Like any true polar adventurer, Bruno saw penguins as a kind of leitmotif
August 23, 2019 11:08 AM Subscribe
"Zehnder has been walking across the hard-packed snow for about 40 minutes, each step a small negotiation requiring delicacy, concentration, and luck—one can never tell when a hidden crevasse will snap your ankle or swallow you altogether....Forty-two hours later, when the Russians found him frozen to death nowhere near the penguins, the legend of Bruno was born. Never famous while he was alive, in death he became the latest in a long line of outsize polar adventurers whose obsession with the ends of the earth cost them their lives." The author investigates Zehnder’s secretive, playboy life in New York City; rumors of C.I.A. or K.G.B. ties; and the questions surrounding his icy grave.
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