Canadian Arctic Wreckspedition

The disastrous 1913 voyage of the Karluk

The incredible true story of the ill-fated Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 and its handful of survivors. When the Karluk became encased in ice and their leader abandoned them, the men aboard endured shipwreck, polar bear attacks, scurvy, and even murder—all at temperatures reaching seventy degrees below zero.

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Don Cruse
July 27, 2019
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I really enjoy reading history books. I really enjoy Quentin Tarantino films. This read bridges those experiences for me. Can’t wait for more material.
Jessie Perkins
November 24, 2019
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I have never found myself to be a fan of history or reading about it but with Tom's humor and writing style, he actually made it enjoyable! Keep doing what you're doing, Tom, and who knows, you may make a history nerd of me!
Steve Goslin
August 25, 2019
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This was a great read! This book read with the historical rigor of David McCullough, the historical fancy of Erik Larson and the contemporary irreverent wit of David Wong. I expected a fun time and got more—a good bit of learning along the way.
Erin Renison
August 25, 2019
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I truly enjoyed this book, as I normally do with any of Tom's books. I typically am not a non-fiction reader, but the story is greatly intriguing and Tom's added "millennial humor" made it even more enjoyable. Highly recommend!

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Pretty much the Fyre Festival of arctic exploration…

In 1913, a beat-up old whaling ship called the Karluk was taking the men of the Canadian Arctic Expedition north of Alaska. They were in search of an undiscovered continent and things were going just swell, until their ship became trapped in an ice floe and their leader, Viljamur Steffanson, mushed his huskies for the mainland and left them for dead.

The Karluk drifted for months, aimlessly traveling hundreds of miles farther north. When it became clear that no rescue was coming, Captain Robert Bartlett—who became the de facto leader of the expedition after Steffanson went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came home—knew their only hope rested on his shoulders. So he and his Inuit companion Kataktovik traveled over 700 miles through Siberia to try to reach civilization.

Told in a casual tone with splashes of modern humor, HISTORY, F*CK YEAH: Canadian Arctic Wreckspedition is a true story of hilarious incompetence and spectacular triumph.

The stories are real. The dialogue... not so much.


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