Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition: The Voyage of the Nimrod

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2005 - History - 384 pages
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Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition is the story of Ernest Shackleton's epic journey toward the South Pole. Lacking funds and plagued by hunger, cruel weather, and unpredictable terrain, Shackleton and his party accomplished some of the most remarkable feats in the history of exploration. Not only were members of the expedition the first to climb the active volcano Mount Erebus and the first to reach the South Magnetic Pole, but Shackleton himself led a party of four that trudged hundreds of miles across uncharted wastelands and up to the terrible Antarctic Plateau to plant the Union Jack only ninety-seven miles from the South Pole itself. Based on extensive research and first-hand accounts Riffenburgh makes the expedition vivid while providing fascinating insight into the age of British exploration and Empire.

 

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User Review  - wascanalib - LibraryThing

Detailed account of Shackleton's second trip to Antarctica. Provides a good overview of the politics and personalities of early 20th century exploration, and illuminates Shackleton's far less known, but far more productive, 1907-1909 trip to the frozen continent. Read full review

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User Review  - Zedrick - Goodreads

strangely non-engaging. I didn't feel close to the subject, Ernest Shackleton. An amazing adventure requires more skillful handling. Riffenburgh's prose was not up to the challenge. Still valuable for ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
A Product of Empire
15
Life at Sea Love on Land
29
War or an Unknown Place?
41
The Making of
53
The Great White South
63
The Southern Journey
75
A Square Peg and a Round Hole
91
Waiting Out the Winter
181
Across the Great Ice Barrier
195
The Western Party
211
Nearest the Pole
221
The Wandering Pole
235
Forced March
251
Rescue
265
Heroes Return 779
279

A Soul Whipped on by the Wanderfire
105
Nimrod
117
Underway at Last
129
A Promise Broken
143
Cape Royds
157
New Worlds to Conquer
169
Epilogue 797
297
Glossary
313
117
325
Bibliography
337
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Beau Riffenburgh is a historian specializing in exploration. A native of California, he earned his doctorate at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, where he is currently the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the critically praised The Myth of the Explorer and editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.

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