Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer

Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer

by Michael Smith

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Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer by Michael Smith

Ernest Shackleton is one of history's great explorers, an extraordinary character who pioneered the path to the South Pole over 100 years ago and became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. A charismatic personality, his incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He joined the Empire’s last great endeavor of exploration: to conquer the South Pole with Scott on the Discovery expedition. A clash with Scott led to Shackleton being ordered home and started a bitter feud between the two. Shackleton's riposte was the Nimrod expedition, which uncovered the route to the Pole and honed the leadership skills that later encouraged men to overcome unimaginable hardship on the Endurance expedition of 1914. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life, marked by romantic affairs, unfulfilled ambitions, and failed business ventures, contrasted with celebrity status as the leading explorer. Persistent money problems left his men unpaid and his family with debts.

Drawing on extensive research of original diaries, letters, and many other publications, Michael Smith brings a fresh perspective to the heroic age of Polar exploration, which was dominated by Shackleton's complex, compelling, and enduringly fascinating story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780747071
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,208,823
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Smith is an author and journalist who specializes in the history of Polar exploration. He has written books on Polar history for adult audiences and children, lectured extensively and contributed to a wide range of television and radio programs, newspapers, magazines and websites. He lives in Dublin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Authors Note xi

Introduction 1

1 Touching History 7

2 The Lonely Sea and the Sky 13

3 Love and Ambition 27

4 Laying the World at Her Feet 37

5 Fortune Hunting 49

6 A Hunger 55

7 Baptism by Ice 64

8 A Step into the Unknown 77

9 A Beeline 87

10 Rejection 94

11 Two Characters 99

12 Finding a Niche 118

13 Looking South 125

14 Dreams and Realities 134

15 Broken Promise 148

16 Ice and Men 158

17 Making Ready 164

18 South 174

19 Penniless 183

20 Gateway 188

21 'Death on his pale horse…' 202

22 Home is the Hero 213

23 Arise, Sir Ernest 227

24 A Man of Parts 233

25 Unrest 243

26 Towering Ambition 252

27 Into the Pack 272

28 Imprisoned 283

29 Death of a Ship 295

30 Defiance 300

31 Into the Boats 315

32 A Dark Episode 323

33 Bleak Refuge 327

34 Scattered to the Winds 336

35 Epic Journey 342

36 South Georgia 351

37 Rescue 364

38 The Ross Sea Parry 373

39 Adrift Again 383

40 The Last Quest 399

41 At Rest 412

Notes 419

Select Bibliography 426

Index 436

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