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Unchained Man: The Arctic Life and Times of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett

Unchained Man: The Arctic Life and Times of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett

Author: 
Maura Hanrahan
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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. Pre-order your copy today for delivery in February 2018.

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.

Maura Hanrahan is an acclaimed scholar and author of eleven books, including Tsunami, which tells the story of the 1929 catastrophe that killed numerous people in Newfoundland. The book received the Heritage and History Award and was short-listed for the 2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Non-fiction. Another book, Domino: The Eskimo Coast Disaster, tells the story of a devastating hurricane in Labrador in 1885. The novel, Sheilagh's Brush won an Independent Press Award and The Doryman was shortlisted for the NL History and Heritage Award.

Maura also won the Lawrence Jackson Award for Writing from the NL Arts Council and the Coast Guard (NL Region) Polaris Award for preserving maritime history and culture.

Reviews: 
For Sheilagh's Brush: "Sheilagh's Brush is a deeply moving portrait. . .and delivers a might portrait of women's lives writ large across the blue of sea and sky. I read it in great gulps." - Erica Eisdorfer, author of The Wet Nurse's Tale "A must read." - Dian Day, author of The Clock of Heaven "Maura Hanrahan, who returns to the vividness of her 2003 work, The Doryman, acts as anthropologist in this female society where men exist only on the margins." - Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, NB. *** For The Doryman: "It is a compelling tale filled with tragedy, heroism, tidal waves and August gales." - The Telegram "It offers suspenseful and moving moments." - Globe and Mail "It's an absorbing tale in which the reader lives the dangerous moments . . ." - The Catholic Register "[A] gripping read." - The Aurora "A detailed and engaging story . . ." - Newfoundland Historical Society Newsletter "[An] absorbing book . . ." - Messing About in Boats "A compelling tale . . ." - Enjoy magazine. *** For Tsunami, the Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster: "Hanrahan delivers a gripping story in a crisp, straightforward manner." - The Telegram "Hanrahan's lively and moving account dramatically recreates the lives of people who survived that fatal day." - Canadian Book Review Annual
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