The South Pole: A Historical Reader

The South Pole: A Historical Reader

by Anthony Brandt


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The South Pole: A Historical Reader by Anthony Brandt

Terra Australius Incognito. Long before its discovery the ancient Greeks surmised that a continent must exist at the bottom of the world, writes Anthony Brandt in his introduction to this marvelous history of Antarctic exploration. The quest to find and explore Antarctica has consumed men and women ever since. The South Pole weaves together some of the great Antarctic adventure stories, as told by the explorers themselves: Ernest Shackleton's modest bravery rescuing his stranded crew: Roald Amundsen's account of being first at the Pole; Robert Falcon Scott's touching, tragic death. The book also includes little-known accounts that vividly describe the hardships, beauty, and extreme challenges of life in the most hostile environment on Earth. Readers will be surprised to discover Edmund Halley's amusing first description of penguins, Captain Cook's speculations regarding the source of Antarctica's huge tabular icebergs, and Douglas Mawson's heroic solo trek across the ice after losing his companions and his food. Anthony Brandt's authoritative narrative places this tapestry of characters and adventures into context and brings the story of Antarctic exploration from the ancient Greeks to the modern era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792267973
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 10/05/2004
Series: National Geographic Adventure Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

Anthony Brandt attended Princeton and Columbia before becoming a freelance writer for Esquire, American Heritage, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, GQ, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and many other magazines. He was the essays editor of the Pushcart Prize for 18 years and has served as a nonfiction judge for the National Book Awards. Brandt is the editor of the Adventure Classics series for National Geographic Books, including the first edition of The Journals of Lewis and Clark.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Myth of Antarctica1
From The Three Voyages of Edmund Halley in the Paramore5
From The Journals of the Second Voyage 1772-177513
Part 2Antarctica Unveiled46
From A Voyage Towards the South Pole Performed in the Years 1822-2451
Recent Discoveries in the Antarctic Ocean from the Log Book of the Brig Tula, 183362
Discoveries in the Antarctic Ocean in February, 1839, including remarks by Charles Darwin71
From The United States Exploring Expedition90
From A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, 1839-43117
Part 3The Time of the Heroes138
From The Voyage of the Discovery145
From The Journal of the Swedish Antarctic Expedition166
From The Heart of the Antarctic174
From The Worst Journey in the World191
From The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram253
From The Diaries of the Terra Nova Expedition305
From The Home of the Blizzard348
From South364
Part 4The Scientific Age400
"April 1: God of 2.5" From Alone404
"My Flight Across Antarctica" From National Geographic Magazine, June 1936422
"South Ice to the South Pole" From The Crossing of Antarctica446

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