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Library JournalRideout’s novel is likely to stir a desire to read adventures. While Shackleton’s voyage to cross the Antarctic overland is not the same kind of adventure as climbing Everest, both men shared the same ambition to physically overcome the impossible. Despite facing certain death, Shackleton was unwilling to accept this fate and set off on an epic quest to save his men—enduring harrowing obstacles on his long trek to find help. Lansing’s account of the ordeal is astounding. Rich in detail, exhausting and thrilling in description, this book brings the ice, cold, and danger of Shackleton’s adventure to pulse-pounding life. Readers looking for additional adventures can be pointed to such works as Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void, Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, and to collections such as The Armchair Mountaineer edited by David Reuther and John Thorn (see Robert Graves’s “Climbing with Mallory” in particular).
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