Robert Peary: liar, thief, and murderer?

Dewey Hammond reviews True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole by Bruce Henderson, in the San Francisco Chronicle:

PearyHistory has long credited Peary with discovering the North Pole, the Holy Grail of Arctic exploration, in 1909. He was truly an Arctic pioneer. He was also a power-hungry liar and thief, and likely a murderer, too. To top it off, he might not have been the first to reach the Pole and may never have succeeded at all, according to Henderson’s investigative narrative, which relies heavily on the letters, diaries and firsthand testimony of fellow explorers and native Inuit hunters.

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