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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Wings of Ice
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'With the rise of aviation at the beginning of the twentieth century, daring men were finally able to explore the Earth's final frontiers - the Arctic and Antarctic wildernesses.

'Hoping to resurrect his fading career, the legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen desperately wanted to fly over the North Pole. American naval commander Richard Byrd was determined to beat Amundsen to the prize. An Australian adventurer, George Hubert Wilkins, also joined the competition, initiating a rivalry with Byrd that would last years and take them to the ends of the Earth.

'The world watched in fascination as the air race to the North Pole escalated, until in May 1926 Byrd claimed to have reached it in his Fokker Trimotor, the Josephine Ford. But did he really succeed?

'In 1928, while Amundsen was involved in the bitter dispute that would cost him his life, Byrd announced he would fly to the South Pole. Wilkins was hired by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst to beat him. The competitors unloaded their planes on opposite sides of Antarctica and prepared for the last great race in polar history.

'In a carefully researched and thrillingly written narrative, author Jeff Maynard recounts the breathtaking 'Race to the Poles', restoring the remarkable aviator and explorer Sir George Hubert Wilkins - an exceptional but forgotten Australian hero - to his rightful place as a pioneer of scientific exploration. Wings of Ice also examines Admiral Richard Byrd's much-disputed claim to have flown to the North Pole, providing the definitive solution to an intriguing eighty-year-old mystery.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Jennifer, Rebecca, Sean, Warren and Zoe. Five who make a difference.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Books , 2010 .
      Alternative title: The Mystery of the Polar Air Race : Wings of Ice
      Extent: viii, 296p., [8]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-287) and index.
      • Publication date: 1 February 2010.
      ISBN: 9781741669343 (pbk)

Works about this Work

In from the Cold, at Last Tim Bowden , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 March 2010; (p. 37)

— Review of Wings of Ice Jeff Maynard , 2010 single work biography
Fierce Rivalry in Race to Poles Robert Willson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 March 2010; (p. 14)

— Review of Wings of Ice Jeff Maynard , 2010 single work biography
Fierce Rivalry in Race to Poles Robert Willson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 March 2010; (p. 14)

— Review of Wings of Ice Jeff Maynard , 2010 single work biography
In from the Cold, at Last Tim Bowden , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 March 2010; (p. 37)

— Review of Wings of Ice Jeff Maynard , 2010 single work biography
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