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This book falls short of being a good read on several levels, not least of which is the title. With over half of the 13 stories concerning the South Pole-and with humans and animals perishing left and right-it could have been called "Death in the Antarctic." Basically, editor Kuhne, whose series has already covered the "High Seas" and the "Mountains," needs more context here. Each selection opens with a brief explanation and ends with a postscript, which are both inadequate and leave the reader with questions. Take, for example, the chapter "Alone," excerpts from Richard Byrd's account of being at the South Pole's Advance Base for five winter months. Why is he there alone? Who left him there? How did the tunnel collapse referred to happen? The pieces by Helen Thayer, Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Frank Arthur Worsley are compelling, but serious polar reader will have encountered them in the full works. And, at some 450 pages, this is simply too long. General readers may soon tire of the essays' similarities (it's bitterly cold and dangerous). Not an essential purchase.