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A Biography

Antarctica by David Day
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Since the first British, American, and Russian ships sighted the Antarctic coastline in 1820, the frozen continent has captured the world's imagination. David Day's biography of Antarctica describes in fascinating detail every aspect of this vast land's history: the exploration, scientific investigation, and geopolitics of the continent, stretching over more than two centuries. Offering an international perspective, Day discusses twentieth-century battles over territory, including World War II disputes between the Allies and Nazi Germany and the multinational Cold War race to establish permanent bases on the ice. Day also provides insight into the remarkable men who have attempted to conquer the White Continent, from the doomed Englishman Robert Scott to US Navy Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, who led five expeditions to Antarctica during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Ranging from the earliest attempts to prove the southern continent's existence, through the so-called "Heroic Age" of exploration, to the frenzy of attempted territorial claims that ended in 1959 with the Antarctic Treaty-banning militarization and declaring the continent open for science, this masterful history is unsurpassed in its wide-ranging scope and depth of detail.
Oxford University Press, USA; October 2012
624 pages; ISBN 9780199323623
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Title: Antarctica
Author: David Day
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