"Author Stephen Bown hopes to repair Amundsen's reputation and re-introduce his achievements to readers at a time when exploration on a grand geographic scale seems like ancient history. He succeeds; his Amundsen is complicated and compelling, capable of leading men through deadly danger and telling self-deprecating stories to rapturous lecture audiences later...The New York Times published hundreds of articles chronicling his voyages, and Bown gracefully weaves together these and other journalistic records, along with journals kept by Amundsen and his men, to paint a surprisingly intimate portrait of a complex, at times difficult, yet eminently admirable man."
Denver Post, 9/30/12
"A deep, spine-chilling look at the life of Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer."
Tucson Citizen, 10/4/12
"An outstanding biography of a focused, determined man...Bown has served up a crisply written book that is exciting, meticulously researched, and an appropriate literary tribute to one of history's greatest explorers."
Bookviews blog, October 2012
"The story of a man who accomplished in two decades when other explorers of his day couldn't do in a lifetime...The world needs heroes like Amundsen, warts and all." WomanAroundTown.com,9/27/12
"Details both the good and the bad about his extraordinary man." InfoDad.com, 10/18/12