- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Putnam - Autonym Library; 1st A edition (1980)
- ASIN: B003L1XDAE
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Scott & Amundsen : The Race to the South Pole Unknown Binding – 1980
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Scotts style was that of a traditional Naval officer in a service that had great traditions but had become stagnant as it entered the 20th Century. Scott gave an order and expected a cherry aye, aye sir, regardless of the difficulty in it's execution. He was also a man who was looking over his shoulder at the runners behind him. In his first expedition to Antarctica, he had managed to alienate one of his co-members and turned him into a fierce rival, Ernest Shackelton. It was this rivalry that drove Scott. Scott is also a perfect example of the concept of responding to new developements with "not invented here". Scott had several years between his two expeditions to plan, acquire proper material and train his expedition. The only original thinking was in the use of motor transport but then he fatally damaged this component when he jetisoned the principal technical officer that had worked on the motor sledges from the outset. Everything else was a rehash of his first expedition or that of Shackelton's. The use of horses in a desert environment, as the Antarctic is, was a tremendous failure that ultimately lead to the death of Scott and his party.
Amundsen on the other hand was a keen student of the exploration craft. He was constantly working to refine his equipment.Read more ›
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Huntford's assessment of Scott as incompetent has been exploded!
Sad to see so many glowing reviews of this book. Depressing to realize how readily misinformation is accepted as fact with the reviewers thoughtlessly indulging in the spread of... Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Moto Ryder
You wouldn't think that a bunch of guys running around in the ice and snow would be such a compelling read, but this is the book that started my fascination with the Polar... Read morePublished on June 26, 2010 by SML
A good read but.....was it. Factual? Accurate? Balanced?
Wouldn't you expect those basic three elements in a story told? Read more
... So, how did Scott prepare throughout the long winter preceding the polar expedition? By staging amateur theatrics, to keep the men from getting bored, or worse. Read morePublished on November 18, 2005 by New Zealander
The best thing about writing a book about a long-dead character is that they can't fight back. Roland Huntford is a professional journalist of the worst kind who literally uses... Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by Carl R. Mousley
"Captain Scott" by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the man described by the Guiness Book of Records as "the world's greatest living explorer". Read morePublished on June 28, 2004 by F. P. John
It has been over 80 years and only now the truth about 2 different Antartic expeditions have come to light.We can finally see Capt. Read morePublished on March 29, 2000 by Katie A. Norcross
An excellent book. Being English I was raised on the myths surrounding Scott. This book exposed his shortcomings as an explorer and planner of an expedition. Read morePublished on January 12, 2000 by Neoc