Older boys and men with a love of the sea and exploration should eat this up. Putnam tells the story of the life of Captain Bob Bartlett, North Pole explorer, great admirer of Peary, and a colorful old sea character. There's a little about his Newfoundland background, but most of the book is concerned with his trips to the North, with Peary and alone. Putnam uses numerous excerpts from Bartlett's own Logs with nice effect. And the whole is anecdotal and rugged by the very nature of its adventures. One would suspect that the laudatory picture of Bartlett may be a little larger and finer than life, due to Putnam's great personal admiration, but the data seems documented and it makes good reading for adventure lovers.