by Julian Sancton

The “exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing” (The New York Times) true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter

“Deserves a place beside Alfred Lansing’s immortal classic Endurance.”—Nathaniel Philbrick

“A riveting tale, splendidly told . . . Madhouse at the End of the Earth has it all.”—Stacy Schiff

“Julian Sancton has deftly rescued this forgotten saga from the deep freeze.”—Hampton Sides

In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of glory. His destination was the uncharted end of the earth: the icy continent of Antarctica.

Interview with the Author

History Extra
Madness & misery in Antarctica
7/17/21        51 min

The Book Club
Julian Sancton: Madhouse at the End of the Earth
5/26/21         44 min

Subject to Change
Julian Sancton on the ill fated voyage of the Belgica to the Antarctic in 1898
8/8/21        66 min

Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast
The Belgica’s Ill-Fated 1897 Expedition to the South Pole w/ Julian Sancton
5/10/21        60 min

History Unplugged Podcast
Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s 1897 Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night
5/11/21         60 min

Podcast Art for Little AtomsaLittle Atoms
709 – Julian Sancton’s Madhouse at the End of the Earth
8/23/21         30 min


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