Edge of the World - Ross Island, Antarctica: A Personal and Historical Narrative of Exploration, Adventure, Tragedy and Survival

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Writer and explorer Charles Neider made his first trip to Antarctica in 1969, achieving a lifelong goal of seeing the frozen continent with his own eyes. During this visit and a return trip in 1970, both backed by the U. S. Navy and the National Science Foundation, Neider discovered the rigor and beauty of life so close to the South Pole. In addition to his own experiences, Edge of the World also contains Neider's accounts of Shakleton's and Scott's expeditions, and the story of his own helicopter crash and ...
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Edge of the World: Ross Island, Antarctica A Personal and Historical Narrative of Exploration, Adventure, Tragedy, and Survival

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Overview

Writer and explorer Charles Neider made his first trip to Antarctica in 1969, achieving a lifelong goal of seeing the frozen continent with his own eyes. During this visit and a return trip in 1970, both backed by the U. S. Navy and the National Science Foundation, Neider discovered the rigor and beauty of life so close to the South Pole. In addition to his own experiences, Edge of the World also contains Neider's accounts of Shakleton's and Scott's expeditions, and the story of his own helicopter crash and rescue on the slopes of Mt. Erebus. Neider's account is erudite, literate, and intensely personal.
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Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
Absorbingly readable, informative, with moments of high suspense, both in Neider's personal adventures and in his historical retrospects.
The New York Times Book Review
By far the most useful book about the Antarctic, a personal narrative but also a history… Charles Neider's big book can be read by boys who love adventure, naturalists who want to know about the hidden spectaculars at the south tip of the earth, casual readers who want a taste of everything there is down there in that mysterious, repellent, surrealistic world.
— William F. Buckley, Jr.
The New York Times Book Review - William F. Buckley Jr.
By far the most useful book about the Antarctic, a personal narrative but also a history… Charles Neider's big book can be read by boys who love adventure, naturalists who want to know about the hidden spectaculars at the south tip of the earth, casual readers who want a taste of everything there is down there in that mysterious, repellent, surrealistic world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411543
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2001
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Neider (1915-2001) edited Tolstoy: Tales of Courage and Conflict and Life As I Find It: A Treasury of Mark Twain Rarities, among many other books. Cooper Square Press has also published his fiction (The Grotto Berg: Two Novellas) and his recent memoir, Adam's Burden.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
List of Illustrations xv
Introduction to the Cooper Square Press Edition xvii
1. Prologue 1
2. A Historical Guide to Ross Island 15
3. Mcmurdo Station: One 33
4. Fishing Through the Ice 45
5. Mcmurdo Station: Two 52
6. New, Major Fossil Finds 60
7. Miraculous Escape of the Pegasus 68
8. Mcmurdo Station: Three 74
9. Adventures of Scott's Discovery Expedition 87
1. Farthest South 87
2. Scott's Western Journey 107
10. Camping at Cape Royds 123
11. Adventures of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition 139
1. Shackleton's Farthest South 139
12. Cape Royds Concluded 172
13. A Visit to Vostok Station 179
14. A Fatal Crash in the Dry Valleys 193
15. Camping at Cape Evans 203
16. Adventures of Scott's Terra Nova Expedition 214
1. Winter Journey 214
2. The Scott Tragedy 231
17. Cape Evans Concluded 265
18. Conversations with Sir Charles Wright 273
19. Brief Stay at Scott Base 295
20. Aboard the Icebreaker Staten Island 308
21. Wilson's Igloo and Cape Crozier 325
22. Cape Bird and Williams Field 332
23. A Walk in Taylor Valley 341
24. Crashing on Mount Erebus 353
25. The Helicopter 368
26. The Tent 378
27. Found 392
28. Sar Condition I 403
29. Epilogue 416
Appendix 1. Sar Log [9 January 1971] 423
Appendix 2. Sar Log "Translated" and Unscrambled 428
Appendix 3. Conquest of Mount Erebus 432
Appendix 4. Taking Photographs in Antarctica 440
Glossary 447
Index 453
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