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In 2014 media around the world buzzed with news that an archaeological team from Parks Canada had located and identied the wreck of hms Erebus the agship of Sir John Franklins lost expedition to nd the Northwest Passage. Finding Franklin outlines the larger story and the cast of detectives from every walk of life that led to the discovery solving one of the Arctics greatest mysteries. In compelling prose Russell Potter details his decades of work alongside key gures in the era of modern searches and elucidates how shared research and ideas have led to a fuller under- standing of the Franklin crews nal months. Illustrated with images and maps from the last two centuries Finding Franklin recounts the more than fty searches for traces of his ships and crew and the dedicated often obsessive men and women who embarked on them. Potter discusses the crucial role that Inuit oral accounts often cited but rarely understood played in all of these searches and continue to play to this day and offers historical and cultural context to the contemporary debates over the signicance of Franklins achievement. While examination of hms Erebus will un- doubtedly reveal further details of this mystery Finding Franklin assembles the stories behind the myth and illuminates what is ultimately a remark- able decades-long discovery. Russell A. Potter is professor of English at Rhode Island College and the author of Arctic Spectacles The Frozen North in Visual Culture 18181875. Finding Franklin is a compelling book. Potter is one of the most respected Franklin scholars in the world and this volume shows us why. He has an intimate familiarity with the vast material on the search and understands better than anyone else its place within the cultural imagination. Michael F. Robinson University of Hartford 1 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 C A N A D I A N H I S T O R Y E X P L O R AT I O N Finding Franklin The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search russell a. potter The full story of those who have searched for Franklin since his expedition disappeared. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S September 2016 978-0-7735-4784-1 39.95T CDN 34.95T US 26.99 cloth 6.5 x 9.5 280pp 26 photos 7 maps Ebook available