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<strong>Now in paperback, the gripping and inspiring tale of a woman's survival alone in the Arctic.</strong> <p></p>In 1921, four men and one woman ventured deep into the Arctic. Two years later, only one returned. <p></p>When 23-year-old Inuit Ada Blackjack signed on as a seamstress for a top-secret Arctic expedition, her goal was simple: earn money and find a husband. But her terrifying experiences--both in the wild and back in civilization--comprise one of the most amazing untold adventures of the 20th century. Based on a wealth of unpublished materials, including Ada's never-before-seen diaries, bestselling author Jennifer Niven narrates this true story of an unheralded woman who became an unlikely hero.

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Now in paperback, the gripping and inspiring tale of a woman's survival alone in the Arctic.

In 1921, four men and one woman ventured deep into the Arctic. Two years later, only one returned.

When 23-year-old Inuit Ada Blackjack signed on as a seamstress for a top-secret Arctic expedition, her goal was simple: earn money and find a husband. But her terrifying experiences--both in the wild and back in civilization--comprise one of the most amazing untold adventures of the 20th century. Based on a wealth of unpublished materials, including Ada's never-before-seen diaries, bestselling author Jennifer Niven narrates this true story of an unheralded woman who became an unlikely hero.From the author of The Ice Master comes the remarkable true story of a young Inuit woman who survived six months alone on a desolate, uninhabited Arctic island

In September 1921, four young men and Ada Blackjack, a diminutive 25-year-old Eskimo woman, ventured deep into the Arctic in a secret attempt to colonize desolate Wrangel Island for Great Britain. Two years later, Ada Blackjack emerged as the sole survivor of this ambitious polar expedition. This young, unskilled woman--who had headed to the Arctic in search of money and a husband--conquered the seemingly unconquerable north and survived all alone after her male companions had perished.

Following her triumphant return to civilization, the international press proclaimed her the female Robinson Crusoe. But whatever stories the press turned out came from the imaginations of reporters: Ada Blackjack refused to speak to anyone about her horrific two years in the Arctic. Only on one occasion--after charges were published falsely accusing her of causing the death of one her companions--did she speak up for herself.

Jennifer Niven has created an absorbing, compelling history of this remarkable woman, taking full advantage of the wealth of first-hand resources about Ada that exist, including her never-before-seen diaries, the unpublished diaries from other primary characters, and interviews with Ada's surviving son. Ada Blackjack is more than a rugged tale of a woman battling the elements to survive in the frozen north--it is the story of a hero.

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Publisher
Hachette Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
464
Author
Jennifer Niven
Title
Ada Blackjack
ISBN-13
9780786887460
Publication Date
November, 2004
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.25 x 1.12 Inches
ISBN-10
078688746X

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This was a wonderful b...

This was a wonderful book about the ill conceived plan and woefully unprepared members of the 1921 expedition to occupy Wrangel Island in the "friendly" Arctic. Four men and one woman, an Eskimo named Ada Blackjack, set out to claim and occupy the island for Great Britain. One man, Fred Maurer, had been there previously in 1913. They took six months of supplies for a year's stay intending to rely on hunting and trapping to supplement their diet. The expected supply ship did not appear in the summer of 1922. In January of 1923, three of the men set out to go across the ice to Siberia, then on to Nome, AK to arrange for rescue. Ada remained behind with the fourth man who was showing signs of scurvy. Ada never considered herself a hero, she did what she had to to survive. The book covered not only the expedition itself, but the many correspondences between the families of the men and the organizer of the expedition. I started the book a while ago and got about 70 pages into the story and put it aside for weeks while reading other things. Yesterday I picked it up again and just read and read and read.

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Incredibly detailed an...

Incredibly detailed and just plain fascinating. The twists and turns are exactly like a novel---except, of course, that it's a true story, as it says on the cover. The manipulations of those behind the expedition and the eventual rescue of Ada are crushingly disappointing, to put it mildly---greed? Self-promotion for undeserved fame? Sad.

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This was a wonderful b...

This was a wonderful book about the ill conceived plan and woefully unprepared members of the 1921 expedition to occupy Wrangel Island in the "friendly" Arctic. Four men and one woman, an Eskimo named Ada Blackjack, set out to claim and occupy the island for Great Britain. One man, Fred Maurer, had been there previously in 1913. They took six months of supplies for a year's stay intending to rely on hunting and trapping to supplement their diet. The expected supply ship did not appear in the summer of 1922. In January of 1923, three of the men set out to go across the ice to Siberia, then on to Nome, AK to arrange for rescue. Ada remained behind with the fourth man who was showing signs of scurvy. Ada never considered herself a hero, she did what she had to to survive. The book covered not only the expedition itself, but the many correspondences between the families of the men and the organizer of the expedition. I started the book a while ago and got about 70 pages into the story and put it aside for weeks while reading other things. Yesterday I picked it up again and just read and read and read.

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Jennifer Niven calls A...

Jennifer Niven calls Ada Blackjack a hero. I don't think I would go that far. She didn't save anyone's life and her heroic deeds were limited to having the courage and resourcefulness to survive her unlikely predicament physically unscathed. I say unlikely because what would a impoverished and divorced 23 year old Inuit woman (a rumored prostitute) be doing on a potentially illegal expedition in the wilds of an Arctic island with four young white men and a cat? Desperate to find a husband and to make enough money to care for her oft-ill son, Ada signs on a seamstress with explorer Vilhjamur Stefansson's mission to colonize barren Wrangel Island off the coast of Siberia. Using the theory of squatters' rights, Stafansson sent four young men and six months worth of supplies to plant the British flag on what he thought was unclaimed land. He only sent them with six months of supplies because he was sure they could survive off the land once they had exhausted their stores. What could possibly go wrong in the "friendly" Arctic? It's not a plot spoiler to say that Ada was the only human to make it out alive (and yes, the cat survives, too). But, here's where the story gets interesting. Stefansson vacillates between wanting to take all the credit for Ada's survival and pretending he's never heard of the woman. It's what happens after the rescue that becomes the bigger story. As an aside, I love the process of discovery. While Niven was researching her first book, The Ice Master she discovered Nome, Alaska native Ada Blackjack. Ada's adventure intrigued Niven enough to prompt her to dig into Blackjack's life story and ultimately, write a memoir about her expedition with four white men (and a cat) to Wrangel Island.

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One of the Best Expedi...

One of the Best Expedition books I ever read!


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