Island of the Blue Foxes by Stephen R. Brown

Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World’s Greatest Scientific Expedition by Stephen R. Brown is an overdue look at one of history’s unheralded explorers – Vitus Bering.

The Bering Straits are named after Bering because he organized and led two expeditions to eastern Siberia – one of which also explored some of the waters and land in Alaska.

Brown brings a balanced account of the man who helped open up eastern Siberia to Russian development. His expeditions brought new understanding of Siberia and the waters and animals off Siberia and Alaska – many new species were discovered (unfortunately, some now extinct).

Although not always strong in leadership (as Brown adroitly points out in numerous occasions), Bering’s organization and planning saved the lives of many of those on the expeditions. He meticulously planned the best route to cross Siberia (even then it was hazardous to the men in the expeditions) and cached supplies along the route.

Excellent story on how one man’s organization saved many men and opened a largely unexplored area of the world.

Island of the Blue Foxes Book Cover Island of the Blue Foxes
Stephen R. Bown
History
Da Capo Press
November 7, 2017
336

The story of the world's largest, longest, and best financed scientific expedition of all time, triumphantly successful, gruesomely tragic, and never before fully toldĀ 

The immense 18th-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition, from St. Petersburg across Siberia to the coast of North America, involved over 3,000 people and cost Peter the Great over one-sixth of his empire's annual revenue. Until now recorded only in academic works, this 10-year venture, led by the legendary Danish captain Vitus Bering and including scientists, artists, mariners, soldiers, and laborers, discovered Alaska, opened the Pacific fur trade, and led to fame, shipwreck, and "one of the most tragic and ghastly trials of suffering in the annals of maritime and arctic history."

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Jeff Grim

Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.

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