Scott of the Antarctic

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After Robert Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole in 1909, polar explorers looked toward the South. Robert Falcon Scott, whose 1901–1904 expedition into Antarctica's frozen shoulder had made him a celebrity in England, began plans to return. In June1910 the Terra Nova sailed toward the earth's underbelly.

When Scott's party reached the South Pole on January 17,1912, after severe hardships, they discovered that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beat them to ...

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Lincoln, NB 1990 Soft Cover First Edition, 2nd Printing New in None as Issued jacket BRAND NEW Copy. Illuminating biography of British naval officer and explorer Robert Falcon ... Scott (1868-1912) who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions. First, the 1901: the Discovery Expedition, 1901-1904, and second, the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913. Scott's party did reach the South Pole on January 17, 1912, but to learn the Norwegian Roald Amundsen Expedition had beaten them by a month. Biography draws from diaries and letters, revealing the last expediton to be a marvel of teamwork contributed by men who showed pure nobility in the face of death, and the extraordinary complex makings of Scott of the Antarctic.. Read more Show Less

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After Robert Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole in 1909, polar explorers looked toward the South. Robert Falcon Scott, whose 1901–1904 expedition into Antarctica's frozen shoulder had made him a celebrity in England, began plans to return. In June1910 the Terra Nova sailed toward the earth's underbelly.

When Scott's party reached the South Pole on January 17,1912, after severe hardships, they discovered that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beat them to it a month before. Demoralized, frozen, exhausted, and starved, they started to retrace their painful steps over the ice but were forced to stop only eleven miles from a supply depot. By a supreme act of will, the captain managed to write his last letters, which were found with the bodies in November.

Elspeth Huxley draws on those letters and diaries in her luminous biography. It reaches back to Scott's first voyage to the Antarctic, introduces the charming sculptor he married in middle age after a whirlwind of self-doubt, and builds up to the last expedition—a marvel of teamwork—that will always be remembered for the nobility shown by men facing death. The story of Robert Falcon Scott is all the more interesting because he was a complex, self-questioning man whose conquest of the self was "a feat perhaps more admirable than the conquest of the Pole."

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Economist

"[This] book is one of the finest to be written about the Antarctic and it certainly towers above any other biography of Scott. . . . [Elspeth Huxley] with compassion, insight, and imagination, follows [him] toward the Pole, failure, and death."—Economist
New York Times Book Review

"In this book [Huxley] proves again that there is no subject she cannot illuminate."—William F. Buckley Jr., New York Times Book Review

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"In this book [Huxley] proves again that there is no subject she cannot illuminate."—William F. Buckley Jr., New York Times Book Review
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Over 30 chapters explore the application of epidemiological methods to psychiatry. After an introduction to the principles of epidemiology and social enquiry, ten specific cases are reported. A third section evaluates psychiatric intervention, and a fourth gives an international perspective. The final chapter reviews the contributions of Michael Shepherd, retired (1988) chair of Epidemiological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. Suitable for undergraduate as well as graduate and professional readers. A reprint of the 1977 edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803272484
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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