The #1 New York Times bestselling author reveals "the chilling story" of disaster and suspected murder on the19th century Polaris expedition (Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter)
Sponsored by the United States government, the Polaris expedition of 1871 was intended to be the first to reach the North Pole. By its end, the ship was sunk, Captain Charles Hall was dead under suspicious circumstances, and thirty-three men, women, and children were struggling to survive while stranded on the polar ice for six months.
News of the disastrous expedition and accusations of murder lead to a national scandal, an official investigation, and a government cover-up. The true cause of the captain's death remained unknown for nearly 100 years, until Charles Hall's grave was found by a search party and opened.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Bruce Henderson combines the transcripts of the U.S. Navy's original inquest, the personal papers of Captain Hall, as well as his autopsy and forensic reports relating to his death, the ship's log, and personal journals of the crew to tell the complete story of this mysterious tragedy.
"Rewardingly suspenseful…Rousing sea adventure." -Seattle Weekly
"A factual historical mystery written by a gifted storyteller." -Library Journal
"The story is nothing short of incredible." -Baton Rouge Advocate
Bruce Henderson is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books, which have been published in a dozen countries. His #1 New YorkTimes bestseller And the Sea Will Tell was made into a television miniseries. Among his other books are Sons and Soldiers: The Unknown Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler; Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War; and Trace Evidence: The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer.
A former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, private investigator, and field producer for television news, Henderson has taught reporting and writing courses at Stanford University and USC School of Journalism. He lives outside San Francisco, California.