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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: 9.2 x 6.2 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I may be biased in loving this book as I have traveled to the Antarctic, and so I could relive the imagery of this magnificent and fascinating continent.

The men who ventured to this unknown world at the start of the 20th century were simply awe inspiring in their physical and mental aptitude.

Peter Fitzsimons re-tells a great story. I couldn't put it down even though I knew what the ending was from history.
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An excellent informative narration,positioning Mawson in time alongside Shackleton, Amundsen and Scott.
Brought the 4 of them and their lives in an absorbing parralel time narrative.
worth the detailed read
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I'm glad the initial reviews on this book have been removed as they were about the cost of the Kindle version and nothing about the book itself. To the knockers of this book - get over the fact that this book is written in a style that makes it easier for the general public to read.

This is a great book that intertwines 4 adventures into one great story. What the human spirit is capable of never ceases to amaze me and this book captures that so well.

From a kiwi to an Aussie - thank you Peter for this story and also for a lot of the other stories you have written. Keep it up
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If you are interested in Australian history, then this is a must read. These men were incredibly resilient, driven and focused. The comaraderie between the four main explorers was fascinating as was the different approaches, with respect to the emphasis on either horses or dogs to convey them over the ice fields. Patience was integral along with with simple values and a 'never say die' attitude. Their capacity to improvise in any situation was compelling and their acceptance of fate was admirable. This is an easy to read account of a fascinating period of Antarctic exploration and inspiring to all who empathise with the harsh conditions. Brilliant.
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By R.K. Muchbut on September 10, 2015
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Fitzsimons has a unique storytelling style that happens to agree with me. I would liken it to watching a Guy Richie film: it seems to run in fast forward motion, while still preserving a sense of intimacy. We learn something of daily life over the long winters in Antarctica as well as getting a gripping narrative of the struggle to survive of several of these explorers when missions go awry. I was unfamiliar with this history and found this book to be a great, and highly engaging, introduction.
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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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