introduction by Edward Hoagland.
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In 1903, aspiring journalist Robert Dunn joined an expedition attempting the first ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. Led by explorer Frederick Cook (who would later win infamy for faking the discovery of the North Pole), the climbers failed to conquer McKinley, but they did circumnavigate the great peak-an accomplishment not repeated until 1978. The trek also spawned a book unique in the literature of exploration: Dunn's frank, sardonic, no-holds-barred look at day-to-day existence on an Alaskan expedition. Before Dunn, most such accounts were sanitized and expurgated of anything unflattering. Dunn, however, a prot g of the muckraker Lincoln Steffens, endeavored to report what he saw, with panache. And what Dunn reported was a journey rife with conflict, missed opportunity, incompetence, privation, and danger. By showing men reduced to their rawest state, the young journalist produced a compelling, insightful, and oddly amusing book that disturbed and riveted his contemporaries. As Hudson Stuck-the Episcopal archdeacon of the Yukon who completed the first ascent of Mt. McKinley in 1913-observed, "[Dunn's] book has a curious undeniable power, despite its brutal frankness. ... One is thankful, however, that it is unique in the literature of travel."

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