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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (original 1959; edition 1999)

by Alfred Lansing

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Title:Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Authors:Alfred Lansing
Info:Tyndale House (1999), Paperback, 247 pages
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Tags:Paperback, Antarctica, Travel

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (1959)

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    The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven (John_Vaughan)
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    Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado (caimanjosh)
    caimanjosh: This book clearly is somewhat different - there's no sea journeying involved - yet the themes of enduring terrible suffering and overcoming incredible hardships to effect a rescue of one's comrades are the same. Both are the most inspiring stories about the human spirit that I've ever read.… (more)
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    The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander (chrisharpe)
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    Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition by Richard Parry (Pondlife)
    Pondlife: Endurance shows the positive effects of a great leader; trial by ice shows the negative effects of weak leadership.
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    Shackleton's Boat Journey by Frank Arthur Worsley (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: An account of the same journey by Endurance's Captain Worsley.
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    South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton (chrisharpe)
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    Men Against the Sea: A Novel by Charles Nordhoff (WildMaggie)
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    The Odyssey by Homer (BookWallah)
    BookWallah: Odysseus & Shackleton both had travails getting home from their epic voyages. Differences in their stories: The former’s took 17 years, lost all his men, & was told as epic poetry. The latter’s took 16 months, saved all his men, & is told as gripping biography.… (more)

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Discussed on the A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, Episode 116.

http://agoodstoryishardtofind.blogspot.com/2015/09/good-story-116-endurance.html ( )
  ScottDDanielson | Oct 15, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. Quite an amazing feat of determination and survival in one of the harshest places on earth.

Definitely recommended if you like this branch (explorers) of history or just a solid tale of human perseverance.
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  Industrialstr | Aug 7, 2015 |
Intense survival tale. I was only vaguely acquainted with the story; however, this made it all very vivid and intense. ( )
  Nero56 | Jul 12, 2015 |
There has never been a better title for a book. It is truly incredible what the men endured over the two years of the expedition. Several things stood out to me. One was the reported attitude of the crew. Even though they struggled and had their ups and downs, it was said that they complained very little and generally got along well. They obeyed orders and shared. For example, one morning, one of the men spilled his ration of powdered milk. There wasn't enough water ration to make more for him. One by one, each of the other men around him gave him a bit of their milk so that he would have something to drink. Another thing that stood out to me was the sheer miracle of their survival. The number of times the ice split under their feet, that they nearly ran out of food, that the weather was terrible, that waves overwhelmed their boats, that they managed to land on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere in the midst of reefs and glaciers and wind that changed directions and often was not in agreement with the ocean currents, that there was a way to survive there until help could arrive. I still can't get my head around the journey of the James Caird from Elephant Island to South Georgia. Through all of the struggle and hardship, they didn't lose a single man. A truly remarkable story and beautifully read by Simon Prebble. ( )
  nittnut | Jun 18, 2015 |
What a story! I had a vague idea of who Ernest Shackleton was (someone who did something in the cold) but no idea of what the goal of his expedition had been nor what had happened to him and the 27 men under his command. The whole story is a series of terrible events, bad luck, indomitable human will, great leadership, and finally, some good luck. What these men endured is unbelievable, and Lansing has weaved together the history and first-person accounts into a thrilling and emotional narrative. The audio version is read by Simon Prebble, who is pretty near perfect. Very much recommended! ( )
5 vote katiekrug | Apr 22, 2015 |
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The order to abandon ship was given at 5 P.M.
The time for hesitation was past, and Shackleton swung himself over the side. Working furiously, he began to cut steps in the face of the cliff, descending slowly, a foot at a time. A bitter chill had come into the air, and the sun was nearly down. Gradually they were getting lower, but it was maddeningly slow progress. After thirty minutes, the ice-hard surface of the snow grew softer, indicating that the grade was not quite so steep. Shackleton stopped short. He seemed to realize all at once the futility of what he was doing. At the rate they were going it would take hours to make the descent. Furthermore, it was probably too late to turn back. He hacked out a small platform with the adz, then called to the others to come down. There was no need to explain the situation. Speaking rapidly, Shackleton said simply that they faced a clear-cut choice: If they stayed where they were, they would freeze-in an hour, maybe two, maybe more. They had to get lower-and with all possible haste. So he suggested they slide. Worsley and Crean were stunned-especially for such an insane solution to be coming from Shackleton. But he wasn’t joking…he wasn’t even smiling. He meant it-and they knew it. But what if they hit a rock, Crean wanted to know. Could they stay where they were, Shackleton replied, his voice rising. The slope, Worsley argued. What if it didn’t level off? What if there were another precipice? Shackleton’s patience was going. Again he demanded-could they stay where they were? Obviously they could not, and Worsley and Crean reluctantly were forced to admit it. Nor was there really any other way of getting down. And so the decision was made. Shackleton said they would slide as a unit, holding onto one another. They quickly sat down and untied the rope which held them together. Each of them coiled up his share to form a mat. Worsley locked his legs around Shackleton’s waist and put his arms around Shackleton’s neck. Crean did the same with Worsley. They looked like three tobogganers without a toboggan. Altogether it took a little more than a minute, and Shackleton did not permit any time for reflection. When they were ready, he kicked off. In the next instant their hearts stopped beating. They seemed to hang poised for a split second, then suddenly the wind was shrieking in their ears, and a white blur of snow tore past. Down…down…they screamed – not in terror necessarily, but simply because they couldn’t help it. It was squeezed out of them by the rapidly mounting pressure in their ears and against their chests. Faster and faster – down … down …down! Then they shot forward onto the level, and their speed began to slacken. A moment later they came to an abrupt halt in a snowbank. The three men picked themselves up. They were breathless and their hearts were beating wildly. But they found themselves laughing uncontrollably. What had been a terrifying prospect possibly a hundred seconds before had turned into a breath-taking triumph.
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In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endurance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventually was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most savage regions of the world before they were finally able to set sail again in one of the ship's lifeboats. Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a white-knuckle account of this astounding odyssey.

Through the diaries of team members and interviews with survivors, Lansing reconstructs the months of terror and hardship the Endurance crew suffered. In October of 1915, there "were no helicopters, no Weasels, no Sno-Cats, no suitable planes. Thus their plight was naked and terrifying in its simplicity. If they were to get out--they had to get themselves out." How Shackleton did indeed get them out without the loss of a single life is at the heart of Lansing's magnificent true-life adventure tale.

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The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Schackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as "Time" magazine put it, "defined heroism". Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book--with over 200,000 copies sold--has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the "Endurance's" fateful trip.… (more)

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