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Alfred Lansing (1921–1975)

Author of Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

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About the Author

Editor and author Alfred Lansing is best known for Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, a historical account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 voyage to Antarctica, written for a young adult audience. Using diaries of expedition members and interviews with those still living, Lansing tells the show more story of the expedition, which met with disaster when their ship, the Endurance, was surrounded and eventually crushed by ice, leaving Shackleton and his crew trapped on the ice floes for five months before they were able to escape to open water in one of the lifeboats. In 1960, Lansing received both the Christopher Award and the Secondary Education Board's Book Award for Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Alfred Lansing was born in Chicago in 1921. He served in the U.S. Navy throughout World War II, receiving the Purple Heart. Upon leaving the Navy in 1946, he returned to school, attending North Park College for two years and then transferring to Northwestern University. He worked as a writer for United Press and for Collier's magazine, as a freelance writer, and later as an editor for Time, Inc. Books. Lansing died in 1975. He and his wife, Barbara, whom he married in 1955, had two children. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks (1997) — Contributor — 174 copies

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Birthdate
1921-07-21
Date of death
1975-01-01
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Michigan, USA
Places of residence
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Education
Northwestern University
North Park College
Occupations
journalist
Organizations
United Press
US Navy (WWII)

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Everything about this story is bananas. They had so many firsts, purely in an effort to survive. I couldn't stop reading when I got to the final section of the book.
 
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ohheybrian | 123 other reviews | Dec 29, 2023 |
Truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. A little slow at the beginning but then I couldn’t put it down.
 
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kevindern | 123 other reviews | Oct 27, 2023 |
I was a little apprehensive to read a book written 60 years ago about events that happened 100 ago (would the language be boring?) but it was incredible. I heard about it from my husband so even knowing much of what happens and how it ends, it was still amazingly captivating. I remarked to him that if someone had tried writing these events as a fiction book the editor and/or the public would have trashed the book because of how unbelievable it was - but this really happened. Any of this would have been my own personal hell and if I had been a member of this crew I would have moved to the desert and become a vegetarian I think!

I don't read a lot of non-fiction but I really highly recommend this!
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Fatula | 123 other reviews | Sep 25, 2023 |
Highly recommended by my EWS FACAD. Read this book via audiobook while training for a marathon in Quantico while at EWS. Made training much easier when in comparison with the trials and tribulations of Shackleton and his crew. Incredible read that I highly recommend anyone with any reading interests to enjoy.
 
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