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Charles W. Johnson is the former Vermont state naturalist, a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the author of several popular books on natural history. He has a lifelong interest in polar regions and exploration. He lives in East Montpelier, Vermont.
"Wonderful photographs, beautifully produced. . . . [The] book is well written and, in particular, the pen pictures of Fram's crew on each expedition are excellent. The stories of life in the ice and of unexpected meetings with other explorers make clear what a different era this was - in terms of formality, hardship expected and endured and dangers that few would accept today." * Naval Review * This book is a fitting tribute to Fram and its singular contributions to early scientific and geographic discoveries of the polar regions. In its brief active life it served an illustrious string of commanders and captains, traversed the planet nearly pole-to-pole, and logged 85,000 miles without a serious mishap. No other vessel comes close it its record of achievement. The author and publisher had done its record proud. * Arctic Studies Program Newsletter *