Antarctica: A Biography by David Day

Antarctica was long believed to have existed, yet for centuries remained undiscovered by explorers. Even Captain Cook, who sailed further and deeper south than any of his fellow mariners, failed to find the great continent of ice. It wasn't until 1820 that the continent was discovered. Then the great race was on by the powerful French, British and American nations, intent on claiming vast tracts of the Antarctic Circle as their own.

This superbly researched and highly readable book draws upon archives from across the globe to provide what has been cited as the first large-scale history of Antarctica. The preface commences in the 1770s and ends in 2012, so it is completely up-to-date with all the latest skulduggery and politics that have dominated the Antarctic continent.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books