'Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew make today's hightech adventurers look like dilettantes. Their interminable voyage across frozen land and open sea is one of the most harrowing survival stories of all time.' Sebastian Junger, author of the bestselling The Perfect Storm. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board 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 ...
'Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew make today's hightech adventurers look like dilettantes. Their interminable voyage across frozen land and open sea is one of the most harrowing survival stories of all time.' Sebastian Junger, author of the bestselling The Perfect Storm. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board 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 seventeen months Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs and then on the stormiest seas on the globe, were castaways in this most savage region of the world. Frank Hurley, the photographer of the expedition, documented their struggles, miraculously saving his negatives and photographs from destruction at each stage of their journey. His photographs illustrate the dramatic, terrible beauty of the lands with which they were contending. They also provide an unsurpassable insight into the extraordinary spirit of Shackleton and his crew, and their extraordinary indefatigability and lasting civility towards one another in the most adverse conditions. Lansing's gripping narrative, based on firsthand accounts of crew members and interviews with survivors, vividly describes how the men lived together in camps on the ice until they reached land, how they were attacked by sea leopards, ate sea lion and polar bear, developed frostbite (an operation to amputate the foot of one member of the crew was carried out on the ice), and finally embarked on a 850-mile voyage in a 22-foot open lifeboat to find help.
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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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