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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

Edward J. Larson

In 1909, three daring expeditions pushed human exploration to the farthest reaches of the earth's surface. In January, Douglas Mawson, as part of Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition, became the first man to reach the South Magnetic Pole. In April, Robert Peary claimed to be the first to reach the North Pole. And in the Himalayas, a team led by Italian explorer Prince Luigi Amedeo made the highest climb to date on the legendary K2, the so-called Third Pole. Author Edward J. Larson interweaves these three expeditions into one dazzling narrative history in the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea (2000) or David Grann's The Lost City of Z (2009).