Racing With Death: Douglas Mawson - Antarctic Explorer

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Feb 11, 2013 - History - 288 pages
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Scott, Shackleton and Mawson were the three great explorers of the Edwardian age. Now Beau Riffenburgh tells the forgotten story of Douglas Mawson and his death-defying expedition of 1911-14. A key member of Ernest Shackleton's famous Nimrod Expedition, Mawson led his own Australasian Antarctic Expedition. However, following the tragic deaths of the other members of his sledging party, he was left to struggle the hundreds of miles back to base alone, only to find that the relief ship had sailed away, leaving him to face another year in Antarctica. Having survived with a small band of men against incredible odds, he later led a groundbreaking two-year expedition which explored hundreds of miles of unknown coastline. Mawson's is a story of true heroism and a fascinating insight into the human psyche under extreme duress.
 

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Contents

Preface
The Other Pole
Australasian Antarctic Expedition
The Only Available Place
Hurricane Force
Start the Sledging
A Far Eastern Tragedy
Racing with Death
The Long Wait
A Hero at War and Peace
Colouring Antarctica
Science or Politics?
A Final Visit
Antarctica from Australia
Glossary
Acknowledgements

Alone
Abandoned
Notes
Copyright

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Beau Riffenburgh is an historian specialising in exploration, particularly that of the Antarctic, Arctic, and Africa. Born in California, he earned his doctorate at Cambridge University, following which he joined the staff at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where he served for 14 years as the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the highly regarded Nimrod: Ernest Shackleton and the Extraordinary Story of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition and The Myth of the Explorer. He also served as Editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.

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