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The Longest Winter: Scott's Other Heroes

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Their tents were torn, their food was nearly finished, and the ship had failed to pick them up as planned. Gale-force winds blew, bitter with the cold of approaching winter. Stranded and desperate, the six men of the Northern Party faced disaster. Searching out a snow drift, they burrowed inside. Lieutenant Victor Campbell drew a line across the floor in the gloom to establish naval order: three officers on one side, the three seamen on the other. A birthday was celebrated with a carefully hoarded biscuit and ...

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Overview

Their tents were torn, their food was nearly finished, and the ship had failed to pick them up as planned. Gale-force winds blew, bitter with the cold of approaching winter. Stranded and desperate, the six men of the Northern Party faced disaster. Searching out a snow drift, they burrowed inside. Lieutenant Victor Campbell drew a line across the floor in the gloom to establish naval order: three officers on one side, the three seamen on the other. A birthday was celebrated with a carefully hoarded biscuit and they sang hymns every Sunday, so what kept these men going? Circumstances forced them closer together, their roles blurred and a shared sense of reality emerged. This mutual suffering made them indivisible and somehow they made it through the longest winter. To the south, the men waiting at headquarters knew that the Polar Party must be dead and hoped that another six men would not be added to the death toll. Working from expedition diaries, journals, and letters written by expedition members, Meredith Hooper tells the intensely human story of Scott’s other expedition.

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Joshua Hammer
Meredith Hooper's thrilling account…is a tale of survival that rivals that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
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2012 marks the centennial of the famous race to the South Pole between Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and Britain's Robert Falcon Scott. Not only did Amundsen triumph-reaching the Pole just two weeks before Scott-but tragically, Scott and the men with him never made it home. The British team, meanwhile, had broader scientific objectives for the trip. Hooper focuses on six members of Scott's team who were left on the eastern glacier with the expectation of being picked up the next year. After spending a year on the ice, they were ready to leave as planned, but the ship that was to pick them up never arrived. Left with few supplies, they were forced to make a winter trek on foot to reach Scott's back-up team. Hooper (The Ferocious Summer) explores how the stressful conditions transformed the relationships of the six men, dissolving class barriers between the three ordinary seamen and the three gentleman adventurers. This gripping scientific adventure story also includes fascinating details about glacial ecology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619020139
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,386,004
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Meredith Hooper is an award-winning writer of many books of non-fiction for children. During the last 15 years she has specialized in writing about the history, geology, and wildlife of Antarctica. In 2000 Congress awarded her the Antarctic Service Medal.

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