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South: The Story Of Shackleton's Last Expedition - 1914-17.

Shackleton, Sir Ernest; King, Peter (editor).

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ISBN 10: 0943955505 / ISBN 13: 9780943955506
Published by Trafalgar Square Publishing, North Pomfert, 1991
Condition: Good Hardcover
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208 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. EXPLORATION. An account of what Shackleton called "the last great journey on earth": his Antarctic expedition in which the Endurance was crushed by the ice, and he and his men made a 600-mile trek across ice and ocean to solid land, and then a 700-mile journey in an open boat to South Georgia, followed by an epic crossing of the the unchartered mountains of that island. Highly illustrated with photographs from the expedition. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Sir Ernest Shackleton, Antarctica, South Georgia Island, Photography, Ships, Exploration, Peter King, Frank Worsley, Dogs, Icebergs, Tom Crean). Bookseller Inventory # 27009X1

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Title: South: The Story Of Shackleton's Last ...

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing, North Pomfert

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Reprint Edition..

Book Type: book

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In 1914, as Europe braces for an unfathomably deadly war, explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton sets sail for Antarctica to do the impossible: traverse the continent. He has a ship (the aptly named Endurance), a head brimming with optimism, and 28 men willing to follow him on an expedition across some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet. But Shackleton’s optimism doesn’t last long. Despite his experience in the Antarctic, disaster strikes early on when the Endurance is trapped in packed ice and slowly crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men off the ship and stranding them in a sea of ice.   

South is the legendary story of Shackleton and his crew’s struggle to survive the elements and return home alive. Written by Shackleton, South is a truly astonishing story of human fortitude. It is the story of a voyage that lasts nearly three years—a firsthand account of hurricane-force winds, subzero temperatures, glaciers, icebergs, freezing water, starvation, and lethal, terrifying storms. It is a tale unlike any to come before or since. Shackleton’s record of his journey made him famous around the world and transformed him into a symbol of achievement and hope in an age of darkness and war. 

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Soon after the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole in 1911, his Anglo-Irish rival, Sir Ernest Shackleton, sought to top the feat by making his way from one end of Antarctica to the other on sledge. He set off with a crew of 28, including scientists and a movie cameraman, but the voyage turned disastrous when Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, became hopelessly stuck in pack ice, throwing the men (and the dogs brought to pull the sledges) into a desperate battle for survival. South is Shackleton's own account--one of the critical sources for Alfred Lansing's bestseller Endurance--of what it was like to be "helpless intruders in a strange world," a vivid narrative in which tales of Edwardian pluck are counterpointed with lyrical accounts of whales, penguins, and bizarre mirages. This story of a group of men who beat nearly impossible odds to escape death and make their way home is one of the all-time great survival stories. --Robert McNamara

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