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The North Pole is as much a place of the mind as a place on the map.

A recent book about the top of the planet explores the myriad ways the Pole has been envisioned and employed for centuries.


"How humanity — well, primarily European humanity — has grappled with the notion of a place on the planet beyond time and measure is the theme Bravo takes up in this fascinating and almost magical book. Drawing on history, mythology, science, spiritualism, and an abundance of historic illustrations and maps, he approaches the Pole from multiple directions, discovering new meanings and opening new possibilities with each northward advance."

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