Author Gerald R. Pitzl’s new book “True North: Victory in the Race to the Pole” is a fascinating memoir of the daring and dangerous Arctic expedition in 1968

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Recent release “True North: Victory in the Race to the Pole” from Page Publishing author Gerald R. Pitzl is a riveting first-person account of the first attainment of the North Pole over the Artic ice from a point of land. This is the navigator’s story of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, a critique of Commander Peary’s navigational decisions on his 1909 expedition, and an attempt at clarifying some of the unfortunate results of polar politics once the expedition was completed.

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Gerald R. Pitzl, a US Marine Corps veteran and career educator who served in both the Vietnam and Korean conflicts and retired after thirty-four years with the rank of colonel, a former professor in the Department of Geography at Macalester College, and navigator on both Plaisted Polar Expeditions of 1967 and 1968 presently living with his wife, Devi Benjamin, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has completed his new book “True North: Victory in the Race to the Pole”: a compelling true story of skill, courage, and perseverance for a team of intrepid polar explorers in the late 1960s.

The author writes, “The Plaisted Polar Expedition of 1968 was the first indisputable attainment of the North Pole over the Arctic Ocean ice surface from a point of land. The journey took forty-four days of struggle, delays, intense cold, windstorms, and the uncommon determination of dedicated expedition members to achieve the goal. Part 1 of the book covers the daily activities of the ice party as they progressed ever so slowly northward and of the support team at the base camp, working to ensure the necessary logistical tasks to keep the ice party moving. Part 2 shines a light on the navigational practices of Peary in his 1909 quest to reach the North Pole, a claim that even the National Geographic Society, his solid supporter for 111 years, now concluded he did not achieve. His navigation failed him. This became abundantly clear in the analysis.”

Published by Page Publishing, Gerald R. Pitzl’s engrossing book is a must-read for avid students of history, geography, and polar exploration.

“Our last campsite was established on April 18. Over the next thirty-six hours, I determined our position by celestial navigation to be four nautical miles from the North Pole at a latitude of eighty-nine degrees and fifty-six minutes north, and a longitude of ninety-five degrees west. On the morning of April 20, we traveled those remaining miles to the latitude of ninety degrees north. Verification of attainment came with an air force overflight at 10:30 a.m. CDT on April 20. The total number of days on the ice was forty-four.” - Gerald R. Pitzl

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “True North: Victory in the Race to the Pole” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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