The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition
This is a very well balanced and meticulously researched book. It shows beyond doubt how false and shallow have been the many malicious and blinkered ... Show synopsis This is a very well balanced and meticulously researched book. It shows beyond doubt how false and shallow have been the many malicious and blinkered books and lms in their bland condemnation of Captain Scott as a bumbler and inept leader. Quite the opposite was actually true, and The Coldest March goes a long way to putting polar history right and thereby to killing off the vicious myth about one of Britain's great explorers. -Sir Ranulph Fiennes 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. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale. -Robert Falcon Scott, written after travelling for weeks in daily temperatures below -35 F. The Coldest March tells the tragic story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his British team who in November 1911 began a trek across the snows of Antarctica, striving to be the rst to reach the South Pole. After marching and skiing more than nine hundred miles, the men reached the Pole in January 1912, only to suffer the terrible realisation that a group of ve Norwegians had been there about a month earlier. Scott and his four companions died on the return journey. Whether they were courageous heroes or tragic incompetents has been debated ever since. Susan Solomon brings a scienti c perspective to her understanding of the men of the expedition, their agonising struggle, and the reasons for their deaths. Drawing on extensive meteorological data and on her personal knowledge of the Antarctic, she depicts in detail the sights, sounds, legends and ferocious weather of that singular place. She reaches the startling conclusion that the polar party was struck down by exceptionally frigid weather-a rare misfortune that confounded the men's meticulous predictions of what to expect. This poignant and beautifully written book restores Scott and his men to the place of honour they deserve.