Across the barren ice field of the Arctic Ocean, two men strode 700 miles towards Siberia on a near-impossible rescue mission to save those they’d left behind—crew of the Karluk who’d been stranded after pack ice crushed and sank their ship. One of the men walking for help in 1913 was the legendary Robert Bartlett, captain of the Karluk, who four years earlier navigated the Arctic for Robert Peary’s disputed achievement at reaching the North Pole.
He made over 50 voyages to the Arctic and was only at peace in the ice fields. Bartlett’s heroics are so celebrated that the man himself has been obscured by mythology and myth-making.
Based on archival research in three countries, Unchained Man is a biography of Robert Bartlett, one of the central figures in international polar exploration and Arctic history.