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An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor

by Michael Smith

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Fascinating story of little known Irish polar explorer Tom Cream whose achievements were breathtaking. Highly recommended. ( )
  edwardsgt | Feb 1, 2014 |
What an amazing story. Tom Crean went on 2 expeditions to the South Pole with Scott and one with Shackleton. What he did on those expeditions was remarkable! A truly unsung hero, he neither wrote a journal (unlike many of his colleagues) nor wrote a book of his exploits (nor did he talk about what he did!). ( )
  cbinstead | Dec 10, 2012 |
There were many famous men who came back from adventures in Polar explorations. Most wrote books or had many books written about them. The exception was Tom Crean, who accompanied two of the more famous Polar explorers. Crean was a simple man from Ireland who wanted to escape the farm and go to sea. He rapidly rose to a position of trust and was known for his ability to survive in the harshest conditions. He was not selected to accompany Scott in his ill-fated trek to the Pole, but was responsible for hauling supplies and saving many expedition members from certain death. In the expedition with Shackleton, he exemplified his toughness by being one of three men to haul a boat over the ice and assisting the crew of the Endurance to get to Elephant Island. From there he, Shackleton and Worsley navigated over 900 miles to South Georgia Island. They then made a remarkable journey across the island to a whaling station. After a short respite the men traveled back to Elephant Island and rescued the rest of the crew. All the principals involved declared Crean to be the real hero of this epic adventure. After these exploits he settled back in Ireland to run a pub with his wife. I hope to visit this South Pole Inn some day. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 089886870X, Hardcover)

Tom Crean was a key figure and colorful member of three of the most famous polar expeditions and has had a glacier and a peak named after him.

·Will appeal to Shackleton buffs and fans of historical explorations
·Great for armchair adventurers who enjoy a ripping good yarn
·Popularity of this subject will stay fueled by media attention to big-budget television mini-series (A&E) and big- screen movie (Columbia Pictures) currently in the works

After this engaging, well-written biography sold more than 18,000 copies in Ireland in its first year, The Mountaineers Books jumped on the U.S. rights for its customers. Tom Crean was with Ernest Shackleton on the famous Endurance trip-and was one of the survivors of that phenomenal tale of, well, endurance. He was also on Robert Scott's two earlier polar explorations and he was key to the survival of his fellow explorers each time out. What is engaging about Crean--and this book--was that he was not unmoved by the hard decisions and hardships he and the rest of the crew faced, nor did he blindly follow orders, but he did what had to be done, and was loyal to his captains and his crewmates in the process.

The story of all three adventures of incredible courage and survival are told in this one 352-page volume.

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"Tom Crean was one of the greatest men from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration which produced many epic dramas of endurance, survival and tragedy. He ran away from his Irish home at fifteen to become a major figure on three expeditions to the ice with Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Scott." "But his extraordinary story was largely forgotten for decades until publication of An Unsung Hero, the best-selling biography by Michael Smith which brought Tom Crean's achievements to new audiences around the world and finally gave the modest, smiling Irishman the recognition that eluded him in life." "This pictorial anthology celebrates the exploits of Tom Crean through a series of photographs charting his life from early days on a Kerry farm, through decades of heroism in the Antarctic and back to retirement in Ireland. This collection of pictures, which has been assembled for the first time, includes many rare and largely unknown photographs taken under the most extreme conditions." "Michael Smith has complemented this photographic record with a fresh version of Crean's incredible story and a series of informative captions to accompany each image, which adds a new dimension to the exceptional tale of Tom Crean and presents a unique record of a truly extraordinary man."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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