The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Anthony Brandt
The Man Who Ate His Boots:The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Pas

My husband and I listened to this audio book on a long car trip this summer-it was enough history for him and enough story for me so we were able to agree and listen to it. It is the story of the British Navy's search for the Northwest Passage from 1818-1880. So little was known at the time about the Arctic and these explorers like Franklin and Parry were setting out to vast new territories under very hard conditions. It surprised me that they would have a failed mission with deaths due to extreme cold, ice, fog, lack of food and they would sign up to go again! At one point Franklin and his men were starving and literally ate the leather from their boots to survive-thus the title and Franklin's nickname. The Northwest Passage was not open until 2007 when, due to global warming, there was enough ice melt to allow ships to go through. We enjoyed listening to the book but often wished we had the maps available in the printed version to refer to while listening.  Check our catalog for the audio book or the print book.

Jan K., Youth Services


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