ISLAND OF THE BLUE FOXES: DISASTER AND TRIUMPH ON BERING’S GREAT VOYAGE TO ALASKA
Written by Stephen R. Bown
Published by Douglas & McIntyre
Cartographer and explorer Vitus Bering ended his life on a barren Aleutian island while his shipwrecked crewmates fought off vicious blue foxes, the elements and scurvy. The hardships and privations of the explorers, scientists, labourers and horses sent across Russia by Peter the Great to seek a route to North America beggar the imagination. They built their own roads, ships and a new kind of social order, and made enduring discoveries, all in the teeth of monstrous winds, seas, storms, bureaucracy - and hungry little foxes.
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“A rip-roaring tale of adventures, hardship, sacrifice, human hubris and — dare I say — madness –... set in inhospitable landscapes and told with breezy energy. Wonderful.”
Andrea Wulf author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt's New World
Stephen R. Bown
is a full time writer, with a particular fascination for polar explorers, who lives in Canmore AB.