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The Ice Balloon by Alec Wilkinson.. Some say the world will end in fire, some say that flying a balloon over a frozen pole is insane. But it makes for great reading. Just dress warmly, because you will get the shivers.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Alec Wilkinson’s writing is so flawless and engaging that I’d read him on a packed subway at rush hour."

Sebastian Junger

"Beautifully focused and controlled, Wilkinson, ever elegant and thorough, fleshes out his account by delineating the previous expeditions of Greely and Nansen in order to get at the motivations in the minds of this ‘parade of fanatics heading for the deep places’."

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Author bio: Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980. Before that he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that he was a rock-and-roll musician. He has published nine other books—two memoirs, two collections of essays, three biographical portraits, and two pieces of reporting—most of which first appeared in The New Yorker. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives with his wife and son in New York City. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (256 pp. Vertigo-go: Kindle/Print editions)

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