Feb 03, 2012 02:32 PM EDT
The Ice Ballooon
by Dawn Raffel, Reader's Digest Editor at Large, Books
An arctic expedition in 1897 was a daunting enough endeavor—but in a hydrogen balloon? The true story of the Swedish explorer S.A. Andree is as suspenseful as a thriller—and a fascinating look at the ambition and spirit of exploration that marked a long-ago time, when so much more about our beautiful planet was unknown.