By David Steinberg
Santa Fe historian Hampton Sides discusses his new book "In the Kingdom of Ice, The Grand and Terrible Voyage of the USS Jeannette" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW.
It is a thrilling story of a polar voyage that ended horribly. Some of the crew were lost. Some died of starvation. A handful were rescued by Siberian native people and lived to tell   the world about what their harrowing adventure.
The ship left San Francisco in July 1879 in search of the North Pole. The country, and some European nations, were in the throes of a media-driven "Arctic Fever."
The Jeannette soon became trapped in ice. The hull was breached within two years. The crew abandoned ship within an hour of it sinking.
They were maroon about a thousand miles north of Siberia.
It is a story of courage, comradeship and sacrifice.
Sides is also the author of "Blood and Thunder," about Kit Carson and the conquest of the American West; of "Hellhound on His Trail," about James Earl Ray's stalking of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; and of "Ghost Soldiers," considered one of the most dangerous rescue missions of American soldiers during World War II.