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The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole

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This acclaimed dual biography charts both British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911–12. Bizarrely, Scott died in his quest and became a tragic hero, whereas Amundsen, the victor, was largely forgotten. Reassessing the two explorers and their methods of exploration, the book examines the driving ambitions of the era, recounts the race in detail, and explores the flaws of and differences between the two men. Tim Pigott-Smith evokes all the power and pathos of this ...

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Overview

This acclaimed dual biography charts both British Robert Scott's and Norwegian Roald Amundsen's race to the South Pole during 1911–12. Bizarrely, Scott died in his quest and became a tragic hero, whereas Amundsen, the victor, was largely forgotten. Reassessing the two explorers and their methods of exploration, the book examines the driving ambitions of the era, recounts the race in detail, and explores the flaws of and differences between the two men. Tim Pigott-Smith evokes all the power and pathos of this enduringly fascinating slice of history.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Huntford's chronicle of the rivalry between the United Kingdom's Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen to become the first explorer to reach the South Pole, poses a substantial challenge for adaptation into the audio format. The narrative presents events in a third-person expository fashion, offering precious few opportunities for dialogue among the real-life characters. American listeners may consider Tim Pigott-Smith's British accent distracting, while others might enjoy it as a relevant bit of flair. The story contains plenty of inherent drama, but the abridgment seems to veer off course in the concluding sections, as the long-term legacies of the two polar pioneers is rather rushed. A Modern Library paperback. (July)
Library Journal
This detailed examination of Norwegian Roald Amundsen and Brit Robert Scott's 1911–12 race to the South Pole highlights how Amundsen's superb planning and attention to detail resulted in his arriving at the Pole a month ahead of Scott—and returning alive. First published as Scott and Amundsen (1979), this dual biography captures the excitement and tension of the two men's efforts, although Huntford's characterization is quite biased, with Scott appearing reckless and incompetent in comparison with the extraordinary-seeming Amundsen. British actor/regular CSA Word reader Tim Pigott-Smith narrates with a perfect blend of clarity and cool detachment. Recommended for those who enjoy true-life adventures packed with plenty of behind-the-scenes info.—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934997338
  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: A CSA Word Recording Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 879,843
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Wow! What an adventure! I could hardly put the book down. Althou

    Wow! What an adventure! I could hardly put the book down. Although this old woman was most of the time snuggled under covers with my cats, I felt like I was there - in the Antarctic getting frostbitten with the men. A story that is staying with me. It isn't exactly a book for animal lovers, but I suppose they needed to use the men and the animals as they did in order to accomplish their goals at the time. It's truly amazing what people have done in the past and what animals have been put through in the past, perhaps to accomplish personal goals of the leaders, but which in longlasting effect advances science and benefits the human condition. I'll be reading more of this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    Amazing, Amundson is so little discussed.

    This book was difficult to put down. First of all - the story of Amundson's team's trek is unbelievable and very well written. A great read for people at many levels: those interested in the Antartica, history, exploring, business leadership and generally an interesting story. The book begins with the early life of Amundson, showing how he applied all of life's lessons to his magnificent, well planned trek to the South Pole. The writier moves back and forth between the lives of Amundson and Clark, for comparison of two very different types of explorers with different motivations. The story of Amundson's team in the Antartica and their journey is fascinating and could not be written better, had it been a novel - and this was true life. Bought this book as a present for my husband but could not hand it over until I finished it. Have since sent the book to various friends as presents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2006

    Maintain your perspective

    Before you embrace this book wholeheartedly, do some research on Huntford and see how much time he's spent in the Antarctic. Check out his biography and his credentials. As a much needed contrast to this decidedly slanted book (against Scott, who was not at all as bungling and self-serving as Huntford portrays him) read Race to the Pole by Ranulph Fiennes, a polar explorer in his own right. Huntford's book should not be swallowed without further research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    Brilliant, a thorough examination of the race to the South Pole

    This book takes a thorough, uncompromising look at the race to the South Pole between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen. I came to this book steeped in the myths surrounding Scott, a Royal Navy Captain whose rightful place of priority at the pole was usurped by the Norwegian Amundsen. Huntford strips away all the myths, exposing Scott as the bungler he was. For instance, Scott and his men stopped to collect fossils while they were on a desperate forced march to reach supplies. As it was, Scott and his men died 11 miles from a cache of food and fuel. Amundsen is shown to be a complex, difficult man, but a great explorer. This book is my favorite non-fiction book of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Huntford Explored the Explorers

    Excellent reading! Give it a four star after having read four chapters of the book. Then perhaps the stars of Antarctic couldn't possibly equate the natural honesty that flows when Huntford wrote this book. What makes this a great book is not about the grandeur of Antarctic or of the explorers, but how Huntford explored the explorers and the unexplored Antarctic. Huntford is brilliantly honest and enthralling. He is an excellent writer though not a perfect one but not as imperfect as Scott....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2001

    A textbook for critical thinking

    I have read and re-read Huntford's book (as well as most of his others, including 'Shackleton') and find it not only a meticulously detailed account of the two expeditions, but a textbook for critical thinking. Why do I say that? Look at Amundsen's careful, methodical preparation; his care for his men -- and even for his beloved dogs, which he grieved to sacrifice! -- and compare it with Scott's neurotic,, egotistical, ignorant Royal Mavy arrogance, which killed not only himself but the brave men who were so ill-advised as to follow him. For Scott, it was a way of gaining 'glory' by suffering. For Amaundsen, it was to get to the Pole first and bring his men home safely. I greatly admire Amundsen throughout his career, just as I much deplore the myth which has grown up around Scott on the basis of his self-pitying, self-serving diaries. Yes, the contrasting preparations for these two expeditions offer a textbook care of critical thinking vs. sloppy improvisation. The video was remarkably faithful to the book. Using real Norwegians was sheer genius.

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