Ken McGoogan





Reviews of
Race To The Polar Sea

"McGoogan frames this exciting biography in terms of the mythological concepts of the hero and the transformative quest. Highly recommended."

Starred Review Library Journal

"McGoogan’s book goes a long way towards returning Kane to his rightful position in the adventure and scientific pantheon, and through unprecedented access to the long missing first volume of Kane’s private journal from his second expedition he provides valuable insight into Kane’s motivations and concerns...Race to the Polar Sea will also appeal to a broad range of general history fans who will find Kane's explorations both polar and otherwise fascinating. This titles is first rate reading for arm chair adventures everywhere."

"McGoogan captivates readers again with his gripping tale of Elisha Kent Kane... in the annals of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, Kane's story ranks with those of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the tragic tale of Robert Falcon Scott."

Winnipeg Free Press

"In this bone-chilling book McGoogan writes in detail of the unimaginable hardships of the 1853 to 1855 polar journeys led by Kane, a largely neglected American explorer . . .  Race to the Polar Sea covers the span of Kane's action-packed thirty-seven-year life. . . . each section is engrossing and the momentum builds right up to the book's conclusion." 

The Beaver

"In Race to the Polar Sea Ken McGoogan has written a fantastic thriller. From the Prologue to the last page, you are caught up in the story. What is really amazing is that Kane's manuscripts were lost for 150 years. A friend of the author, who owns an antiquarian bookstore, acquired Kane's collection from the descendants of his brother. A book not to be missed. Highly recommended.


"This account is quite extraordinary. McGoogan leaves no doubt that, by any measure, Kane was one of the greatest 19th century Arctic explorers."

Fairbanks Daily News Miner