Nansen: The Explorer as Hero, Paperback/Roland Huntford

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Behind the great polar explorers of the early twentieth century – Amundsen, Shackleton, Scott in the South and Peary in the North – looms the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), the mentor of them all. He was the father of modern polar exploration, the last act of territorial discovery before the leap into space began. Nansen was a prime illustration of Carlyle’s dictum that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men’. He was not merely a pioneer in the wildly diverse fiel

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