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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (January 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142437794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142437797
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Best read in the course of a single stormy night... you will be gripped." -- The New Yorker

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Written by the explorer himself, this book is definitely recommended reading.
Roger Weston
My version of this book does not contain any photographs, however other books about this same expedition contains photos that are remarkable and in excellent focus.
Tom Brody
The story of Ernest Shackleton and his crew's incredible survival is exciting and inspiring, drawing from the personal journals of Shackleton and his men.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Susan Paxton on June 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although there have been a number of new books and reprints recently focusing on the Endurance expedition, this is the one book everyone should read, Sir Ernest Shackleton's own story of the tragedy he turned into a triumph. Shackleton fully covers the expedition from its inception, through the loss of the Endurance, the stranding of the men on desolate Elephant Island, the majestic small-boat journey in search of rescue to South Georgia, the many attempts to evacuate the men from Elephant Island, and the little-known story of the Ross Sea Party of the expedition, who established a base on the opposite side of the Antarctic continent to lay depots for the planned Antarctic crossing and in spite of horrible deprivation caused when their ship was swept out to sea in a storm, managed to complete all their work laying the groundwork for a trip that never happened. After rescuing his men on Elephant Island, Shackleton had to rescue this party as well, something pretty much ignored in most modern books about the expedition. Very much worth reading; also read "Heart of the Antarctic," Shackleton's book about his earlier expedition.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Meier on July 18, 1999
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This is the most astounding tale of survival I can recall. They weren't stranded in the Antarctic for days or weeks, or even months, but years. I'd only say that it is impossible for a reader to fully comprehend the degree of misery and privation these men endured. How do you fully describe the experience of living for 22 months in a single set of clothes, on ice, in rotting reindeer hide sleeping bags? If you liked Jon Krakauer's book, you will love this. I read this account, as well as the version by Caroline Alexander, and would recommend this version. Although this version had some photographs, Alexander's version had more extensive photographs.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Percy on September 3, 2000
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What is even more interesting than the astonishing day to day labor of mere survival in hostile elements, is the way in which these men kept up their morale, how they faced those chanllenges. Fascinating reading, every page describes hardships you can't imagine not being fatal, and yet it's written in humble and straightforward narrative. At one point when clearly they were near death from starvation, thirst, cold and exhaustion, and floundering through unmarked wilderness a last bid to reach civilization or die, he remarks merely, "We were very tired". Interestingly, at one point when he and three others are crossing a mountain pass in jeopardy of their lives on a 3 day trek trying to find a camp, each of them had the lingering feeling that there was a fourth person with them, but they only realized this when they compared notes after they reached safety. Again Shackleton refuses to sentimentalize the moment, even though he clearly believes God was literally guiding them, saying only that thanks must be given to the appropriate parties. This is dry English manliness of the type you rarely see except in parody anymore. What speaks best of these explorers qualities is that immediately after returning to civilization, after months of being in literal despair for their lives in unimaginable hardship, they rushed to enlist in the war. You'd think they would feel themselves entitled never to rise from a featherbed again. You would at least expect that their struggle for life in the rawest elements would have given them an aloof distance from mere human conflicts, or made them reluctant to kill other men. This book definitely has what The Perfect Storm lacked in excellent, tight, compelling narrative.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Randall Krippner on April 12, 2009
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I was fascinated with this account of shackleton's failed attempt at crossing the antarctic. It gives an accurate portrayal of hardships and danger these expeditions encountered. Often they literally faced death every day when they faced incredible snow storms, temperatures of -70 F. and near starvation. Their ship is crushed by the ice pack before the expedition even really gets underway, and from there on the story is one of just trying to survive by sailing small, open boats to find refuge on an island where there is a whaling station.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
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I always go first to the actors' account of any history I want to know about, but for many years, I could not find anything from Shackleton himself. This is the best read, he really conveys the atmosphere of his incredible trip. The editorial work is poor though: only a very general map of the Antarctic is provided without any trace of the expedition's path and no mention of many important places. Get a good map elsewhere before reading this book.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1999
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Fascinating and exciting book. Shackelton writes in the most British of style -- he describes an ice floe splitting beneath his tent in the same plain delivery as the description of a depth sounding. The book is overflowing with the most amazing of events, placing Shackelton's crew in an adventure every bit as great as Lewis and Clark's expedition (read the Ambrose book "Undaunted Courage" if you like this one).
This is a fine edition, as it includes approx. eighty photographs of the expedition. From the outset of the voyage to the harrowing crossing of St. George Island, this guy would put today's extreme adventure-seekers to shame.
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