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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for anyone planning an Antarctic trip August 29, 2013
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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Courageous adventure!! Not for the faint-hearted... August 4, 2014
By Dani
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This is a wonderful account of the hardships endured during this endeavor. The writing is clear cut without elaboration or speculation. It is raw in its writing and the events that occurred. If you're interested in a story like White Fang, don't read this. If you're interested in the human spirit of adventure and what it takes mentally, physically, and emotionally to stay alive without any outside help or communication, then read this! Shackleton made decisions to keep people alive, and it wasn't a majority vote. The men knew and ultimately trusted his experience and judgement in spite of all the difficulties and isolation on ice flows. Can today's youth comprehend what it must have been like NOT to communicate beyond face to face for months? Also these men's loved ones had no idea whether they were alive or dead or where in the Antarctic they might be or if they made it that far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read. August 31, 2014
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A very good accounting of Shackleton's failed expedition, from his own hand.
It focuses greatly upon the day-to-day life aboard ship and the interactions amongst the crew. It is written very matter-of-factly, and Shackleton makes no excuses for his decisions while still readily pointing out where better preparations could have been made.
All in all, I found the account very interesting and worthwhile.
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More like a journal but fascinating to have insight into the extreme risky nature of such expeditions and the hardships endured
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries I've ever read.
Excellent read. Couldn't put it down!
Published 4 days ago by Darrel Morisse
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great first hand account by Shackleton of the experiences and fate of his expedition. His style and descriptions were wonderful and you slowly realized what a great leader he was... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Doug Lantagne
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Absolutely riveting. A true story of exploration and heroism that serves as an inspiration to all.
Published 11 days ago by EuroDonkey
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Published 16 days ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars This must be one of the best adventure stories of all time
This must be one of the best adventure stories of all time, and the leadership qualities shown by Shackleton are totally amazing. A "must read" for young and old alike.
Published 1 month ago by Penny P
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Story
I saw this story on PBS years back and thought I'd read the book to compare. Have to tell you both were excellent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NoPoet
4.0 out of 5 stars Heros or fools.
Much more interesting than I thought it would be. I got cold just reading of the unbelievable actions of these two bands of intrepid explorers in the most inhospitable continent on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Don Batty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing survival against all odds!
One of the truly greatest explorers of our time. I love this man's spirit and his sense of adventure.
He is a true legend!
Published 1 month ago by T. Mahmood
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Intriguing and fascinating knowing that this actually happened and that a record was so carefully kept through extremely challenging situations. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Hugo Boren
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