The Race to the White Continent: Voyages to the Antarctic

The Race to the White Continent: Voyages to the Antarctic


By (author) Alan Gurney

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 208mm x 20mm | 367g
  • Publication date: 10 July 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393323218
  • ISBN 13: 9780393323214
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,169,856

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In the 1830s, the forbidding Antarctic region represented the ultimate mystery. The prospect of discovering a lucrative whaling ground made this uncharted and untapped region especially enticing. Three expeditions to the pole were launched simultaneously by the United States, France, and Britain, each vying to be the first to venture farther south than any vessel had ever sailed before. These expeditions paved the way for the explorers, traders, and whalers of what was to become known as the "Heroic Age" of Antarctic exploration. The Race to the White Continent is a captivating account of their adventures.

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Author information

Alan Gurney is a former yacht designer and photographer living in Suffolk, England. His previous books include Compass and Race to the White Continent.