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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747580936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747580935
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,059,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR 'NIMROD' 'A masterful balance of true drama and first-rate scholarship. The narrative moves with the speed of a novel, while the author's unerring eye for historical detail captures the essence of polar exploration and explorers and locates Shackleton and his men in the grand scheme of empire.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes 'Beau Riffenburgh brilliantly brings this earlier one into focus in an account so vivid that we can almost feel the freezing temperatures ourselves.' Sunday Telegraph 'Gripping and superbly researched.' Max Jones, author of 'The Last Great Quest'

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Beau Riffenburgh is an historian specialising in exploration, particularly that of the Antarctic, Arctic, and Africa. Born in California, he earned his doctorate at Cambridge University, following which he joined the staff at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where he served for 14 years as the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the highly regarded Nimrod: Ernest Shackleton and the Extraordinary Story of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition and The Myth of the Explorer. He also served as Editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronno on October 3, 2013
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I am Australian so I have a greater appreciation that his explorations laid rights to a territorial claim of land and water as extensive as the Australian continent itself. Hillary states that his exploration was the most dramatic and harrowing in history.
A fine read. Like many heroes, his later years deteriorated into squabbles about money and bragging rights, but even that was fascinating!
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