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The history of the Arctic is rich, filled with fascinating
and heroic stories of exploration, multicultural
interactions, and humans facing nature at its most
extreme. In Finding the Arctic, accomplished arctic
researcher Matthew Sturm collects some of the
most memorable and moving of these stories and
weaves them around his own story of a 2,500-mile
snowmobile expedition across arctic Alaska and
During that trip, Sturm and six companions followed
a circuitous route that brought them to many of
the most historic spots in the North. They stood in
the footsteps of their predecessors, experienced
the landscape and the weather, and gained an
intimate perspective on notable historical events,
all chronicled here by Sturm. Written with humor
and pathos, Finding the Arctic is a classic tale of
adventure travel. And throughout the book, Sturm,
with his thirty-eight years of experience in the North,
emerges as an excellent guide for any who wish to
understand the Arctic of today and yesterday.
Matthew Sturm is a leader in the Arctic climate
change research community and has led over
twenty-five expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.
He is the author of Apun: The Arctic Snow, also
published by the University of Alaska Press.
[Finding the Arctic] does an outstanding job of helping [readers] understand a bit of the history of the place, as well as offer insight into its current state. More importantly, it conveys a sense of why so many people have been inexorably drawn into such a forbidding land, sometimes at the cost of their own lives.
—Fairbanks Daily News Miner
The book is handsomely produced, lavishly illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs.…[a] must read.
Sturm has enthusiastically brought together a charming book that is entertaining and aesthetically pleasing to the reader. . . The book is a patchwork of contemporary stories, explorations of historical sites and events, and plain-language descriptions of fauna and geography, and it includes a beautiful collection of archival images.