Author: Ernest Shackleton
Paperback: 380 pages
His destination Antarctica, his expectations high, veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set out, on the eve of the first world war, in pursuit of his goal to lead the first expedition across the last unknown continent. Instead, his ship, the Endurance, became locked in the sea ice, and for nine months Shackleton fought a losing battle with the elements before the drifting ship was crushed and his crew marooned.
Shackleton's gripping account of his incredible voyage follows him and his men across 600 miles of unstable ice floes to a barren rock called Elephant island. It records how, with a crew of four, he crossed 850 miles of the worst seas in a twenty-two-foot long open boat and how, after landing on South Georgia Island, they then had to traverse over twenty miles of mountainous terrain to reach the nearest outpost of civilization. Shackleton recounts, too, the efforts of his support party aboard the Aurora, who in temperatures of minus 50 degrees f and winds of 80 mph still managed to drop off supplies on the opposite side of the continent, little suspecting the fate of the Enduranec and the ordeal of its crew.
An astonishing story that explores the limits of unparalleled human courage - and the chief source for Alfred Lansing's bestselling Endurance - Shackleton's South ranks among history's greatest adventures. The harrowing experience recounted in Shackleton's memoir is also strikingly illustrated with eighty-eight diagrams and original photographs taken in the course of this incredible voyage.
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