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South: The Story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 Expedition (original 1919; edition 2012)

by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

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South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton (1919)

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A little tedious at times but an amazing account of the men who survived after their ship was crushed by ice and sunk in an Antarctic expedition. How only 3 men of 56 died is nothing short of astounding and Shackleton's leadership was a huge reason why the vast majority survived months of privation and horrendous conditions. ( )
  AliceAnna | May 10, 2015 |
As war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Ernest Shackleton led a daring expedition south to Antarctica. The expedition's goal was to cross Antarctica from one side to other, via the South Pole. This book is his personal account of three years' struggle.

Shackleton's writing, whilst not especially poetic, is deeply engaging. I read the whole book in slightly longer than a day, drawn in by images of frozen seas, men living on drifting ice floes for months at a time, and the many challenges of finding food (and not becoming a whale's lunch) in such a harsh environment. I was particularly struck by their absolute isolation; at a time when war was ravaging Europe, the expedition members had no idea what was happening back home for extended periods of time. The book also provides excellent perspective on how nature can so easily hinder the most ambitious of human endeavours.

Shackleton is a humble narrator, who makes no attempt to glorify his own actions and presents an intriguing story of adventure, survival, and blubber. He has utterly won me over - except, perhaps, regarding the merits of eating penguin. ( )
  pokarekareana | Jan 2, 2015 |
This is a great book regardless of the format. I thought the side notes would be better than they turned out to be, but they were still fun. The pics are ridiculously good! ( )
  untraveller | Nov 5, 2014 |
An absolutely riveting story of incredibly resourceful, heroic and courageous men. The privations were mind boggling in this most inhospitable corner of the world. Even then Shackleton was concerned about extinction of humpback whales. Shackleton was so amazingly knowledgeable about a diverse number of relevant subjects; weather, geography, geology, oceanography (especially in regards to sea ice - naturally) and sociology.

Lay in a supply of casseroles and get somebody else to ferry the kids back and forth to school for a few days because when you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down until you're done. ( )
  Clueless | Jul 8, 2013 |
The greatest adventure story ever, by one of the greatest leaders ever. ( )
  napgeorge | Apr 7, 2013 |
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Ernest Shackletonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurley, FrankPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cahill, TimForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, Catherine LauCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, LordIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I had decided to leave South Georgia about December 5, and in the intervals of final preparation scanned again the plans for the voyage to winter quarters.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451198808, Mass Market Paperback)

In 1914, as the shadow of war falls across Europe, a party led by veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton sets out to become the first to traverse the Antarctic continent. Their initial optimism is short-lived, however, as the ice field slowly thickens, encasing the ship Endurance in a death-grip, crushing their craft, and marooning 28 men on a ploar ice floe.

In an epic struggle of man versus the elements, Shackleton leads his team on a harrowing quest for survival over some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world. Icy, tempestuous seas full of gargantuan waves, mountainous glaciers and icebergs, unending brutal cold, and ever-looming starvation are their mortal foes as Shackleton and his men struggle to stay alive.

What happened to those brave men forever stands as a testament to their strength of will and the power of human endurance.

This is their story, as told by the man who led them.

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The story of the last Antarctic expedition of the ship Endurance.

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