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Race to The End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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I was not dissapointed. Great, powerful work. There are many priceless pictures, never before printed or published for the general public. One set of photographs shows the Scott polar party at the south pole. No words can describe the horror of those photographs. Scott appears more defeated and beat than on the classic South Pole shot where Birdie Bower pulled the string.
Two pictures are particularly disturbing. One shows Uncle Bill Wilson in a very odd manner, surely he is not doing what he appears to be doing. Another shows Titus Oates in the process of dissapearing...Another pictures the same Oates, sitting on the cold snow, utterly defeated, beat, lost, suffering beyond imagining and hopeless.
One other picture shows Amundsen, Shackelton and Robert Peary in New-York, posing for posterity around a globe.
Two IMMORTALS GIANTS and a brutal, immoral and remorseless faker.
For the pictures alone, this book is pure gold.
That book is an absolute must for everybody interested in Antarctica exploration.
The story is very well-known, so the book only fills in a lot of things that were minor, but informative. There are photos taken at the time of "the race" and also fairly recently. The text is straightforward and easy to comprehend, and even though you know how it is going to turn out, you find yourself rooting for Scott to not only win the race, but to survive.
The book reveals that the tragedy of Scott's expedition was due, not only to reliance on man hauling as opposed to dog sleds, but a real lack of comprehensive planning on Scott's part before the actual run for the Pole began. Amundsen was more of a meticulous thinker, and he planned everything quite carefully, leaving nothing to chance. His personality was not like Scott's, for he was single-minded and determined to be the first to the Pole, and anyone who disagreed with anything he did was "banished' from the potential Pole team. Scott was more haphazard, even taking an extra man on the final push to the Pole, which strained his meager resources, and quite possibly cost him his life, and the lives of his companions.
In the Edwardian age, heroes who died striving to achieve a goal were often lauded more than technicians who achieved that goal. So it was with Scott and Amundsen, the dead loser admired and remembered, the live winner not appreciated for his great achievement.
This is an excellent "coffee table" book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Polar exploration, or just wants to read of men striving greatly against almost overwhelming odds.
I ended up appreciated the pictures, drawing and charts scattered throughout the book. They add insight and in many cases bring you closer to the story and the people involved. This is truly a history lesson and exciting story rolled into one. I really appreciated how balance he was in looking at Scott and Amundsen, not taking sides as many books have. He did state his opinion, but in a very logical, well-thought out way that made you feel he really understood these two men - at least as well anyone could almost 100 years later. He really did his homework.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extraordinary documentary adventure of the race to be first to the South Pole, well illustrated and well written. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. M. Williams
It is a beautiful, very interesting presentation of the dramatic conquests of the South Pole. Having recently viewed "The Last Place on Earth", the book gave a more... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. LANDER
Fascinating. I purchased Race To The End and The Endurance at the same time (birthday present to myself! Read morePublished 19 months ago by sbenoit
There was a time wheN parts of the Earth were never visited by man. The book is of first rate quality. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Prudent Buyer
Well if you read any of my other reviews I try and read everything on both poles and my public library running out buying from amazon gives me the chance to read such great books... Read morePublished 21 months ago by cole wilson
This is a very detailed account of the race between Scott and Amundsen to the South Pole. It starts a bit before the expeditions and does include some of what happened after.Published on April 23, 2014 by Michael A. Robinson