Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals

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A fascinating, intimate look at a legendary expedition Robert Scott's final journey to the South Pole has been called one of history's greatest tales of adventure, and in his journals this extraordinary mission is recorded in vivid detail; readers are carried with Scott and his companions until the final entry on March 29th, 1912. Scott's writing is a harrowing narration of an expedition filled with drama and cruel disappointment. In his conversational entries there is fascinating insight into the character of an icon of courage and adventure. Abridged.

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In November 1910, a ship called Terra Nova left New Zealand on its way south to Antarctica. On board was an international team of explorers led by Robert Falcon Scott, a man determined to be the first to reach the South Pole. A year and a half later, Scott and three members of his team died during a brutal blizzard. Their dream of reaching the Pole first had already been dashed by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, and now on their return trip--slowed by ill health and bad weather--Scott's party found themselves trapped in a tent without sufficient provisions, while the wind howled endlessly outside. Even in his final hours, Scott found the strength to continue the journal he'd started at the beginning of his adventures; the diary was found beside his frozen body.

Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals is the explorer's detailed account of his time in Antarctica. The team's daily progress towards their final goal is recorded in Scott's vivid, personal narrative, as well as his impressions of the harsh conditions, the stark beauty of the tundra, and his own increasingly desperate ambition to beat his rivals to the Pole. Shortly before he died, Scott wrote: "Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman." Robert Falcon Scott and his men died, but their story lives on in his journals.

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Robert Scott (1868–1912) was a British explorer who led two expeditions to the South Pole. David Horovitch is a British actor. 

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