To the Edges of the Earth

Thu May 10
The Commonwealth Club
06:00 PM
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Edward Larson, University Professor of History and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair of Law, Pepperdine University; Author, To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, The Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration
As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration — set at the world’s frozen extremes — lay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the “Third Pole” of altitude, located in the Himalaya. Before the calendar turned, three expeditions had faced death, mutiny and the harshest conditions on the planet and had each planted their flags of triumph. America's Robert Peary and Matthew Henson, Britain’s Ernest Shackleton and Australia's Douglas Mawson and Italy’s Duke of the Abruzzi simultaneously raced their expeditions to the top, bottom, and heights of the world. Based on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ed Larson also draws upon his own voyages to the Himalaya, the Arctic and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, where he himself reached the South Pole and lived in Shackleton’s Cape Royds hut.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program MLF: Humanities Program Organizer: George HammondAlso know: Part of the Good Lit Series, underwritten by The Bernard Osher Foundation
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