The men -- and women -- who shared the fate of the voyage of the ""Chelyuskin"" in its attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage here bear witness to the experience, from as many sides as there are narrators. Within six miles of what seemed safety and success, a typhoon turned the ice field, and for three months the vessel was carried with the ice floes until the end came. This volume constitutes the official account; it is history in the making, science in the unfolding. But it is more than that. It is a record of human accomplishment -- of human power and weakness. There are many superb bits of descriptive and dramatic writing; there are adventures stories, and bits of human drama. Good reading -- for fireside adventure -- and superb photographic illustrations.