類別:社會科學/歷史.北極.
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Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)
藍狐狸之島: 世界最偉大科學考察的災難與勝利
版本: 精裝352頁  2017 年 11 月 7 日  Da Capo Press出版
ISBN:978-0306825194
內容介紹

★斯蒂芬•鲍恩(Stephen R. Bown)被譽為是加拿大的溫契斯特(Simon Winchester),擅於書寫歷史人物傳記、探險加傳記。
★《藍狐狸之島: 世界最偉大科學考察的災難與勝利》(Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition )這本書是人類有史以來最大規模、浩時最久以及獲取最多贊助的科學考察,考察非常成功但是背後卻有不為人知的悲劇與故事……。

北方大探險(the Great Northern Expedition),又稱勘察卡半島第二次探險(the Second Kamchatka Expedition)是十八世紀最浩大的科學考察,路線從聖彼德堡橫跨西伯利亞到北美的海岸線,這隻探險隊共有3,000多人參與,花費彼得大帝整個帝國年收入的1/6做為探險隊的經費,直到近日學術研究才陸續揭露這場由丹麥船長白令(Vitus Bering)帶領長達十年的科學考察,參與的人員包括科學家、藝術家、航海家、軍人與勞工。這場科學考察發現了阿拉斯家開啟了太平洋的皮毛貿易,後續有些人因而榮華富貴,有些人則因船隻失事死於海難,這是海洋史與北極史最可歌可泣的歷史故事。

白令本人與28位水手病死在一個無人小島,白令海峽、白令海、白令島和白令地峽都是以他的名字命名的。

 

Vitus Bering's ship being wrecked on the Aleutian Islands in 1741. From a 19th century line engraving, hand tinted

作者介紹

斯蒂芬•鲍恩(Stephen R. Bown)是科學史、探學史知名作者,出版過的書包括《白色愛斯基摩人》(WHITE ESKIMO: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic)(博達代理)以及最後的維京人(The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen)(博達代理)等書。《白色愛斯基摩人》獲得2016年Williams Mills Award最佳北極主題非小說獎項。

Stephen R. Bown is author of The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen and White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic, which won the Williams Mills Award for the best book on the Arctic in 2016. His award-winning books, including Scurvy and Madness, Betrayal, and the Lash, have led to a reputation as "Canada's Simon Winchester."

書評

"A gripping account of 'the most extensive scientific expedition in history,' whose impressive results were certainly matched by its duration and miseries. A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster...and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
―Kirkus Reviews

"[An] excellent work of historical reconstruction that will enamor fans of the Age of Exploration."―Booklist

"Island of the Blue Foxes is a rip-roaring tale of adventures, hardship, sacrifice, human hubris and--dare I say--madness...set in inhospitable landscapes and told with breezy energy. Wonderful."―Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt's New World

"One of the most significant and harrowing expeditions in the annals of European and American exploration, the Bering voyages remain largely unknown to modern readers. Inspired by the European Enlightenment, Peter the Great and his successor Empress Anna sent Danish navigator Vitus Bering 5,000 miles eastward across Siberia, then another 3,000 miles across the Pacific to the unknown coasts of North America, decades before Captain Cook's well-known voyages. Bering left his name on a sea and a strait, and his naturalist Steller identified dozens of unknown plants and animals in the New World, but perhaps the most inspiring legacy is the remarkable forbearance and human ingenuity employed by the expedition's survivors in the face of scurvy, starvation, and shipwreck. A gifted chronicler of Northern exploration, Stephen Bown tells this incredible tale with grace, authority, and a deep grasp of its significance."
―Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire


"Bown's readable history should elevate Bering into the top tier of explorers. For fans of adventure, exploration, and discovery."
―Library Journal