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Battle of Ink and Ice by Darrell Hartman
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Jun 06, 2023 | ISBN 9780593297162

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“A first-rate title for readers fascinated by history and all who love a good dishy true story.”

“Polar controversy fuels the rise of the New York Times in this energetic debut from journalist Hartman…It’s as bracing as a blast of Arctic air”
—Publishers Weekly

“Engrossing…[Hartman] is a natural storyteller who breathes life into the most obscure details, keeping readers invested as the tale progresses.”
Kirkus *Starred Review*

“This two-tiered tale of furred explorers and ink-stained wretches is a rollicking good narrative from the Gilded Age and the early 1900s. Through immersive research, Darrell Hartman has uncovered a fascinating time capsule from a frenzied, romantic era when the grand enigma of the North Pole captivated newspaper readers around the world—and Arctic wanderers were celebrated as the knights-errant of their day.”
—Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of On Desperate Ground and In the Kingdom Ice

“The Battle of Ink and Ice
tells the absolutely gripping story of the greatest disputation in the history of exploration: the battle between Cook and Peary over the discovery of the North Pole. But what takes this story to another level is the role that two big newspapers played in the controversy, taking opposite sides. The book paints unforgettable portraits of the outrageous, incendiary and drunken James Gordon Bennett Jr., publisher of the New York Herald, versus the upstanding and capable Adolph Ochs, founder of the modern New York Times. Beautifully written and researched, this book is a perfectly splendid read—I highly, highly recommend it.”
Douglas Preston, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Lost City of the Monkey God

“It’s hard to say what milieu drew the more outlandish and deceitful characters at the turn of the twentieth century: the small, cutthroat club of polar explorers or the dog-eat-dog world of New York newspapers. That the fate of each depended so deeply on the other is the brilliant insight that provides the narrative fuel for Hartman, who thanks to his painstaking research and his lucid, fast-paced prose has pulled off one of the most engrossing split-screen dramas since Erik Larson’s DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY.”
Julian Sancton, author of Madhouse at the End of the Earth
“In his debut book, Hartman paints a rich, luminous panorama of a turn-of-the-century global drama, from the bleak pack-ice of the Arctic to the glittering capitals of Europe to the smoke-filled newsrooms of New York. A riveting juxtaposition of gilded glamor and grim struggles for survival. A talented adventure writer, Hartman shows us what happens to people (good, bad, and everything in between) when they push themselves to their personal and professional limits.”
—Steven Ujifusa, author of A Man and His Ship and Barons of the Sea

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