A bear for the ages: A brief cultural history of the polarizing polar bear

“Fight with Polar Bears” is an 1839 painting by Francois-Auguste Biard. It appears in the book “Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon” by Michael Engelhard. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
"Fight with Polar Bears" is an 1839 painting by Francois-Auguste Biard. It appears in the book "Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon" by Michael Engelhard. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A new book titled “Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon,” explores the history and myths of polar bears, and features more than 160 illustrations.