“Polar, Barely.” TLS review of The Greatest Show in the Arctic

baldwin-at-cape-tegetthoff-1898“Going beyond the single viewpoint of expedition commanders, a succession of engagingly written and sometimes brilliantly researched volumes has ­produced new and detailed accounts of one expedition after another, enriching the official published and archival resources with newsprint, memorabilia and the letters and diaries of participants preserved by their descendants.  Peter Capelotti is one such exploration historian, who in 2013 published Shipwreck at Cape Flora, a fine account of the five voyages of the British amateur yachtsman Benjamin Leigh Smith to Svalbard and Franz Josef Land in the 1870s and 80s. Now he has written an even more impressive portrayal…

The Times Literary Supplement, 27 January 2017

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