- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf (February 26, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786705442
- ISBN-13: 978-0786705443
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shackleton Paperback – February 26, 1998
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Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Anglo-Irish explorer, never achieved his goal of reaching the South Pole, though he was knighted in 1909 for having come within 100 miles. With bravery matched only by his theatricality, Shackleton sought to top that accomplishment by landing on one side of Antarctica and traveling the width of the icy continent by sledge. What might have been a great exploratory journey turned into a raw struggle for survival when his ship became trapped in pack ice, and he was forced to lead his team on a desperate trek across hundreds of miles of the world's most dangerous terrain. He made it home, but even his stature as one of Edwardian England's greatest heroes could not save Shackleton from financial risk taking; he ended his life mired in debt. Roland Huntford's biography presents a balanced and lively portrait of a man who was, depending on which of his contemporaries you asked, a national hero or a contemptible rogue. --Robert McNamara
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And although he lacked the professionalism of the Norwegian explorers he competed with, the book shows how Shackleton overcame his own haphazard attitude, his bad equipment and his occasional terrible luck by grit, determination, endurance and sheer force of will. He gives a gift to Worsley of a page from a book he carried on his furthest south, which had this excerpt from 'If' by Kipling, and I think it reflects a lot about Shackleton and the spirit he had that makes him so admirable.
"If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: `Hold on!'"
A fantastic book about an absolutely amazing individual.
for anyone interested in the classical era of polar exploration. Of all the great explorers of his era Shackleton is perhaps the most fascinating.
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5-stars -- A well-written fascinating story of historical significance, and a good read.Read more