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About the storied Ice

The Antarctic Peninsula region, the subject area of Joan N. Boothe’s critically acclaimed The Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery, and Adventure, in Antarctica’s Peninsula Region, is not only a place of staggering scenic beauty and amazing wildlife but also a locale with a long and fascinating human history.

The Storied Ice recounts mankind’s dramatic explorations and adventures in the Peninsula Region, from Magellan through the first years of the 21st century, including, of course, Shackleton’s amazing Endurance expedition epic.

The Storied Ice vividly retells this story but adds to it many other less familiar, fascinating adventures — tales of early explorers, sealers, whalers, Antarctic Heroic Age expeditions, pioneer aviators and scientists. . . . Boothe weaves all these together into a coherent whole, placing the individually exciting tales in a historical context that breathes new life into even the best known of them.

Boothe’s writing style has produced a book that reviewers have called “riveting.” She infuses her narrative with abundant quotes from the explorers’ own accounts and enriches the historical account with fascinating nuggets — a beauty contest, pet penguins, seals, a pig and a kangaroo, a bagpipe concert for penguins, an omnivorous pony, Wyatt Earp’s personal cartridge belt and many more.

Abundant maps and photos illustrate the text and a detailed Antarctic timeline places the story of the Peninsula Region into the context of all of Antarctic history.

Selected Reviews

“. . . expertly rendered history of Antarctic’s most-visited region. . . . tells the (explorers’) stories with such authority, readers forget (the author) was not part of their expeditions (as she) captures their motives, struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs. . . (This book is) a most rewarding journey.”  
—Kirkus Reviews, which awarded The Storied Ice a Kirkus Star as a book “of remarkable merit.”


“. . . a skillfully synthesized, eminently readable, and impressively encyclopedic book. . . . Boothe has a keen eye for lyrical Antarctic moments.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred review


“. . . a comprehensive human history of the Antarctic Peninsula . . . that is erudite and exceedingly well researched, yet thoroughly approachable and fun to read. Like a dessert we all dream of, this book is rich and satisfying though surprisingly airy and digestible.”
—The Explorers Journal

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Available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book from all major on-line booksellers, on special order from local bookstores, and from the publisher, Regent Press (www.regentpress.net).