Tom Crean: An Illustrated Life : Unsing Hero of the Scott and Shackleton Expeditions

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Collins, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 193 pages
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Tom Crean was one of the greatest men from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration which produced many epic dramas of endurance, survival and tragedy. He ran away from his Irish home at fifteen to become a major figure on three expeditions to the ice with Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Scott.
But his extraordinary story was largely forgotten for decades until publication of An Unsung Hero, the best-selling biography by Michael Smith which brought Tom Crean's achievements to new audiences around the world and finally gave the modest, smiling Irishman the recognition that eluded him in life.
This pictorial anthology celebrates the exploits of Tom Crean through a series of photographs charting his life from early days on a Kerry farm, through decades of heroism in the Antarctic and back to retirement in Ireland. This collection of pictures, which has been assembled for the first time, includes many rare and largely unknown photographs taken under the most extreme conditions.
Michael Smith has complemented this photographic record with a fresh version of Crean's incredible story and a series of informative captions to accompany each image, which adds a new dimension to the exceptional tale of Tom Crean and presents a unique record of a truly extraordinary man.

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