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The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party Hardcover – April 20, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
While the story of Ernest Shackleton's crew of the Endurance is well known, the fate of Shackleton's Ross Sea support party has largely been forgotten—until now. Charged with laying supply depots for Shackleton's aborted 1914–1916 trans-Antarctic trek, the Ross Sea party became stranded when its ship tore free of her moorings and disappeared in a gale. Cambridge historian Tyler-Lewis's account of the 10-man party's plight relies heavily on the men's journals, which are amazingly detailed, considering the physical (snow blindness, scurvy, frostbite) and mental (depression, paranoia) problems they faced. The men's decision to lay the depots despite the obstacles demonstrates their courage, but Tyler-Lewis's narrative doesn't focus solely on heroics. Instead, the heart of the book lies in Tyler-Lewis's dissection of the men's relationships with one another. As friends are made, alliances formed and resentment festers, humanity is never lost, even amid inhumane conditions. Given the collection of military, civilian, scientific and blue-collar personnel that made up the expedition, it's compelling to see how each man deals with his fate. Add in the party's adventures of sledding in subzero temperatures with the sociological aspects of being stranded for nearly two years in such an inhospitable place, and the result is a gripping work. Maps, illus. (Apr. 24)
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Many books tell the story of Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition across the Antarctic aboard the Endurance. Tyler-Lewis focuses on his supply team, the Ross Sea party, whom Shackleton sent to the opposite side of the continent to support his crossing with food and fuel. While Shackleton traveled south, the Ross party were to sail aboard the Aurora into the Ross Sea and set up supplies for Shackleton every 60 miles. But the Aurora was torn from its moorings in a storm and washed out to sea, leaving 10 men stranded on the shore. They were finally rescued after two years. Tyler-Lewis writes that in the face of catastrophe they persevered, and contrary to the very instinct of survival, with most of their clothing, food, and equipment gone, the stranded men chose to risk their lives, marching 1,300 miles to build a lifeline of depots for Shackleton's party. Tyler-Lewis, a historian, located the diaries and logs of 16 survivors. She also found public records and private papers and interviewed the families of the Ross Sea party members. An exciting book. George Cohen
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Top customer reviews
Extremely well-written supported with details about the key leaders in the group and how they made risky decisions to support the group.
I strongly recommend this book to readers who like expedition stories and historic accounts, but there is something of value for everyone in the excellent compilation of so many different diaries telling such a dramatic story from the variety of heroic personalities that actually lived it. Fabulously researched and documented, I particularly enjoyed learning the stories of the paths the survivor's lives took in the years following and up to their eventual passing from the earth.
Bravo, Kelly Tyler-Lewis, and thank you!
My problem is that I bought a used copy from Thrift Books. What I got was "Advance Uncorrected Proofs - Not For Sale." Bound as a book, cover and stuff looked OK. Nice physical condition. Seemed cute enought when it arrived in August, kind of like buying a DVD and having "For Your Consideration" pop up every now and then, so I didn't squawk. But now that I'm reading it I find it's worse than I thought. No index. No page numbers in the table of contents. And no pictures. Reviews talk about how good the pictures are.
Seems like sellers should disclose when a book is a not-for-sale incomplete copy.