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South: The Endurance Expedition
     

South: The Endurance Expedition

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by Ernest Shackleton
 

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The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition was perhaps the most ambitious, elaborate and confident of all the British attempts to master the South Pole. Like the others it ended in disaster, with the Endeavour first trapped and then crushed to pieces in the ice and its crew trapped in the Antarctic, seemingly doomed to a slow and horrible death. In the face of

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The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition was perhaps the most ambitious, elaborate and confident of all the British attempts to master the South Pole. Like the others it ended in disaster, with the Endeavour first trapped and then crushed to pieces in the ice and its crew trapped in the Antarctic, seemingly doomed to a slow and horrible death. In the face of extraordinary odds, Shackleton, the expedition's leader, decided on the only course that might just save them: a 700 nautical mile voyage in a small boat across the ferocious Southern Ocean in the forelorn hope of reaching the only human habitation within range: a small whaling station on the rugged, ice-sheeted island of South Georgia.

South tells the story both of the whole astonishing expedition and of Shackleton's journey to rescue his men - one of the greatest feats of navigation ever recorded.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440650413
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/27/2004
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,133,489
File size:
753 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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South: The Endurance Expedition (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
tom494 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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carbonbiker More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.