From Pole to Pole

N. Mikhailov – From Pole to Pole Nikolai Mikhailov was a prolific author of popular geography books in the Soviet Union, I have four or five different titles of his.  This one is about a journey by boat from the Arctic to Antarctica.  Published in 1960.  Photographs by Mikhailov as well.  And translated by Robert […]

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Conquest of the Arctic

Otto Schmidt – Conquest of the Arctic A little book by one of the best loved Stalin-era celebrities.  Academician Schmidt was a scientist and polar explorer, but mostly he was the ‘scientific’ star in Stalin’s firmament.  Stood on the mausoleum with the rest of them, but miraculously survived until 1956.  And never grew a moustache, […]

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Across the North Pole to America

M. Gromov – Across the North Pole to America As he flew over my part of the world (Vancouver): “The Canadian tundra appeared.  The sky cleared.  Unknown land stretched beneath us: numberless lakes of varying size and shape, bogs, rivers, and scrub, gradually passing into forest.  This monotonous landscape stretched as far as the Rocky […]

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