Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written

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Steerforth Press, 2000 - History - 261 pages
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MAWSON'S WILL is the dramatic story of what Sir Edmund Hillary calls "the most outstanding solo journey ever recorded in Antarctic history." For weeks in Antarctica, Douglas Mawson faced some of the most daunting conditions ever known to man: blistering wind, snow, and cold; loss of his companion, his dogs and supplies, the skin on his hands and the soles of his feet; thirst, starvation, disease, snowblindness - and he survived.
Sir Douglas Mawson is remembered as the young Australian who would not go to the South Pole with Robert Scott in 1911, choosing instead to lead his own expedition on the less glamorous mission of charting nearly 1,500 miles of Antarctic coastline and claiming its resources for the British Crown. His party of three set out through the mountains across glaciers in 60-mile-per-hour winds. Six weeks and 320 miles out, one man fell into a crevasse, along with the tent, most of the equipment, all of the dogs' food, and all except a week's supply of the men's provisions.
Mawson's Will is the unforgettable story of one man's ingenious practicality and unbreakable spirit and how he continued his meticulous scientific observations even in the face of death. When the expedition was over, Mawson had added more territory to the Antarctic map than anyone else of his time. Thanks to Bickel's moving account, Mawson can be remembered for the vision and dedication that make him one of the world's great explorers.
"A riveting account . . . makes Mawson's achievement a symbol of the desire to live." -- "The New York Times Book Review
"A powerful reading experience." -- "Publishers Weekly
  

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Review: Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written

User Review  - Heather Buelow - Goodreads

Well written and full of excitement. Author doesn't over-quote the explorers' journals, and weaves an excellent, captivating narrative. Read full review

Review: Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written

User Review  - Dannysoms - Goodreads

Poorly written, this book jumps from one expedition to another. Explorers are introduced and then dropped off the page. The reader is pulled from meetings into flashbacks of explorations. It was ... Read full review

Contents

The Two Tents
3
The Cruel Continent
7
The Assault
13
The Rejected Invitation
25
Driven Westward
37
The Kingdom of Blizzards
53
The Winter of Intent
67
Outward Bound
83
Diet of Dog
145
Cross in the Snow
163
One Pair of Feet
177
Corpse in a Crevasse
189
A Colored Bag
203
Aladdins Beacon
223
A Winter to Wait
231
The Contract Stands
249

Discovery and Death
95
In Peril on the Ice
117
Authors Note
259
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About the author (2000)

Australian author Lennard Bickel reconstructed Mawson's journey from the diaries of Mawson and other members of his expedition. He is the author of seven books, including Shackleton's Forgotten Men.

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