The Heart of the Antarctic: The Farthest South Expedition 1907-1909

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Signet, 2000 - History - 411 pages
In 1907, veteran Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton launched an attempt to reach the South Pole. It was a trek into the vast unknown -- a supreme test of man's endurance, in the most hostile environment on Earth.

The party encountered obstacles from the start as the overloaded Nimrod was tossed in the icy, turbulent waters. But Shackleton and his men succeeded in ascending the 13,000-foot volcanic Mount Erebus, reaching the magnetic South Pole, and penetrating deeper into the continent than anyone had before. They defied death every step of the way -- traversing crevasse-riddled glaciers, facing constant exhaustion from short rations, combating snow blindness, sub-zero temperatures, and sudden blizzards -- and hauling hundreds of pounds of supplies over the frozen wasteland after the death of their Manchurian ponies.

Then, only ninety-seven miles from achieving the dream, Shackleton and his party had to abandon their quest and execute a desperate forced march to reach the Nimrod before its departure date -- or face being marooned on the ice....

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Volume 1, by E.S. was excellent. Volume 2, primarily by professor David and Mawson, was not even close in quality. Twas still quite interesting, though nowhere near the stuff of "South". My copy is the 2 volume first edition produced in 1909. Read full review

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Sir Ernest Shackleton, C.V.O. (1874-1922) is regarded as perhaps the greatest of all Antarctic explorers. He was a member of Captain Scott's 1901-1903 expedition to the South Pole, and in 1907 led his own expedition on the whaler Nimrod, coming within ninety-seven miles of the South Pole, the feat for which he was knighted. The events of that expedition are chronicled in his first book, The Heart of the Antarctic. He is considered one of England's greatest heroes for his actions during the ill-fated Endurance expedition, leading all of his men to safety after being marooned for two years on the polar ice. South is his recounting of this expedition. He died at age forty-seven during his final expedition, and was buried in the whaler's cemetary on South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic.

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