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The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

by Caroline Alexander, Frank Hurley (Photographer)

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Amazing photographs. ( )
  Suziere | Jan 24, 2016 |
This is what good nonfiction is all about. Author Alexander shows rather than tells the incredible story of Edward Shackelton's voyage on the Endurance. After being entrapped in ice, the crew live on the ship, the ship breaks up and sinks so the men move to ice floes, then set out in small boats, land at Elephant Island, in time, a smaller crew (incl. Shackleton) then sail to So. Georgia Island, march across the Island to the whaling villages on its opposite shore... after several attempts, a rescue ship is able to land at Elephant Island and the remaining crew are rescued. Through blizzards, rains, starvation, deprivations, and more: not a single life was lost The book is enhanced with superb pictures. A true tale of perseverance, tenacity, and courage. ( )
  mjspear | Jul 21, 2015 |
If you like true adventure tales, this should be on your to-read list. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
If you like true adventure tales, this should be on your to-read list. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
I recommend this book for anyone in the midst of a very trying time in their life. It delivers perspective at its finest. The fact that every member of the crew survived this nightmare is unarguably a testament to Shackleton's commitment to leadership, life and his ability to inspire faith. These were not all men who were amiable social butterflies by nature, not by any stretch. No one is uplifted in the destruction of innocent animals or watching their ship, their shelter, their ticket home and all its contents, crushed and devoured by ice. Yet, he so gracefully convinced them to remain positive in the face of their cold stark circumstances and focused on their common goal - getting home. Whatever you are facing, this story will give you strength, albeit through tears and a bit of laughter. ( )
  drhichamriba | Feb 18, 2014 |
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Melding superb research and the extraordinary expedition photography of Frank Hurley, The Endurance by Caroline Alexander is a stunning work of history, adventure, and art which chronicles "one of the greatest epics of survival in the annals of exploration." Setting sail as World War I broke out in Europe, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, hoped to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent. But their ship, Endurance, was trapped in the drifting pack ice, eventually to splinter, leaving the expedition stranded on floes--a situation that seemed "not merely desperate but impossible."

Most skillfully Alexander constructs the expedition's character through its personalities--the cast of veteran explorers, scientists, and crew--with aid from many previously unavailable journals and documents. We learn, for instance, that carpenter and shipwright Henry McNish, or "Chippy," was "neither sweet-tempered nor tolerant," and that Mrs. Chippy, his cat, was "full of character." Such firsthand descriptions, paired with 170 of Frank Hurley's intimate photographs, which are comprehensively assembled here for the first time, penetrate the hulls of the Endurance and these tough men. The account successfully reveals the seldom-seen domestic world of expedition life--the singsongs, feasts, lectures, camaraderie--so that when the hardships set in, we know these people beyond the stereotypical guise of mere explorers and long for their safety.

Alexander reveals Shackleton as an inspiring optimist, "a leader who put his men first." Throughout the grueling ordeal, Shackleton and his men show what endurance and greatness are all about. The Endurance is a most intimate portrait of an expedition and of survival. Readers will possess a newfound respect for these daring souls, know better their unthinkable toil and half-forgotten realm of glory. --Byron Ricks

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Provides an account of the Shackleton expedition of 1914, during which explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven set out to cross the Antarctic continent on foot, only to have their ship, Endurance, break up eighty-five miles short of their destination, leaving them stranded for close to two years. Includes a photographic record of the adventure.… (more)

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