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Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen. Hardcover – April 1, 2012

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Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sun-Herald and the Sydney Morning Herald, and the author of more than 20 books, including How Hemlines Predict the Economy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 738 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741666600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741666601
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Derekh on November 24, 2011
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What a fantastic effort Peter FitzSimons has done to conquer the lives, times and adventures of the explorers in this book. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. The continuing harrowing experiences that these men were put through to realise their dreams is captured in great detail by Peter. I would recomend this book to anyone who is looking for inspiration to leap into the abys to capture their own dreams. Well done to Peter FitzSimons and all who worked to put this history capturing work together.
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By Hypatia on June 14, 2014
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The format is imaginative, juxtaposing the activities of these three explorers in time.

Narrative flow is often broken by "cute" comments that I could have lived without.

Big problem: Author says P. 223, (Amundsen readying ship to go South, while ostensibly going North:)

"...and speaking of the ship, why is the afterdeck completely weighd down with sacks of coal?"

But Huntford says Amundsen modified the engines of ship to burn OIL rather than COAL, giving him yet another advantage.

Which is it?
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An excellent book for anyone interested in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration ie just over a century ago. The author has woven together the Antarctic expeditions of Mawson, Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton during the first dozen years of the 20th Century with background of the previous explorers who had sighted or landed on the Antarctic continent and the scientific discoveries they made and the theories they were trying to prove. As a child, 60 or so years ago, I read all the classics but learnt a lot reading this well written and gripping book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam Attrill on March 4, 2012
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Couldn't put this book down. Suspence filled and gripping. Read it on my Kindle and I would like my husband to read it but not prepared to give up my kindle as I know he will not be able to put it down like me. All the Peter Fitzsimmons books are brilliant
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By johno on March 26, 2014
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What a great story. So well written you felt like you where in the antarctic with those such brave men.
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Peter Fitzsimons' amazing ability to write true history whilst making it come across as nailbiting excitement is yet again displayed in this novel.
His ability to capture the essence of the heroes is superb, his research deep and meaningful!
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This book is a credit to its author. He has imaginatively weaved three stories of three separate expeditions together. Mawson, Scott and Amunsden all explored Antarctica roughly within five years of each other. All are covered within one eminently readable volume. The book is a masterly treatment and forms a great basis to compare the strengths, foibles and weaknesses of all three. All were heros but with very differing "styles" of exploration.Mawson, in my view deserves much more credit for his efforts than history to date has accorded him. Peter Fitzsimon's book sets this imbalance aright
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By Peter BEAHAN on January 3, 2014
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Great story telling. Nice balance between human factor and techical specifics. Loved how he interweaved the 4 main story lines.
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