The Magnetic North

The Magnetic North

Notes From the Arctic Circle

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Baker & Taylor
Assesses the Arctic as a political and ecological barometer of change, surveying the territories belonging to different nations to mark significant transformations and how they reflect the planet's overall health.

McMillan Palgrave

A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title

More than a decade ago, Sara Wheeler traveled to Antarctica to understand a continent nearly lost to myth and lore. In the widely acclaimed, bestselling Terra Incognita, she chronicled her quest to find a hidden history buried in Antarctica’s extreme surroundings. Now, Wheeler journeys to the opposite pole to create a definitive picture of life on the fringes. In The Magnetic North, she takes full measure of the Arctic: at once the most pristine place on earth and the locus of global warming.

Inspired by the spiraling shape of a reindeer-horn bangle, she travels counterclockwise around the North Pole through the territories belonging to Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, marking the transformations of what once seemed an unchangeable landscape. As she witnesses the mounting pollution concentrated at the pole, Wheeler reckons with the illness of the whole organism of the earth.

Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, shadowing the endless Trans-Alaska Pipeline with a tough Idaho-born outdoorswoman, herding reindeer with the Lapps, and visiting the haunting, deceptively peaceful lands of the Gulag, Wheeler brings the Arctic’s many contradictions to life. The Magnetic North is an urgent, beautiful book, rich in dramatic description and vivid reporting. It is a singular, deeply personal portrait of a region growing daily in global importance.



Book News
Author of a clutch of excellent books, including ones on her travels to Chile and Antarctica, Wheeler now takes readers along for a journey through the planet's Arctic regions. In travels spread out over a two year period, the author found not a pristine wilderness, but a region plagued by the rest of the world's pollution and toxic wastes, not to mention a climate suffering from global warming and native cultures reeling from the impact of Western civilization. Despite all of this, Wheeler also found great natural beauty and numerous examples of unsung heroism and stoicism under extremely difficult conditions. Engagingly written and illustrated with numerous photographs and maps, this book is an excellent introduction to a part of the world that is becoming increasingly important. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
More Than A Decade Ago, Sara Wheeler traveled to Antarctica to understand a continent nearly lost to myth and lore. In the widely acclaimed, bestselling Terra Incognita, she chronicled her quest to find a hidden history buried in Antarctica's extreme surroundings. Now, Wheeler journeys to the opposite pole to create a definitive picture of life on the fringes. In The Magnetic North, she takes full measure of the Arctic: at once the most pristine place on earth and the locus of global warming.

Inspired by the spiraling shape of a reindeer-horn bangle, she travels counterclockwise around the North Pole through the territories belonging to Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, marking the transformations of what once seemed an unchangeable landscape. As she witnesses the mounting pollution concentrated at the pole, Wheeler reckons with the illness of the whole organism of the earth.

Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, shadowing the endless Trans-Alaska Pipeline with a tough Idaho-born outdoorswoman, herding reindeer with the Lapps, and visiting the haunting, deceptively peaceful lands of the Gulag, Wheeler brings the Arctic's many contradictions to life. The Magnetic North is an urgent, beautiful book, rich in dramatic description and vivid reporting. It is a singular, deeply personal portrait of a region growing daily in global importance.

Baker
& Taylor

Ten years after her bestselling book on the Antarctic, "Terra Incognita," Wheeler journeys to the opposite pole to take the measure of what is at once the most pristine place on Earth and the locus of global warming.
The best-selling author of Terra Incognita assesses the Arctic as a political and ecological barometer of change, surveying the territories belonging to different nations to mark significant transformations and how they reflect the planet’s overall health.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2011
ISBN: 9780374200138
0374200130
Branch Call Number: 910.911 WHE
Characteristics: 315 p

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Nov 11, 2011

Very interesting insight into the myths and realitiies of the North - from a globial perspective as the author moves from Russia westwward around the polar north back to Russia.

Well worth reading!
R

Nov. 11/11

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