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The review from Amazon.com reviewerEven though dating from 1911, the two-volume set is a wonderful tour of the early attempts to seek the elusive Northwest --and Northeast-- Passage to the riches of the East and the paradisical Thule or Hypoborea of ancient legend.It covers from Alexander the Great (4th century BC) through the Viking expeditions of the 11th to 14th centuries. It is not exactly a brisk read: Nansen stops to examine each relevant bit of research as of the end of the 19th century and weigh the evidence. As an noted polar explorer himself, he tends to be skeptical of the ancient and medieval lore about discovering the New World. Some of his doubts go a bit too far, in my opinion, but he does lay out a methodical survey of the literature and details his disagreements, and the few points of agreement, with each author. Not exactly a few days read, the two volumes are a good reference to be sampled a few chapters at a sitting. Of course scholarship on the Arctic has moved on in the century since this book was published, but it is a comprehensive review of the evidence up to that time. When Nansen challenges some sightings or landings he finds doubtful, he always backs up his suspicions with research. His own experience in exploring the frozen north is invaluable as well.Product descriptionIf you HATE the book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words, this book is for you.We dont use OCRd book technology (Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic translation of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text) to make the kindle version but we bring to you by THE SCANNING OR PHOTOGRAPH PROCESS. So everything you see here is almost same as original version. It may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact.We hope you enjoy and are satisfied with our book. For more interesting books, please search for ‘AMA publication’.AMA PublicationImportant Notice!! Please read before you purchase.- This book was produced from scanning process so you CAN’T use some text feature such as Adjust Font Size, Search or Highlight.- Since this book does NOT support TEXT adjustment Function, we strongly do not recommend reading it with mobile phone, Android, BB or any small device.- This book does NOT support Text To Speech Function.