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Mawson's Antarctic Diaries

by Douglas Mawson

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Sir Douglas Mawson, Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer, made four trips to the Antarctic during his long and storied career. He traveled south in 1907 with Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition; in 1911 as leader of the Australasian Antarctic expedition; and twice between 1929 and 1931 as leader of the British, Australian, and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition. Gathered here are Mawson's diaries from each of these four trips, volumes which provide an intimate perspective on the stress and conflicts inherent to each journey, their achievements and failures, joys and tragedies. Gripping and unrestrained, this is a revealing look at one of history's most daring adventurers.… (more)
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This book was actually given to me by Patricia Thomas & Jessica McEwin, the two daughters of Douglas Mawson & Paquita Delprat. Obviously, this review cannot be totally unpartial...
One has to read this book to understand the unbelievable courage Douglas Mawson had to find to stand the death of his two companions over his fatal exploration of the Antarctic coast east of his wintering quarters, & his lone journey back to the hut, over several hundred kilometres of crevassed icecap. Really riveting. ( )
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Sir Douglas Mawson, Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer, made four trips to the Antarctic during his long and storied career. He traveled south in 1907 with Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition; in 1911 as leader of the Australasian Antarctic expedition; and twice between 1929 and 1931 as leader of the British, Australian, and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition. Gathered here are Mawson's diaries from each of these four trips, volumes which provide an intimate perspective on the stress and conflicts inherent to each journey, their achievements and failures, joys and tragedies. Gripping and unrestrained, this is a revealing look at one of history's most daring adventurers.

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