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- ASIN: B0032IFBY2
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (Paperback) Unknown Binding – 1999
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I don't have any experience even comparable to what these men went through, the closest I've ever come is rowing down the coast of Maine in the summer in a 30 foot pulling boat, and I'll tell you, this guy gets every detail.
Anyway, an absolutely incredible look at human endurance, at what a person will go through if he must. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
One note...make sure the version you buy or get at the library has expedition photographer Hurley's photographs in it. Some paperback editions don't, and you're really missing part of the experience without them.
At the time of launching, Shakleton's expedition was history's most extensively planned exploratory trip to Antarctic, complete with a photographer, scientists, carpenters and engineers (a crew of 27 in total). Shakleton's goal was to transverse and study Antarctic. When they set off in 1914, this expedition was the pride of the United Kingdom. Shakleton was the toast of the town for his bravery and expertise. For his bravery he is still toasted, but his polar expertise proved to be lacking. The ship he guided was no match for the South Pole's crushing cold and ice. Soon after arriving, the Endurance was stuck in ice, absolutely unable to move. The crew salvaged what it could and was forced to make do with dwindling supplies and provisions, eventually eating some of their beloved dogs.Read more ›
The bare-bones of the story are that Shackleton and his team left civillisation in 1914 in the Endurance to travel to attempt to reach the South Pole - a trip he had tried and failed by only a couple of hundred miles or so to achive in 1908. Amundsen had already reached the pole first but for Shackleton it was unfinished business. The Endurance had been built to push through the pack ice, but conditions proved too much and it was trapped in pack ice. Summer wore on and there was no escape - the winds were in the wrong direction - then winter hit and they were trapped in their boat. They settled in to a routine until the ice went against them and cracked the Endurance. Shackleton realised the only way out was on their own, so they abandoned the boat and made for the pack ice at first dragging the boats, then relying a floe to carry them north where they might find more supplies, or be rescued.
In the end they had to rescue themselves and this is the story of their indomitable courage and strength to survive under incredibly harsh conditions and in grave discomfort. We are talking about camping out in antartica - in less than adequate shelter, with essentially starvation rations, no heating, barely adequate clothing.
Lansing tells this story in a sparing style and it really works.Read more ›
This is quite simply one of the most amazing stories I've ever read. Survival in the face of incredible hardship. Astonishing bravery, persistence, and resourcefulness, all in the face of unimaginable bad luck. This story should have ended in death at least five times. Instead, after 16 (or 20, depending on who you're counting for) months marooned in the antarctic circle, not a single member of Shackleton's crew was lost.
Lansing's account is creditable and more interesting than Alexander's, though her book has the better pictures. I'd suggest buying both.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love a book that demands that I keep reading. Extraordinary leader. Reading on an iPhone allowed me to keep a map at the ready. I cried at the end. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Karen Koch
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading a story of realistic survival. If you enjoy reading real accounts of surviving elements that no man should be able to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is amazing and the story is incredible. Couldn't put it down once I started reading.Published 6 days ago by Sazzle
Truly heroic and inspiring. You can't read this book without greatly admiring Shackleton and his crew.Published 7 days ago by History Buff
I couldnt stop reading this book. It may be the best adventure nonfiction book I have ever read. the true story is incredible and book is very well written. Read morePublished 10 days ago by mvmcali
I am amazed at how much the human body can withstand when it has too. You have to read this book. It is one of the best I have ever read.Published 10 days ago by robert