Antarctica by David Day

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Quick synopsis: The story of Antarctica from the 1770s to today.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Antarctica is a desert. It hasn’t rained there in 2 million years. Go ahead, check my work.

Fun Fact for History Nerds: Antarctica has no time zone.

My Take: Ice, baby! Antarctica has a ton of it and Day wants to tell you all about it.

Day takes you through the entire history of Antarctica from when humanity only thought it existed, to when we knew it existed, to when we tried to figure out what to do with it.

The reasons people thought it existed way back in the day are hilarious. They actually thought it had to be there to “balance” out the Earth. Isn’t that ridiculous? It would be like thinking the Earth is flat.

My favorite parts of the book are clearly the exploration times. Antarctica, like the Arctic, killed a lot of people who were trying to tame it. We still haven’t.

The last portion gets into the politics of how the world decided Antarctica belonged to no one. Admittedly, the book drags a bit here. It doesn’t have the same energy as people trying to find the South Pole.

Verdict: This book is not for everyone but for dorks like me it was wonderful.

If You Liked This Try:

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  • Bruce B. Henderson, Fatal North
  • Jennifer Niven, The Ice Master
  • Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice
  • Stephen R. Brown, Island of the Blue Foxes
  • David Welky, A Wretched and Precarious Situation
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