Adventure, shipwreck, storms and survival on the high seas. ENDURANCE is the story of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance. The object of the expedition was to cross the Antarctic ...
Adventure, shipwreck, storms and survival on the high seas. ENDURANCE is the story of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance. The object of the expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in ice. For five months Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways on one of the most savage regions of the world. This utterly gripping book, based on first-hand accounts of crew members and interviews with survivors, describes how the men survived, how they lived together in camps on the ice for 17 months until they reached land, how they were attacked by sea leopards, the diseases which they developed, and the indefatigability of the men and their lasting civility towards one another in the most adverse conditions conceivable.
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If you like adventure stories, you'll enjoy this book. How this was organized, managed, and endured is amazing. You'll want to stay warm while reading it!
Jan 27, 2014
The title of this book says it all. I first read this book in Jr. High school and it tore me apart. People today have no conception of what those who went before went through just to survive. The fairly recent revival of interest in Shackleton and his voyage serves to show us today what can be done. Many of those who die in extreme conditions do so because they just give up. This book is worth reading and owning just to get a new perspective on life. I was thrilled to find a copy and at 71 years I still find inspiration in the story.
Mar 22, 2012
These were very strong men who had the mentality to survive in extreme cold and with almost no food and shelter.
Jan 27, 2011
This is one of those books everyone should have on their book shelf.
Aug 20, 2008
This is amazing true story of survival and determination of Ernst Shackleton and the crew of the ship, Endurance. While Shackleton wanted to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent, he and his crew ended up on an even more difficult and incredible trek. It is an inspiring story that demonstrates Shackleton?s indomitable determination to survive, and ensure his crew?s survival, that turns this failed expedition into a remarkable tale of heroism. Lansing's gripping narrative will make it difficult to put down.
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