A fascinating, thoroughly researched work which recounts the 1909 dispute over whether Commander Peary or Doctor Cook was the first man to reach the North Pole. Both men, companions on former Arctic explorations, were in Greenland at the same time in 1908. This account deals mostly with Peary's trip to the Pole and return. Cook also claimed to have achieved the same victory earlier than the Navy man. The subsequent controversy proved both vicious and amusing. And in the author's mind, Peary wins out for all time. Not only is Cook's claim discredited, but it here is made doubtful whether he ever reached the Pole at all. Descriptions of Arctic life are especially interesting as a background.