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In Shackleton's Footsteps: A Return To The Heart Of The Antarctic Hardcover – November 22, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076277763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762777631
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An honest, gripping and intensely personal account of one man's quest to tackle the coldest, toughest, most desolate journey on earth. Henry is a man moulded in Shackleton's image and courage and spirit oozes from these pages." Bear Grylls "Thrillingly detailed" The Guardian "In an era where most of the world is explored and adventurous journeys have become more commonplace, it still takes a certain type of person to walk the 900 miles over 66 days, in Antarctic weather conditions, to fulfil a genetic ambition" Independent "A century after the pioneering Anglo-Irish explorer was forced to turn back just 97 miles from his goal, the modern-day adventurers achieved what he could not" Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Henry Worsley is descended from Frank Worsley, the skipper on Shackleton’s ship Endurance. A lieutenant colonel in the British Army, he helped found the Shackleton Foundation, which supports those who embody the leadership style and spirit of Ernest Shackleton. 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ranger on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was dissapointed by "In Shackleton's Footsteps". While it was honorable to commemorate Shackleton's incredible and highly couragous effort of 1907-09, I hardly learned anything new and the author's own journey is forgettable at best.

For one thing, you'll have to go throught the first 100 pages or so for Worsley's march in Antarctica to actually begin. In a 288 pages book, that a lot of ink spent on preparations...

I was hoping that the book would be as entertaining as Adrian Raeside "Return to Antarctica" but it never approched the quality of Raeside tremendous work. While Raeside reveals parts of the never before printed dairies of Silas Wright and Griffith Taylor (of Scott's Terra Nova expedition), Henry Worsley "Footsteps" never treat us with Eric Marshall or Jameson Adams views of the Nimrod expedition. A lost opportunity if you ask me.

The author inter-mixed Shackleton's try on the South Pole with his own, and while Shackleton's adventure is light-years more valuable historically, he left what would be of interest for the reader. How can the author overlook Shackleton's act of incredible generosity and altruism when, starving, he offered Frank Wild his biscuit, "nothing could have bought this biscuit" wrote Wild or Eric Marshall's heroic solo march in brutal conditions.

This book is for Shackleton die hard only, but if you are don't think you'll learn anything new.
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By Carol J Blum on May 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I appreciated "toggling" between Shackleton's expedition notes and the current expedition. I got caught up in the race (against time).
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An informative book written by the leader of a 2008 Expedition to the South Pole.
However it was difficult to sympathise with this guy as he nagged the other 2 members of the group, yet seemed to be the weak link in both the physical and psychological aspects of the trip.
He also obsessed about Ernest Shackleton (whose deeds they were trying to emulate) and read from his diary every night before going to bed.
As I am going to Antarctica soon (as a Tourist of course being cossetted all the way) I learnt a lot about the current conditions there compared with the extremely primitive set-up 100 years ago.
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