A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 13, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 269 pages
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On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier finally found what they sought -- the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between those of two fellow explorers. They had died just eleven miles from the depot of supplies that might have saved them. The remaining two members of the party were nowhere in sight, but Scott's eloquent diary revealed their nightmarishly similar fate. It is a story that continues to haunt the popular imagination, and which has never been told more grippingly or with greater compassion than in this book.
 

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A FIRST RATE TRAGEDY: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole

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An imaginative, sympathetic biography of the famous and ill-fated Antarctic explorer. English biographer Preston, author of a life of Bonnie Prince Charlie (The Road to Culloden Moor, not reviewed ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Early Heats of the Great Race
9
Scott The Early Days
19
Ready Aye Ready
28
Childe Harold to the Dark Tower Came
41
Poor Old Shackleton
57
Little Human Insects
70
The Reluctant Celebrity
80
A Matter of Honour
103
AmGoing South Amundsen
123
Stewed Penguin Breast and Plum Pudding
132
Winter
149
Miserable Utterly Miserable
157
What Castles One Builds
173
i5 God Help Us
187
We Have Got to Face It Now
206

Captain Scott in Love
90

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Diana Preston, a historian and broadcaster, is the author of the Road to Culloden Moor, a life of Bonnie Prince Charlie. She lives in London, England.

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