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On Thin Ice: Breakdowns, Whiteouts, and Survival on the World's Deadliest Roads Hardcover – Jun 8 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (June 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323684
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hugh Rowland is a burly, bearded, swearing man who blows methyl hydrate into his own transmission and welcomes storms as breaks from boredom. A trucker with over 30 years experience, he runs a successful excavation business in British Columbia. He has been married for 25 years to his childhood sweetheart Dianne and has 3 daughters, Karly, Chandra and Candice, and 2 grand children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir Steven on Dec 9 2013
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I like Ice Road Truckers. I realize that the show "manufactures" drama to keep the audience interested and coming back. One of the larger than life characters is Hugh "The polar bear" Rowland. On the show he's full of BS and the book is no different. It's a complete glorification of an individual who has a very large ego. Want a real book about this show, read "King Of The Road" by Alex Debogorski. That's a better read from a better man.
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By Debra Gillard on Aug. 25 2014
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good story
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Brings Back Memories - June 11 2010
By Loyd E. Eskildson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Loved the book - brought back memories of my own much more limited truck-driving experiences with whiteouts, wolves, cold temperatures, Yellowknife NWT, and below-zero temperatures. On the other hand, I've never driven a truck over lake ice, and after reading Rowland's book, have no intention of doing so. I'm CHICKEN! Also haven't done on-road repairs, 18-speeds (only 13), and driving 1,900 miles in a day. (My record is only 900.) On the other hand, I've also been fortunate enough to experience incredible scenery traveling the Alaskan and Dalton highways. Was particularly interesting to learn how they build and maintain ice roads over water. Great reading!
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On Thin Ice May 26 2011
By nbgrant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Purchased for a school library grades 7-12. Strong interest for the boys who drive, or want to drive, trucks. Comfortable reading for anyone, each chapter has exciting problems, writer is an honorable family man, a piece of history which is vanishing due to the climate warming, written after the television show produced and has some notes about the difficult filming process. You feel like you are riding along with the writer over the years he has driven the ice roads.
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General lending libraries will relish this! Oct. 18 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
ON THIN ICE: BREAKDOWNS, WHITEOUTS, AND SURVIVAL ON THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST ROADS tells of the author and his crew, who yearly brave the ice roads of the Arctic Circle with their semi trucks to deliver supplies and equipment to isolated diamond mines located there. Hugh Rowland is the star of Ice Road Truckers, a popular History show: here his book shares his story on how he began his business and how he survived many Arctic mishaps. General lending libraries will relish this!
The Ice Roads Feb. 25 2014
By Linda. Cirina - Published on Amazon.com
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OH WOW!! This book is amazing. An absolutely wonderful informative story about the ice roads in NW Canada and the Ice Road Truckers. I have to admit I did not particularly like Polar Bear on the show, but I now have a new respect and love for him. It takes very special people to do their work in cruel climates. They are real men. Also, an entirely interesting documentary could be made on the building of the ice roads. I have to mention that my primary physicians brother, who is from India, works on the new bridge crossing the MacKenzie River. I live in Maryland on the east coast of the U.S. And I do not believe that the Ice Roads will ever be forgotten. I feel like it is a part of history for the entire world. Thank you Hugh!!!
Polar Bear Express Feb. 26 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ride with the Polar Bear, Hugh Roland as he tell his story about the ice roads. Hugh tells how he grew up learning to drive trucks, cats and other equipment in Canada. He talks about the dangers of making a trail where there are no trails, breaking ground and forging through the brush to make iceroads where there are none. He talks about fights and the rough and tumble men of the diamond mines, the long hours in the sub zero tempuratures, and the dangers of riding on thin ice.