The University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London, 1st.ed., 2006. (Ix) + 206 pp., 18 ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The author explains the rise and fall of American Arctic explorers from the era of "Arctic fever" during the latter half of the 19th century, when dozens of American adventurers sailed north in search of the sea route to Asia and to reach the North Pole. Few missions met with any measure of success, and many brave men lost their lives in this unforgiving region, but enthusiasm ran high and new explorers stepped forward to take their place. The chapters are arranged chronologically and feature such explorers as Elisha Kent Kane, Charles Hall, and Robert Peary. The author also examines why the North Pole held such a fascination for the Americans. THE RISE AND FALL OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS.