The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition / Edition 1

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition / Edition 1

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by Caroline Alexander
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0375404031

ISBN-13: 9780375404030

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come

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In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack. Soon the ship was crushed like matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue.

Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition—one of history's greatest epics of survival. And she presents the astonishing work of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visual record of the adventure has never before been published comprehensively. Together, text and image re-create the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew's heroic daily struggle to stay alive, a miracle achieved largely through Shackleton's inspiring leadership.

The survival of Hurley's remarkable images is scarcely less miraculous: The original glass plate negatives, from which most of the book's illustrations are superbly reproduced, were stored in hermetically sealed cannisters that survived months on the ice floes, a week in an open boat on the polar seas, and several more months buried in the snows of a rocky outcrop called Elephant Island. Finally Hurley was forced to abandon his professional equipment; he captured some of the most unforgettable images of the struggle with a pocket camera and three rolls of Kodak film.

Published in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History's landmark exhibition on Shackleton's journey, The Endurance thrillingly recounts one of the last great adventures in the Heroic Age of exploration—perhaps the greatest of them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375404030
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
120,382
Product dimensions:
8.33(w) x 9.43(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

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The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
BeatlebabyTX More than 1 year ago
I read this book about 10 years ago and have since gifted it to several friends and family. I must say it was one of the best books I have ever read. I didn't want to put it down! Amazing what these men went through and survived!! The pictures that are in the book really bring you into what is going on. If ever your looking for a book for yourself or as a gift - this is the one I would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. Read Alfred Lansing's book Endurance, this made a delightful and wonderful companion to that book. One of the most interesting, brave, exciting true life adventures ever undertaken. This should be a must read for all high school age kids.
Yaboipetey More than 1 year ago
The Endurance, written by Caroline Alexander thoroughly details one of the most impressive feats a human has ever done. Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of twenty seven members set out from South Georgia Island in December of 1914 hoping to trek on foot across Antarctica, not knowing they wouldn’t set foot on land for nearly five hundred days. On January 19th, 1915 Shackleton got stuck in the ice pack and drifted eight hundred miles north. While trying to avoid committing mutiny, the crew of twenty eight attempted to carry the three life boats to sailable water. After setting up camp and waiting until April 9th, of 1915, the ice broke-up and they sailed seven days to land safely on Elephant Island. (Their first time setting foot on land in nearly sixteen months.) Shackleton waged five crew members to go with him in search of South Georgia Island in order to save the remaining crew members. After miraculously landing on the island, Shackleton climbed glaciers and mountains to find the nearest whaling station spending three days climbing on no sleep. He then attempted numerous times at saving his crew and eventually, three months later found them all alive. It’s truly one of the most awe striking stories in history and Alexander does a wonderful job of sharing it. When talking about prevalent themes in a novel, Caroline Alexander displays the themes of perseverance and dedication in impressive fashion. She describes the journeys and tasks the crew members encountered in a way that envelopes the reader; causing them to have an appreciation for the hardship these men actually encountered and fought through. Though I am generally a picky reader when it comes non-fiction work, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The way Alexander describes the situations and emotions of the crew members is some of the best I have encountered. It felt as if I was actually there. Another part of the author’s piece that attributed to my liking for the book was the overall story. The fact that these men endured all of the incredible strife and hardship they did, and to still all come out alive is a written miracle. I struggled while sitting back trying to find things I disliked about the book, until I discovered one thing. I thought Alexander could have done a much better job exploiting and analyzing the crew member’s emotions. Instead of describing how the men felt, she described the situation more, making the reader infer their feelings more. This tale is one of the most impressive stories in history and should be shared around the world. I would recommend this to all people as it can teach them that they don’t have it so bad and they just need to persevere like Shackleton’s crew. Alexander is not proclaimed as a top of the line writer, but I would give this work of hers a 9 out of 10. I would also recommend reading her novel, The War That Killed Achillies.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible account of how much man can endure under terribly adverse conditions. Extremely well written with stunning photographs. One of those 'can't put it down' books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first learned this story from reading 'Endurance' by Alfred Lansing. The book was a real thrill for me because I did not know how the story would end until I finished the book. Caroline Alexander's book was just as enjoyable for me even though I knew how it would end. She adds a terrific human touch to Lansing's journalistic account. The photographs add a strong sense of realism. Caroline gives special insights into the personalities of the men, and gives us all some insight on the quiet professionalism and undaunted optimism that it took for these guys to accomplish the impossible. I live in California but it would almost be worth the trip to Washington to Natural History Museum to see the exhibit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!
olddragon More than 1 year ago
This book took me to a place where I truely felt like I lived it. I love true stories and this one took the cake. Besides Shackleton's talent for picking his team (which eventually saved their lives) but had the foresight to bring a very talented photographer along for the trip. This book showcases photos which were carefully selected for survival and the writings from the journals ,which each man was required to keep, in such a way that I felt like I was there everyday, part of the conversations and events, every step of the way. Not even SOUTH, Shackleton's own book which I also read, did that for me. Caroline Alexander put an experience together by letting the words and actions of each man tell this amazing and true tale. I have to buy another copy for me. Every one I loaned out was NEVER returned...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellant read- read it in one sitting.Great pictures! I shared the content with my 4th and 5th grade students and they were eager to learn more