Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

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Turtleback Books, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. When Endurance broke apart and sank, the expedition survived another five months camping on ice floes, followed by a perilous journey through stormy seas to remote and unvisited Elephant Island. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat to fetch a rescue ship.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly re-creates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history. Jennifer Armstrong narrates this unbelievable story with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than 40 of which are reproduced here.

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A very comprehensive account of one of the most important scientific and cultural expeditions in the western world--the third exploration of Antarctica, in 1914. This text captures the emotions, strengths and weaknesses of the 28-man crew as individuals, their trials and conflicts, and gives an excellent account of the difficulties that through collective will they conquered. The conditions they faced--blizzards with 80 to 100-mile-an-hour winds, ice floes that surrounded and eventually crushed their ship, the Endurance, hostile animals, such as a snow leopard, near-starvation, frostbite, and even having to shoot and eat their sled dogs. Yet this crew endured, due largely to Ernest Shackleton's leadership, characterized as respect for all, peacemaker, and one who was calm and collected under the most stressful conditions.
Dave Earnhardt, secondary English teacher, Centennial, Colorado

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Jennifer Armstrong, a noted author of historical fiction, including "Black-Eyed Susan" & "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan", lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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