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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    ENDURACE BOOK REVIEW BY CASEY HAWKINSON The Endurance by Alfr


    ENDURACE BOOK REVIEW
    BY CASEY HAWKINSON

    The Endurance by Alfred Lansing is a book about an unbelievable journey in which a group of men attempt to cross the continent of Antarctica in 1915. The group of 27 men, led by Earnest Shackleton embarks on a journey starting in England and set sail to begin the task of crossing Antarctica. Once they begin this they have to endure the dramatic problems that take place, until all of the sudden a major shift in wind direction and currents take place and icebergs crushed the boat carrying all 28 men. After making it off of the boat alive the amazing journey truly begins, when captain Earnest Shackleton feels it is his duty to make the almost impossible mission to safety keeping his men alive. Almost 700 miles from any form of civilization with limited supplies the men fight for almost 2 years over the most inhospitable terrain on earth trying to make it out. Without cooperation and a whole lot of luck this would have been impossible to do, but apparently the men of that party were some of the most incredible men that have ever lived. Overall, it is one of the best books I have personally ever read that kept me wondering what the next setback or accomplishment will be. Throughout the book, impossible tasks are given continuously to the men of the Endurance who somehow manage to overcome each and every one of these tasks. Teamwork is a major theme used throughout the book that is used and makes it possible for the whole party to survive. This combined with an immense amount of will power created an unthinkable success for the party. It is truly an incredible novel about a real event. Guaranteed to blow your mind with unbelievable accuracy of the two years, outstanding courageous men, and the truly unimaginable events that took place. This book will take you across the darkest most gruesome places in the world and will leave you wondering how did all 28 men survive. The story of these men going across Antarctica is perhaps one of the most amazing stories I personally have ever heard, and this is a must read novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

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    I had to read this book for school and l was not looking forward to the prospect of reading this book. I thought it would be boring and it is not that all of the books l read for school are boring, it is just that this genre of books is not my type. Boy was l wrong. In this book is a world of ice and cold with a life and death struggle against the elements of the Antarctic. At some parts l was eager to read on, but at other parts l was able to stop. This is overall a really good book that l would recommend to others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    A splendid read. A real page burner.

    Best book i have read in a long while, and i mean a long while.


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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    Within the genre of real life adventure books, Endurance is defi

    Within the genre of real life adventure books, Endurance is definitely a stand out. I am lucky to have a brother who regularly reads about explorers and wilderness adventures and recommends to me only the best of the best. Other must-reads in the genre are The Long Walk (though that turns out to be most likely fiction so I no longer recommend it), Into the Wild, and Arctic Adventure: My Life in the Frozen North. Endurance tells the true story of Ernest Shakleton and his crew's ill-fated and legendary expedition to Antarctica. It was likely one of history's best outcomes for what was essentially a disaster.

    At the time of launching, Shakleton's expedition was history's most extensively planned exploratory trip to Antarctic, complete with a photographer, scientists, carpenters and engineers (a crew of 27 in total). Shakleton's goal was to transverse and study Antarctic. When they set off in 1914, this expedition was the pride of the United Kingdom. Shakleton was the toast of the town for his bravery and expertise. For his bravery he is still toasted, but his polar expertise proved to be lacking. The ship he guided was no match for the South Pole's crushing cold and ice. Soon after arriving, the Endurance was stuck in ice, absolutely unable to move. The crew salvaged what it could and was forced to make do with dwindling supplies and provisions, eventually eating some of their beloved dogs.

    I won't dampen your reading pleasure by giving away too much of the unfolding events, but through a combination of amazing resourcefulness, outstanding leadership, and ultimately incredible luck on the part of Shakleton, the whole crew survived without a single life lost. Naturally, there was an abundance of suffering along the way, but also an impressive amount of team spirit and toughness. The book is inspirational and a quiet page turner.

    Please note, the "quiet page turner" part. Endurance is definitely an engrossing read, and once you get into it, you won't want to put it down. I found the book starts a bit on the slow side, at least for all its fanfare, but don't give up if you aren't immediately bowled over. You'll be justly rewarded if you stick with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    A harrowing story of survival.

    From the first page, it's almost hard to believe that this book is non-fiction. The true story of how these men survived against all odds is a gripping tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Reads like adventure fiction instead of an historical account. W

    Reads like adventure fiction instead of an historical account. Wonderfully written and plenty of action. Although the tale is factually drawn from diaries and interviews, the conditions of their journey back to civilization from the South Pole were so oppressive and dangerous I can't help but wonder if there were any incidents swept under the rug and now left to history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Endurance

    Riviting story. Hardships beyond belief. It's hard to imagine in this day of helicopters, worldwide communications, that those men could ENDURE such hardships and ALL survive. I often wonder if any of us in this enlightened age could survive as these men did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Fantastic!!!

    Highly recommended for adventurers and book enthusiasts of all aged! A classic!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Endurance

    Superb book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Endurance

    Forget contemporary exaltations about leadership, Lansing's book provides insight into how true leadership functions.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

    Adventure account; second to none!

    The year is 1915 and one of the greatest survival adventures takes place in the World's most inhospitable environment. It is almost impossible to believe that for a period of two years, 28 men survived the challenges they faced without the availability of today's technology and survival equipment.
    I am almost exhausted just from reading this account and cannot begin to imagine how the crew of the Endurance managed against all odds.
    For the reader, it is an adventure like no other and a book that one cannot put down until the very end. Both historically correct and enthralling, this is a "must read" for anyone interested in history, adventure and man's ability to conquer nature.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The definitive book on the 1914 Shackleton expedition

    This book was written around 1950, the author having interviewed all expedition members still living, and gaining access to the diaries of those who were not. The book describes both the physical ordeals and the psychological ones. It shows Ernest Shackleton's perceptive leadership styles in dealing with men of diverse temperaments. A readable and thrilling story of one of history's most amazing stories of seamanship and, yes, Endurance.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    An outstanding adventure, testing the human spirit and the endurance of mankind

    This book was riveting and full of human strength and the will to survive. It is the true story of a captain who became an unexpected hero, and his bold crew that fought bravely for their lives, guiding the lost and freezing crew through uncharted and frozen Artic waters. Their intelligence, perseverant spirits and strong will to survive that made the book hard to put down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    Outstanding Biographical Story Highlighting True Courage

    There is a style of writing that is simple and heartfelt. Writing that is able to evoke deep human emotion and feeling without any pomp and circumstance. Endurance is a fine example of this style and stands alone in a sea of Reality Works that have flooded bookstores. Perhaps it is because this book was written in a different era. Written in the early stages of WWI, the world was just learning of the cruelties of large scale warfare, something that would become all to common an occurance in the 19th century. Perhaps this is why the book has no need for added flavor to make it exciting or thrilling. The survival of a group of men who faced almost impossible odds needs no exaggeration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    Shackleton is a great leader.

    I couldn't put this book down at night even though I knew I had a long day of hard work ahead of me the next day. I learned lessons of how to work through difficult times, manage diverse groups by effective leadership, as well as an appreciation for the courage and determination it takes for exploration. This is one of those reads that you will reccomend it to family and friends.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    I just finished this book and I must say it is the most awesome true-life human struggle/survival story I have ever read. And to tell you the truth, I am amazed it has never been made into a movie. Sometime between now, and before you go to you death bed, read this book. You will be glad you did. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    History at its BEST

    This book should be a required read for all high school students. What an incredible bit of history, and a story of what it means to endure with strength and determination. A historical triumph, and a fabulous read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    He was poles apart

    Adventurers are often very boring personalities. There are a few wild cards and Shackleton was probably the wildest of them all. It was his big passionate heart that ultimately made him famous, giving his all to bring his men home alive. While Shackleton never actually saw the South Pole he remains the most admired of the polar explorers, and Lansing's account of the sinking of Endurance and the epic haul to safety shows why: Shackleton's story is more exciting than that of the genius Amundsen; and more inspiring than Scott's tragic tale. This is a great book. During the last of Shackleton's trudge to save his men he and his two companions believed there was a fourth presence walking with them, like a ghost. It's not something that's ever been fully explored, although it sparked a revival in the Spiritualist movement in Britain after the Great War. Shackleton called Antarctica ``that weird white world'' and at last there is a new book that gives thge most convincing and shocking picture of how weird that world can get. IN THE GHOST COUNTRY is about Peter Hillary's walk to the South Pole in the company of his dead mother and other dead friends. AMAZING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Outstanding, One of the best books to read

    The 1914 story of the Endurance passing through the Antarctica and their long period of time standed on an ice burg. With out readig this book i would have never knew how Shackelton and his crew ever got around the Continent and stayed alive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    A Primer on Leadership for Teens

    Underneath this tale of fantastic survival is a story about leadership. If you are teaching a group of teenagers about life and how to succeed there are vignettes throughout the book that present microcosms of how to lead and be successful in life. For example the advantage of being absorbed in concern about your fellow man (the incident of the sleeping man that almost was swallowed up by pack ice except for Shakelton's constant vigilance), the wisdom in traveling lightly and quickly in adversity (the incident when they 'toboggan' down the mountain on their travel worn fannies to avoid freezing, or the wisdom in not stocking up huge inventories of food as it would diminish the urgency to get out--the proverbial 'boiling a frog' problem), and the advantage of looking at the current realities soberly but wisely ---and without whining (what Jim Collins in Good to Great calls the Stockdale Paradox and seen many times in the book where other crews went insane this crew partied, or faced incredible difficulties like crossing the Straights of Magellan in a row boat--100 foot waves--with optimism). An incredible true story about human potential and leadership. Great for dissecting with teenagers to learn important life lessons.

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