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South: The Last Antarctic Expedition o/Shackleton, Er/Paper/1599213230/S009-F
This first-person account of the Endurance crew's famed odyssey across the frozen Antarctic is one of the most amazing adventure stories ever.
In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men set our to make the first sea-to-sea crossing of the most inhospitable continent on earth. One year later, halfway, to their objective and their ship destroyed by ice, the expedition began an unbelievable journey back to the fringe of civilization. South is their story of battles against incredible obstacles for nearly two years, surviving on ice floes, sailing hundreds of miles on tumultuous seas, battling the unimaginable cold of the Antarctic winter, enduring debilitating hunger, injury, and misfortune, and finally overcoming improbable odds to reach help.
As Shackleton himself wrote at the time of the book's original publication in 1920, this is "a book of high adventure, strenuous days and lonely nights, unique experiences, and, above all, records of unflinching determination, supreme loyalty, and generous self-sacrifice on the part of my men". It is a story that resonates to this day as the classic tale of survival, resolve, and leadership. Alfred Lansing's Endurance made the journey famous; Shackleton's book brings it dramatically to life.
The legendary expedition leader eloquently narrates his torturous two-year odyssey after his ship Endurance was crushed by a sea of ice in 1915. Shackleton and his crew confronted the most desolate place on earth--the frozen Antarctic wasteland and a thousand miles in an open boat- -battling constant cold, hunger, hardship, and despair as they struggled toward the unknown. Shackleton's gripping personal account, originally published in 1919, includes 85 photographs of this monumental achievement, an enduring story of the strength of the human spirit.