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Dr. Frederick Cook: Controversial Polar Quest

Dr. Frederick A. Cook (1865-1940) is one of the most controversial figures in polar exploration.

Some people think that he was a hero of an Antarctic Expedition, the first to climb Mount McKinley, the first to stand at the North Pole (April 21, 1908), and the victim of lies by Robert Peary, who claimed to have reached the Pole first (April 6, 1909).

Others think that Cook faked his claims to both Mount McKinley and the North Pole, and cheated Texas oil field investors - for which he actually spent five years in prison.

A controversial explorer indeed!

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