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The lost Polar notebook of Dr. Frederick A. Cook

Author: Frederick Albert Cook; Robert M Bryce
Publisher: Monrovia, Maryland : Open Lead Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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On September 1, 1909, the veteran American explorer Dr. Frederick A. Cook, wired the unexpected news that on April 21, 1908, he had attained the North Pole, the greatest geographical prize left on earth. His landing at Copenhagen touched off a frenzy of adulation, ending with him heaped in honors. The drama increased when word arrived that Robert E. Peary, after 23 years of intermittent arctic expeditions, had
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Named Person: Frederick Albert Cook; Frederick Albert Cook
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Albert Cook; Robert M Bryce
ISBN: 9781493762224 1493762222
OCLC Number: 1035762558
Description: xxi, 398 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm
Responsibility: transcribed and annotated by Robert M. Bryce.

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On September 1, 1909, the veteran American explorer Dr. Frederick A. Cook, wired the unexpected news that on April 21, 1908, he had attained the North Pole, the greatest geographical prize left on earth. His landing at Copenhagen touched off a frenzy of adulation, ending with him heaped in honors. The drama increased when word arrived that Robert E. Peary, after 23 years of intermittent arctic expeditions, had reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909. A few days later Peary intimated that Cook's story should not be taken seriously and before the week was out declared that his rival had simply "handed the world a gold brick." Thus began the greatest geographical dispute of all time. "The Polar Controversy" was front page news for the better part of four months and has been argued over ever since.

In 1993 the author recovered the photographic copy of Cook's notebook, the original of which is now lost, from where it had lain unnoticed for more than 80 years. That notebook is the subject of this study. It provides the "smoking gun" that proves Cook did not reach the North Pole in 1908 in the form of a complete transcription of Cook's original diary. Its accompanying annotations clearly show why it contains convincing proof that Cook's claim was a premeditated hoax and that the verdict rendered in Copenhagen in 1909 was correct and fully justified.

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