- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 2 edition (March 19, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078670621X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786706211
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2,308 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage Paperback – March 19, 1999
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Endurance was one of the best books I've ever read.
Before the expedition, Shackleton named the ship "Endurance" from his family motto, "Fortitudine vincimus" (By endurance we conquer). Very interesting is it to know the crew survived between the wreckage of their ship, Endurance, and their rescue only though tough endurance, so shows their story from this book. The author of this book, Alfred Lansing, was a journalist all his life. He has done a great job at compiling official sail records, each crew's journal, background world’s history, personal interviews, ship's manufacture features, and all the information relevant to Endurance and expedition. Through this book will you gain many new perspectives in respect to this expedition, if you already knew their story. If you didn’t know about them, while reading this book, you will feel as though you are their stowaway crew member, having survived along with them on their unexpected 17-month-long journey and be awed at how so did they
At times, I slowed down and carefully read with wrinkles between my eyes with much concern for the crew members' well-being. I was worried something horrific might come upon the crew when they run out of food, water; some fell off the boat; many had frostbite; and one had gangrene on his toes from severe frostbite. At other times, I burst out laughing loudly at funny jokes that they made each other, and positive mindset, despite their grim ordeal.
Shackleton's leadership could be a matter of interest to you. He showed countless courageous leadership decisions and sacrifices for his crew throughout the journey. Had it not been for his innate leadership, I am certain the rest of 27 men would not have seen their family ever again. On voyage, they would toast by saying "For our wives and children. May they never meet." Then did they not have a slightest inkling on how Shackleton would lead them from the grasp of death in the coming months.
As a very brief synopsis, Ernest Shackleton planned to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent on foot in 1915. With a well picked 28-man crew, he set off for the Antarctic coast aboard the steam-sailer Endurance. They never made it, becoming trapped in ice well off the coast. What followed was a 20 month retreat and survival story that is almost unparalleled in the annals of polar exploration.
Alfred Lansing was able to interview 10 survivors and had access to a trove of primary resource material. He made great use of his resources without overwhelming the reader. This book is the premier account of Shackleton's voyage, and its easy to see why. Highly recommended!
The actual photographs of the Endurance stuck in the ice are worth the price of the new edition. I have read this book several times over
the years and it never fails to excite.
Each challenge these men, set out in great detail, was obviously impossible to meet. But after meeting each challenge, they faced an even greater challenge.