Island of the Blue Foxes by Stephen R. Bown audiobook

Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition

By Stephen R. Bown
Read by Steven Crossley

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The story of the world's largest, longest, and best financed scientific expedition of all time, triumphantly successful, gruesomely tragic, and never before fully told. The immense eighteenth-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition, from St. Petersburg across Siberia to the coast of North America, involved over 3,000 people and cost Peter the Great over one-sixth of his empire's annual revenue. Until now recorded only in academic works, this ten-year venture, led by the legendary Danish captain Vitus Bering and including scientists, artists, mariners, soldiers, and laborers, discovered Alaska, opened the Pacific fur trade, and led to fame, shipwreck, and "one of the most tragic and ghastly trials of suffering in the annals of maritime and arctic history."

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Shortlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize

The story of the world's largest, longest, and best financed scientific expedition of all time, triumphantly successful, gruesomely tragic, and never before fully told.

The immense eighteenth-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition, from St. Petersburg across Siberia to the coast of North America, involved over 3,000 people and cost Peter the Great over one-sixth of his empire's annual revenue. Until now recorded only in academic works, this ten-year venture, led by the legendary Danish captain Vitus Bering and including scientists, artists, mariners, soldiers, and laborers, discovered Alaska, opened the Pacific fur trade, and led to fame, shipwreck, and "one of the most tragic and ghastly trials of suffering in the annals of maritime and arctic history."

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Editorial Reviews

“A gripping account of ‘the most extensive scientific expedition in history,’ whose impressive results were certainly matched by its duration and miseries.’" Kirkus Reviews
"[An] excellent work of historical reconstruction that will enamor fans of the Age of Exploration.” Booklist
“Well-written, fast-paced.” Portland Book Review
“Details the highs and lows of one of the greatest expeditions in world history and one which has been largely forgotten by mainstream humanity.” New York Journal of Books
"[A] little-known, white-knuckle tale of ambition, ingenuity, and the raw fight for survival…An amazing story, both in its intimate details of day-to-day adventure and survival and its large-scale political and scientific implications.” Calgary Herald

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Author Bio: Stephen R. Bown

Author Bio: Stephen R. Bown

Stephen R. Bown has written ten books on the history of exploration, science, and ideas—including books on the medical mystery of scurvy, the Treaty of Tordesillas, the lives of Captain George Vancouver, and of Roald Amundsen and a doomed Russian sea voyage. His books have been published in multiple English-speaking territories, translated into nine languages, and shortlisted for many awards. He has won the BC Book Prize, the Alberta Book Award, the William Mills Prize for Polar Books. His book Island of Blue Foxes, about Vitus Bering’s voyage to Alaska, was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. Born in Ottawa, he now lives near Banff in the Canadian Rockies.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English