Suggested Reading List
A History of Arctic Exploration
Author: Juha Nurminen
Description: The ancient Inuit, Vikings, Vitus Bering, whalers, explorers and James Cook are all paid tribute in this sumptuously illustrated history, drawing on the unique collections of Helsinki's Nurminen Foundation.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
Author: E.C. Pielou
Description: Our best-selling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the circumpolar north.
Across the Top of the World
Author: James P. Delgado
Description: Covering all the major expeditions in detail, and written with passion and authority, this richly illustrated history by James Delgado covers the quest for the fabled Northwest Passage, from the disaster of the Franklin Expedition, to the triumph of Roald Amundsen, all the way up to present-day research.
Arctic Crossing, A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture
Author: Jonathan Waterman
Description: A riveting account of a 2,200 mile solo journey across the Arctic from Prudhoe Bay to the Gulf of Boothia by kayak, accomplished in stages from 1997-1999.
Author: Barry Lopez
Description: A dazzling meditation on the Arctic, breathtaking in scope. Lopez draws on his travels throughout the North, including Baffin Island, the Chukchi and Bering seas, Alaska, the Yukon and Greenland, interweaving natural history, accounts of early exploration, anecdote and lore into an indelible portrait of place.
Arctic Labyrinth, The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Author: Glyn Williams
Description: Drawing on letters, archives and explorer accounts, Williams charts the full sweep of the history of discovery and the quest for the Northwest Passage.
Description: This attractive color map of all Canada (1:6,000,000) shows topographic relief, transportation routes, cities and towns.
Fatal Journey, The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson
Author: Peter Mancall
Description: Mancall's account of Hudson's last, great voyage, a quest for the elusive Northwest passage tackles the mystery of his death, set adrift by his mutinous crew in the southern reached of what is now called Hudson Bay after a winter trapped in the ice.
Frozen in Time, The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
Author: Owen Beattie, John Geiger
Description: An exhaustive examination of the evidence surrounding the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition. Beattie and Geiger, a forensic anthropologist and historian, build a credible tale of the disappearance of the expedition.
Historical Atlas of the Arctic
Author: Derek Hayes
Description: A handsome collection of 300 striking maps, most in glorious color and many presented here for the first time. Hayes provides captivating, scholarly commentary.
Author: Ian Stirling
Description: A tribute to the polar bear by a preeminent researcher, this handsome natural history features outstanding color photographs and detailed chapters on biology, distribution, behavior, study, conservation and lore.
The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife
Author: Tony Soper
Description: An essential handbook for the ship-based traveler, this compact guide to the plants, marine mammals and birds of the Circumpolar North features handsome watercolor illustrations and lively text. This new edition includes a section on the Bering Sea.
The Last Gentleman Adventurer
Author: Edward Beauclerk Maurice, Lawrence Millman (Introduction)
Description: Maurice's poignant tale of coming-of-age with the Hudson Bay Company in the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s. Posted to Pangnirtung as a remarkably unlikely 17-year-old recruit, Maurice grew into a man with the fur traders and Inuit of Baffin Island, earning the name of Issumatak (One Who Thinks).
The Last Imaginary Place
Author: Robert McGhee
Description: A curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, McGhee combines a lifetime of field work, ethnography and travel in this illuminating account of the human history of the Arctic.
The Man Who Ate His Boots
Author: Anthony Brandt
Description: The enthralling tale of the adventurers who searched in vain for the Northwest Passage, holy grail of 19th-century British exploration.
The Northwest Passage
Author: Tony Soper
Description: Soper draws on his many years exploring polar regions for this illustrated natural history, covering both exploration and wildlife with aplomb.
The Scramble for the Arctic
Author: Richard Sale
Description: Sales and co-author Eugene Potapov focus on the history of Arctic exploitation, legal status and future of the region in this compact survey.
The Voyage of the Narwhal
Author: Andrea Barrett
Description: A gripping work of historical imagination in the form of a 19th-century account of Arctic exploration. It's Barrett's evocative tale of a Philadelphia naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells who sets out on a foolhardy mission in search of the Franklin Expedition in the Canadian Arctic.
Voyages of Discovery
Author: David Boyle
Description: Splendidly illustrated in color, this compact chronicle of the Golden Age of European exploration (1492-1522) traces the voyages of Columbus, Magellan and others to Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific. Facsimile documents include ships' logs, drawings by explorers and letters home.
What We Know About Climate Change
Author: Kerry Emanuel
Description: MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate, updated for this second edition to cover the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue.
Who Owns the Arctic?, Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North
Author: Michael Byers
Description: Who actually controls the Northwest Passage? Who owns the trillions of dollars of oil and gas beneath the Arctic Ocean? A leading Arctic expert and international lawyer, Byers clearly and concisely explains the sometimes contradictory rules governing the division and protection of the Arctic in this timely little primer.