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Most skillfully Alexander constructs the expedition's character through its personalities--the cast of veteran explorers, scientists, and crew--with aid from many previously unavailable journals and documents. We learn, for instance, that carpenter and shipwright Henry McNish, or "Chippy," was "neither sweet-tempered nor tolerant," and that Mrs. Chippy, his cat, was "full of character." Such firsthand descriptions, paired with 170 of Frank Hurley's intimate photographs, which are comprehensively assembled here for the first time, penetrate the hulls of the Endurance and these tough men. The account successfully reveals the seldom-seen domestic world of expedition life--the singsongs, feasts, lectures, camaraderie--so that when the hardships set in, we know these people beyond the stereotypical guise of mere explorers and long for their safety.
Alexander reveals Shackleton as an inspiring optimist, "a leader who put his men first." Throughout the grueling ordeal, Shackleton and his men show what endurance and greatness are all about. The Endurance is a most intimate portrait of an expedition and of survival. Readers will possess a newfound respect for these daring souls, know better their unthinkable toil and half-forgotten realm of glory. --Byron Ricks
If you think you have had or would enjoy a great adventure, read this book!
Caroline Alexander has done a wonderful job in telling the tale and Frank Hurley's original photographs add immediacy to the telling of it.
A book about hardship, incredible will to survive, a display of amazing survival skills and outstanding personal leadership by Shackleton.
"The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who longs to explore or who likes to read about exploration. Read morePublished 5 days ago by James Denny
The idea that the whole book is factual makes it even better. It's almost like a non-fiction novel.Published 19 days ago by Chris
The Endurance is a short, quickly-paced book about Ernest Shackleton’s failed expedition to cross the Antarctic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Berk
"The Endurance" (his ship) and Shackleton's heroic adventure to save the lives of his crew ought to be required reading for all young men. I gave this to my son. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David A. Gibson
Such a great story! The author did a fantastic job telling it. Shackleton was an amazing leader. Anyone in a management position from parent to CEO of a corporation could gain much... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christina Korson
This is probably the most incredible true adventure story I have ever read. A very readable account of how Shackleton and his crew survived over two years in the coldest place on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Retired
I'm very positive on those that overcome all odds to succeed. This is a true example of a man that won't quit.Published 6 months ago by Richard Coles
Great story that keeps the suspense of survival through the whole book even though you know the end before you start. Great human interest stories woven in entire book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James M. Conner