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The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910-1912 Paperback – November 21, 2000
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This adventure harks back to the days when men were menAeven in mittens! Captain Amundsen was the leader of the first expedition to reach the South Pole, on December 14, 1911. His account was originally published as two volumes in 1913 and is here reproduced in a single package for the first time. Amundsen and his team endured frostbite, snow blindness, and other horrors, all of which are well chronicled here. The text is supported by many monochrome photos, maps, and charts. This also includes a new introduction by Amundsen's biographer Roland Huntford.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
'Roald Amundsen planted the Norwegian flag on the South Pole on December 14, 1911: a full month before Robert Falcon Scott arrived on the same spot. Amundsen's The South Pole (Hurst) is less well-known than his rivals, in part because he is less of a literary stylist, but also, perhaps, because he survived the journey. His book is a riveting first-hand account of a truly professional expedition; Amundsen's heroism is understated, but it is heroism nonetheless.' -Erica Wagner, The Times'Amundsen was the supreme exponent of Polar technique. He towered above his rivals; he brought an intellectual approach to exploration and stood, as he still stands, the antipole to the heroic delusion. [A...] The journey to the South Pole remains his masterpiece, the culmination of the classical age of Polar exploration and, perhaps, the greatest snow journey ever made.' -Roland Huntford, The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What's bad is the layout and quality of the book and I am referring to the sepia/brown book with ISBN 9781494381172.
This is not a professionally published book, more like someone printing a poorly formatted Word document and gluing together. The book has no page numbers, it probably has never seen a proof reader because it is full of typos, picture captions are sometimes on different pages than the pictures, and the pictures themselves are tiny and of very bad quality, just like if they were poorly xerox'd from another book.
The book doesn't even have a publisher listed.
I would recommend that you read Amundsen, but not in this poorly produced edition.
I must mention that the graphs and charts given in the end of the book are absolutely indistinguishible and are impossible to read, the printing is very low quality. However, the written contents of the appendix are very rich and diligent and include oceanography, metereological and astronomical observations and geology.
General books says in the book they are using OCR software to help print the book and avoid proof reading to keep costs low. Do yourself a favor and buy Amundsen's account part 1 or 2 NOT in an OCR software edition book. Pay the extra 2 dollars or more for an error free book. Its so frustrating reading something so enjoyable and having to stop for mistakes and sort things out. A major distraction for me.
Now the good parts. Amundsen had a sense of humor and loved his sled dogs. However his people party were most important and if a dog was not able to keep up and pull the sled he would have the animal killed and if needed the other dogs would feed on it. Animal lovers will say this is horrible but Amundsen was a realest who survived -70F temperatures and got all his men back. Poor explorer Scott lost his life and 4 others after reaching the pole after Amundsen.
Amundsen's 95% effort was to reach the South Pole first and 5% scientific exploration. He did all he planned in a most efficient method using dogs to pull sleds and clothing more in tune what the native people of the far north would wear. The man had his act together and did not try to do all things like Scott's expedition did. Scott used ponies, snow tractors and dogs. Most all failed him and his 5 man polar group manhandled/pulled their sleds to the pole and partially back by themselves. Poor planning, bad weather that cost 5 lives.
Amundsen and his men returned to Norway as heroes being the first to conquer the South Pole. Scott and his polar party were heroes too but perished.
Amundsen's tale is 5 stars and fantastic but this OCR software book for me dragged it down with many mistakes to 2 stars. I do recommend you getting Amundsen's story about going to the South Pole and the ship the "fram" but get a regular printed book NOT an OCR software printed edition.
P.S.After so much disappointment reading the crummy 2 star General OCR edition, I bought the Cooper Square Press edition. What a difference. This book is the one to get 5 star. No OCR mistakes. Great pictures. Part 1 and 2 are done so well. Also great Appendix. All about the Fram, about Meteorology, Oceanography, and Astronomical observations at the pole. This book was a masterpiece. So detailed and exciting. Make sure you get the thick Cooper Square Press edition. Do not waist your time and money on the poorly done OCR General book.
P.P.S. My family and father actually were on the "fram" in a museum in Norway and I took a picture of my Dad holding the steering wheel. Great vacation and happy memories. The General books OCR edition stunk with too many printing errors, misspelling, and words together. An entire large paragraph destroyed. What a way to ruin a great true polar exploration story.The 800 page plus Cooper edition was fantastic. Highly recommended 5 star plus.