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South: The Story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 Expedition [Kindle Edition]

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
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On the eve of the first World War, as Europe steeled for conflict and, incidentally, Gandhi departed for India after 20 years in South Africa, Sir Ernest Shackleton made final preparations for a 28-man expedition to Antarctica. His ship, HMS Endurance, left England in early August, and four months later, captain and crew sailed from the southern point of South America, headed at last for the desolate continent that was their destination. Within days, they hit pack ice, slowed to a crawl, and soon, with literally nowhere to go, hitched to an iceberg for the next 10 months. The trials that then followed strain credulity and have occupied several good books by different authors, but no account beats Shackleton's own. Horrible to imagine and impossible to ignore, South's shocking accounting of individual leadership and collective strength yields a priceless reminder, both of how bad things can get and just how much humans can accomplish. --Jason Kirk


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

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  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461053498
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082QC1ZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for anyone planning an Antarctic trip August 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
We are planning on a cruise to the Antarctic and South Georgia in November. As I read about South Georgia, Shackelton's book "South" came up and I ordered it for my kindle. It recounts one of the most amazing tales of Arctic/Antarctic survival ever written. Imaging your boat with 28 people being frozen in the ice pack of Antarctica and after months finally cracking up and sinking, leaving everyone on floating sheets of ice. Then navigating in 3 open life boats hundreds of miles in the worst seas in the world to the tiny Elephant island south of the Falklands. Then having 6 men in one life boat navigate almost another 1,000 miles in those same seas to another tiny island of South Georgia, but landing on the wrong side of the island. Three men then climbed over many glaciers to a whaling station. They then mounted a rescue mission for all remaining persons without a single life being lost!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating! November 1, 2013
By Ilinca
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First part much more interesting than the second, but a fascinating read nevertheless. An unexpected page-turner with great portraits of the main actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars expedition August 5, 2013
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This is a a great epic story of mans fight and wonder at nature.

Every thing was against him but onwards and onwards the expedition went.

It is a great story of the hero a mere man aginst the elements
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fun to read February 23, 2013
By tom
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enjoyed reading this "old style" writing of a great story. It was inspiring to read of the crews strength, courage and resourcefulness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like a diary February 6, 2013
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I found the information about Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition very interesting, but it is written like a diary so it is not as exciting to read as a typical book. However, it is very educational and provides insight to an place on earth that we hear very little about, even in the 21st century. I was impressed with the ability of the men on the expedition to withstand the environment for multiple years. It's hard to believe that they could separate into very small groups, sometimes leaving a single man in an area for more than a week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High adventure and a stunning story of survival April 16, 2014
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And its true. Shackleton tells the story in an almost matter of fact way. In fact you sometimes get a sense that living on a floating chunk of ice is perfectly normal. While Shacleton does not over dramatize, one fully gets a sense of the constant danger that these men were in for months. The descriptions of the conditions and the sights and sounds of the Antarctic are fantastic. Much of the story is recounted from his journals and he takes passages from the journals of others when his own personal accounts were unavailable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK read April 10, 2014
By Tim
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OK read, and it was free so you can't argue with that.

There is no doubt that these guys were tough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is ok April 8, 2014
By J.
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I started this book with my boys and we were not impressed. We had read another one written by a Shackelton stow away that was much more interesting for both me and my boys. This book has a lot of details. The story of Shackelton is a great one, this book was just too much into the small items for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Plodding Along
2 months into it and up to page 50. Nice narrative to fall asleep to. Hopefully it will pick up steam. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dusty Knees
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read but not overly exciting
This was a nice read, and left me wanting to know more about his other voyages. Only thing was, there's minimal photos and no maps or graphics to go along with it. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Lisa M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Unread
I was unable to transfer it to my Kindle. I'm not sure what, if anything I did wrong. I've not had this problem before.
Published 1 month ago by Robert H. Crewdson
4.0 out of 5 stars In Shackleton's own words
Everyone knows this story, and I am sure that this is the source for a lot of the books about the ill fated expedition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Moose C.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story well Told
Do not be put off by the first part of the book, the best is yet to come. A remarkable story of courage and resourcefulness told with modesty and understatement.
Published 1 month ago by David Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable journey of survival when men were made of iron and ships...
The only reason I didn't give this book five stares was because the photos listed in the table of contents were not in this version of the Kindle e-book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. P. Erwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting chronicle
This deserves at least one star just for the tenacity of the narrator keeping notes in these dire circumstances and three more stars for the well-written style. Read more
Published 1 month ago by word addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story
If you aren't familiar with Shackleton's expedition, or just have a bit of info, this book is a must read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Salvator Marinello
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read
Everyone should know this basic history - Shackleton's failed expedition to explore the antarctic, that includes possibly the greatest and most difficult small boat journey ever... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Thorkildsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story!
This book will appeal to anyone who has ever been in a sailboat or camped in the woods. The conditions theses men endured and survived will inspire you!
Published 1 month ago by pat
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