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The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Partyby Kelly Tyler-Lewis
Sir Ernest Shackletons 1914 Antarctic endeavor is legend, but for sheer heroism and tragic nobility, nothing compares to the saga of the Ross Sea party. This crew of explorers landed on the opposite side of Antarctica from the Endurance with a mission to build supply/b>
The untold story of the last odyssey of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration
Sir Ernest Shackletons 1914 Antarctic endeavor is legend, but for sheer heroism and tragic nobility, nothing compares to the saga of the Ross Sea party. This crew of explorers landed on the opposite side of Antarctica from the Endurance with a mission to build supply depots for Shackletons planned crossing of the continent. But their ship disappeared in a gale, leaving ten inexperienced, ill-equipped men to trek 1,356 miles in the harshest environment on earth. Drawing on the mens own journals and photographs, The Lost Men is a masterpiece of historical adventure, a book destined to be a classic in the vein of Into Thin Air.
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A gripping story embracing both tragedy and triumph. (The New York Times Book Review)
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Kelly Tyler-Lewis, a historian, is Visiting Scholar of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge, England. Her research took her to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica, where she spent two months with the U.S. Antarctic Program.
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The world remembers swashbuckling Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as a selfless leader who would do anything for his men. But this tale of the hardships suffered by his support crew paints a different picture of Shackleton ¿ a charismatic and courageous figure, yes, but also a man whose disorganization and carelessness wasted the lives, health, loyalty and courage of half his party. Three members of Shackleton¿s Ross Sea party died while leaving supplies of food that Shackleton never used. Historian Kelly Tyler-Lewis uses the survivors¿ journals and interviews with their families to chronicle the Ross Party¿s relationships and sacrifices in compelling detail, illuminating the missteps and mismanagement that caused the expedition to go awry. We recommend this study to managers who want examples of how to respond ¿ and how not to respond ¿ in a crisis.
¿The Lost Men¿ is a book about the 1914 expedition to the Antarctic. I had thought it would be more of a historical fiction but found it was a report of the men¿s diaries. While these were the facts of the story, it made for dry reading. I did learn things that I didn¿t know such as why the men were left in the Antarctic for so long and how they survived. But I got very tired of hearing repeatedly the names of each member of the party and the dryness that comes from reporting dates. By the end of the audio book, I could recite each member¿s name by heart. The report also told of the stupidity of Sir Ernest Shackleton and how he wanted so badly to be the first to do the crossing that he went ahead with a very ill-equipped group of men, dogs who were not properly trained and not enough supplies or fuel. If this book was intended to make you feel sorry or in awe of the men, it did just the opposite. It showed that men can be so consumed with accomplishing something that no one else has that they will allow bad judgment to rule them rather than think things through to their proper conclusion. While I was glad to know that all but three of the men survived, it made me wonder why anyone would go, knowing they just might give up their life to do so. Graeme Malcolm, the reader, was superb! His voice lent a real-life quality to each person because he gave each nationality their correct accent. British or Australian, each was very clear as to which ethnic group each man belonged.
Kelly Tyler-Lewis' new narrative, The Lost Men, provides readers with the first full and probably the definitive account of one of the great Polar adventures of all time. Besides being very well-written and easy to read, the author provides all the details necessary to bring this story to life. The scene shifting between the expedition ship and the shore party is smooth and seamless, forming a grand overall narrative. The reader gasps at the difficulties faced by the men on the ship after it was swept away from its moorings on the Antarctic coast, and the terrible sufferings of the shore party, which had been assigned the job of constructing a chain of supply dumps all the way to the Beardmore Glacier. Ernest Shackleton and another party were to use the supplies in those dumps to complete a crossing of the continent, starting from the other side. Two full seasons on the trail were required to get those supply dumps established. With incredible pluck and endurance, the men of the shore party completed that task. Shackleton and the crossing party never even made a landing, much less crossed and used the supply dumps. But the Ross Sea Party's efforts were in my view not futile, because MacIntosh, Joyce, Wild, Spencer-Smith, Richards, Jack and the others left behind a legacy of courage and dedication that has never been surpassed.