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

Preston, Diana

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ISBN 10: 0395933498 / ISBN 13: 9780395933497
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA, 1998
Condition: very good, very good
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269, illus., maps, sources and references, bibliography, index. Why did Scott's meticulously laid plans end in disaster while his rival Norwegian Amundsen returned home safely after reaching the pole? On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier found the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between the bodies of two fellow explorers. They had died just 11 miles from the depot of supplies which might have saved them. The remaining two members of the party were nowhere in sight, but Scott's eloquent diary soonrevealed their fate. Bookseller Inventory # 40450

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Title: A First-Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First U.S. Edition.

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Examines the ill-fated South Pole expedition of Scott and four other men in 1910, revealing the perseverance, courage, and spirit of the explorers, their haunting demise, and the discovery made by the rescue party in 1912.


British explorer Robert F. Scott spent three years exploring the Antarctic, returning to England a hero in 1904. His ambition was to be the first man to reach the South Pole, and he overcame innumerable obstacles to assemble another expedition, which left in 1910. Scott and three of his men did reach the pole, only to discover that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had been there only five weeks earlier. Slightly more than two months later, Scott and his companions died in their tents, their bodies--and Scott's diaries--found eight months later by a search party. This account of Scott, having followed the explorer from childhood through his naval training and marriage, gives us at the end not only a national symbol but a fully developed tragic hero. Diana Preston commendably ventures beyond the longstanding myth, including material that shows how Scott's decisions and faulty judgements ultimately sealed his fate.

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