A Negro Explorer at the North Pole, by Matthew A. Henson

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You know the feeling when you read an author and wish it was someone you could hang out with? That is how I feel about Matt Henson. An intelligent, hardworking (but doesn't brag about it), funny, easy-going guy, who also happened to be the man chosen to accompany Peary on his marking of the North Pole. A great read that neither glosses over nor dwells on, the hardships, and enlightens the reader on just what was involved in traversing the Arctic.

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adventurous challenging informative slow-paced


This was good, a description of the first expedition to the North Pole. And multiracial! So cool. Somewhat dry and factual, but interesting still (and only a smidge over 100 pgs) these guys were no flipping joke. Seriously hard-core.