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The voyage of HMS Endurance is legendary in the annals of polar exploration. In August 1914 the ship set sail for Antarctica, where she became trapped in the pack ice and eventually sank. The last of her stranded men were not rescued until August 30, 1916. Originally published in 1931, this tale by F.A. Worsley, captain of the Endurance, captures all the tension of the doomed expedition. Written in the first person, Worsley's prose makes you feel as if you were struggling alongside him as he watches two icebergs plowing their way through the pack ice toward their camp; desperately slides down an icy mountainside in pitch darkness, traveling some 3,000 feet in less than three minutes; and wrestles with the admiralty bureaucracy when trying to rescue the remainder of the crew. His relief is palpable when, after a series of setbacks, triumphs, and narrowly avoided disasters, all hands survive the two arduous years.
While this book is filled with adventures, its real strength is the highly affectionate portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton, leader of the expedition to cross Antarctica, by his "good old Skipper." In Worsley's words, Shackleton "did the most dangerous things but did them in the safest way"--and his leadership and careful planning saved the lives of his men. Patrick O'Brian, author of the popular Aubrey-Maturin saga of the 19th-century English navy, has written a new introduction for this edition. Worsley's tale of survival against all odds will thrill sea dogs and landlubbers alike. --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We were both transfixed, so much so that I went out and got Shackleton's book next, to read his account.
The way Shackleton manages to motivate his crew in an unimaginably hostile environment is an example of true, effective leadership.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes adventure or exploration reading.
I believe this is the account of Shackleton traveling to the pole, and getting stranded. Very gripping story. I would like to read it again.Published 1 month ago by Ann M. Mccarthy
This and T.E. Lawrence in the desert with the Arabs 1916 show how human beings survive the cruelest conditions of environment, lack of food, water, shelter, maps.Published 5 months ago by lawtzg
this is a classic, all students of geography and world history should read this story, it is absolutely great. Read morePublished 8 months ago by former teacher
Written in the early 40s, by the navigator of the Endurance, this account of the Shackleton expedition to the South Pole is one of the best out there. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brad Smith
The hardships the crew of the Endurance endured is depicted in great detail. The fact that much of the writing came from diaries of the crew make it more facinating. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Reesenut
I love this story, but this particular story is all about how Great, great, great Shackleton is in the eyes of one man, and let me tell you, he will tell you over and over and over... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brian Wacker
Fast delivery. This is an excellent book about an historic voyage. Shackleton was a relentless wandering spirit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dr. Thomas P. Beebe Jr.
Easy read,took 3 days as I couldn't set down. Highly recommend to those who like adventure and history. Great book!Published 12 months ago by Chaseroosters
This true life adventure started at the out break of WWI Through this hard ship adventure and the spirit of human endurance to survive! Read morePublished 15 months ago by halvor162