"True North" / The Race to the North Pole

I just finished reading "True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole" by Bruce Henderson (2006). 

It was a fascinating account of the first successful expeditions to the North Pole. Two American explorers - Frederick Cook and Robert Peary - reached the Pole separately within a year of each other (1908 and 1909). This lead to a long and bitter public feud over who could rightfully claim the "discovery" as their own. Henderson's book is equal parts history, wilderness adventure story, and cautionary tale about the perils of single-minded obsession. I especially enjoyed the discussion of Inuit culture and their techniques for surviving in such an unforgiving climate. Selfishly, I'd also like to believe that Cook's successes were, in part, due to his innovative advances in tent, sled and stove design.

My verdict: It's a good book and a riveting chapter of history. Highly recommended.