Endurance

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000 - Antarctica - 277 pages
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'Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew make today's hightech adventurers look like dilettantes. Their interminable voyage across frozen land and open sea is one of the most harrowing survival stories of all time.' Sebastian Junger, author of the bestselling The Perfect Storm. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board the Endurance. The object of the expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in ice. For seventeen months Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs and then on the stormiest seas on the globe, were castaways in this most savage region of the world. Frank Hurley, the photographer of the expedition, documented their struggles, miraculously saving his negatives and photographs from destruction at each stage of their journey. His photographs illustrate the dramatic, terrible beauty of the lands with which they were contending. They also provide an unsurpassable insight into the extraordinary spirit of Shackleton and his crew, and their extraordinary indefatigability and lasting civility towards one another in the most adverse conditions. Lansing's gripping narrative, based on firsthand accounts of crew members and interviews with survivors, vividly describes how the men lived together in camps on the ice until they reached land, how they were attacked by sea leopards, ate sea lion and polar bear, developed frostbite (an operation to amputate the foot of one member of the crew was carried out on the ice), and finally embarked on a 850-mile voyage in a 22-foot open lifeboat to find help.

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The writing is straight forward and easy to read. - Goodreads
Three "meals" a day throughout the entire ordeal. - Goodreads
Well written and researched. - Goodreads
Amazing! Highly educational. - Goodreads
The ending of the book was a bit abrupt though. - Goodreads
The pictures alone merit a five star rating! - Goodreads

Review: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

My husband and I listened to an audio CD while driving across country. Honestly, I have few words for this book except wow! Really spoke about what an amazing leader Shackleton was like. It kept our interest for many miles! Should be required reading for middle school kids! Read full review

Review: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

I'm not into survival books, really, but it's hard not to be pretty floored by this story. Full of fascinating details and impressive displays of, well, endurance. A solid read. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Alfred Lansing a journalist and a freelance writer. Endurance was his first book. He died in 1975.Frank Hurley was an Australian photographer. From 1911-14 he accompanied Douglas Mawson on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition and was one of the party that sledged to the South Pole. On his return he was recruited on to Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition. He died in Sydney in 1962 at the age of 71.

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