Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written

Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written


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ISBN-13: 9781586420000
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 355,576
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Australian author Lennard Bickel reconstructed Mawson's journey from the diaries of Mawson and other members of his expedition. He is the author of seven books, including Shackleton's Forgotten Men.

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MAWSON'S WILL is the dramatic story of what Sir Edmund Hillary calls "the most outstanding solo journey ever recorded in Antarctic history." For weeks in Antarctica, Douglas Mawson faced some of the most daunting conditions ever known to man: blistering wind, snow, and cold; loss of his companion, his dogs and supplies, the skin on his hands and the soles of his feet; thirst, starvation, disease, snowblindness - and he survived.
Sir Douglas Mawson is remembered as the young Australian who would not go to the South Pole with Robert Scott in 1911, choosing instead to lead his own expedition on the less glamorous mission of charting nearly 1,500 miles of Antarctic coastline and claiming its resources for the British Crown. His party of three set out through the mountains across glaciers in 60-mile-per-hour winds. Six weeks and 320 miles out, one man fell into a crevasse, along with the tent, most of the equipment, all of the dogs' food, and all except a week's supply of the men's provisions.
Mawson's Will is the unforgettable story of one man's ingenious practicality and unbreakable spirit and how he continued his meticulous scientific observations even in the face of death. When the expedition was over, Mawson had added more territory to the Antarctic map than anyone else of his time. Thanks to Bickel's moving account, Mawson can be remembered for the vision and dedication that make him one of the world's great explorers.

"A riveting account . . . makes Mawson's achievement a symbol of the desire to live." -- The New York Times Book Review

"A powerful reading experience." -- Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents


Foreword by Sir Edmund Hillary,
The Two Tents,
The Cruel Continent,
The Assault,
The Rejected Invitation,
1 Driven Westward,
2 The Kingdom of Blizzards,
3 The Winter of Intent,
4 Outward Bound,
5 Discovery and Death,
6 In Peril on the Ice,
7 Diet of Dog,
8 Cross in the Snow,
9 One Pair of Feet,
10 Corpse in a Crevasse,
11 A Colored Bag,
12 Aladdin's Beacon,
13 A Winter to Wait,
14 Sequel: The Contract Stands,
Author's Note,

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Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Mawson's Will several years ago but I haven't forgotten the courage and endurance displayed throughout the book. I remember reading the book and thinking that if I was ever confronted with an impossible task needing exceptional endurance all I needed was to re-read Mawson's Will. It will affect you in a positive way and give inner strength. This book is recommended to teenagers and adults with a desire to explore the strength of the human spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells the true story of Antarctic exploration. It reads like an action thriller complete with insurmoutable odds, cliff hangers, and super-human feats. I have read it to my 8th grade students and they literally came running into class to hear the next installment. I used it to illustrate what some of the knowledge we have, and take for granted, has cost. The price in terms of human life and hardship has often been very high and this story shows that in a dramatic way. I am glad it is back in print! I have looked for it for years so I can give it as gifts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable. You will remember these words the next time you are going through any kind of physical challenge. First person narrative is the only thing that would have improved this book, as I connect better with the main character when reading a first hand account.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book. Unfortunately, I found Mawson's adventure to be more foolhardy than heroic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This e-version has loads of grammer, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. But the story itself is awesome. Great book.
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