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Darrell Hartman
Darrell Hartman
Freelance journalist and author of "Battle of Ink and Ice: A Sensational Story of News Barons, North Pole Explorers, and the Making of Modern Media"
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Hi there.

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I like talking about the history of exploring and the news business, and not just as means of traveling back in time. The story of modern media, which originated around the end of the 19th century, has a lot to tell us about the media landscape we inhabit today. I'm interested in the feats of old-school explorers, in the serious risks they took and the irresistible stories they came back with. I also have a 21st-century fascination with how explorers described where they had been and positioned themselves as public figures. There are insights to be gleaned here about PR, politics, the effects of a shrinking world, and the very American phenomenon of modern celebrity. As an outdoor enthusiast and travel writer, I love delving into the history of outdoor sport. My book deals with Arctic explorers, but I'm also interested in the pioneering skiers, mountaineers, fly fishermen, and entrepreneurs behind the "adventure" industry, and how that industry is evolving.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

I love hearing about what resonates. I also love being introduced to new stories, ideas, and perspectives.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Darrell Hartman

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Battle of Ink and Ice

A Sensational Story of News Barons, North Pole Explorers, and the Making of Modern Media

Battle of Ink and Ice tells the true story of American explorers Frederick Cook and Robert Peary, both of whom claimed in 1909 to have discovered the North Pole. It’s also a tale of warring newspapers, because each man was backed by a rival New York City daily, the New York Herald and the New York Times. It’s a sixty-year saga of frostbite and fake news that has something to tell us about the media-saturated world we inhabit today.

“DILIGENTLY RESEARCHED AND CRAFTED…a juicy yarn about two towering egos and their race to the ends of the earth.”

— The New York Times

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