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As the war clouds darkened over Europe in 1914, a party led by veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to make the first crossing of the entire Antarctic continent via the South Pole. But their initial optimism was short-lived as the ice floes closed around their ship, Endurance, gradually crushing her to death and marooning the twenty-eight men on the polar ice.
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Overview

As the war clouds darkened over Europe in 1914, a party led by veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to make the first crossing of the entire Antarctic continent via the South Pole. But their initial optimism was short-lived as the ice floes closed around their ship, Endurance, gradually crushing her to death and marooning the twenty-eight men on the polar ice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140288865
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001

Meet the Author

Ernest Shackleton was born in 1874 and joined the merchant navy at 16. A passion for exploration led to him joining the Royal Geographic Society whilst still at sea and in 1901 he secured a place on Captain Scott's first Antarctic expedition. In 1907 he embarked on his own Antarctic mission and was knighted on his return to England. 7 years later, in his ship the Endurance, he set off on an attempt to cross the Antartic from one side, to the other. Although his ship was trapped and crushed in ice Shackleton made an incredible journey to rescue his men and returned home a hero. Fergus Fleming was educated at Oxford University and City University, London and has been a freelance writer since 1991. Barrow's Boys, which is a chronicle of 19th century exploration, was read on BBC Radio 4 and other titles include Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole and Cassell's Tales of Endurance. He currently lives in Cheltenham.

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Table of Contents

South: The Endurance ExpeditionIntroduction by Fergus Fleming
Preface

I. Into the Weddell Sea
II. New Land
III. Winter Months
IV. Loss of the Endurance
V. Ocean Camp
VI. The March Between
VII. Patience Camp
VIII. Escape from the Ice
IX. The Boat Journey
X. Across South Georgia
XI. The Rescue
XII. Elephant Island
XIII. The Ross Sea Party
XIV. Wintering in McMurdo Sound
XV. Laying the Depots
XVI. The Aurora's Drift
XVII. The Last Relief
XVIII. The Final Phase

APPENDIX I
Scientific Work
Sea-Ice Nomenclature
Meteorology
Physics
South Atlantic Whales and Whaling

APPENDIX II
The Expedition Huts at McMurdo Sound

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Surprisingly mesmerizing

    I had read an article in National Geographic about the Endurance, then bought this book. At first I was disappointed, but after about 50 pages I could not put it down and spent several evenings finishing it, I was quite unhappy when I reached the end, I did not want the story to be finished. It is told rather dryly, with understatement but with truth and wit.He is certainly one of the most remarkable men of this century.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

    Must read for all young men

    The most profound example of survival ever lived and ever recorded. This is how honorable men organize and endure.If they can do this in the worst of situations;you and yours can survive any crisis.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    On the Ice

    A wonderful, adventuresome book. Shackleton writes in a dry, 'ship's log' style, but sprinkes his memoir with his unique humor every now and then. An exciting book, and the essencial book on leadership and courage. A must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    South: The Greatest Book of All Time

    I read Shackleton's "South: The Endurance Expedition and was absolutely astounded by the drama, the passion, and the amazing power that the story revealed. A true adventure, to say the least. I give South cheers for excellent organization and great attention to detail.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2000

    Incredible!

    What a book! I could hardly put it down! The ultimate armchair, cozy sheets, small plane seat, waiting at the doctor's office adventure. In a word...WOW!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    So manly

    This book always makes me feel proud to be a man, although I wouldn't have been able to do what Shackleton and Wild did. I highly recommend this amazing true story of just how incredibly resilient we are.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Think you've got it tough?  Think again.  This expedition to the

    Think you've got it tough?  Think again.  This expedition to the South Pole faced more challenges than most men could handle.  I nothing in fiction compares to this adventure.  Buy it.  Read it.  Be glad it wasn't you. 

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