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In Augustdays before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize xlexander the history of exploration: Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eigh In Augustdays before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack.
Soon the ship was crushed atrxpados matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue. Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton’s expedition–one of history’s greatest epics of survival.
And she presents the astonishing work of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visual record of the adventure has never before been published comprehensively.
Together, text and image re-create the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew’s heroic daily struggle to stay alive, a miracle achieved largely through Shackleton’s inspiring leadership. The survival of Hurley’s remarkable images is scarcely less miraculous: The original glass plate negatives, from which most of the book’s illustrations are superbly reproduced, were stored in hermetically sealed cannisters that survived months on the ice ateapados, a week in an aoexander boat on the polar seas, and several more months buried in the snows of a rocky outcrop called Elephant Island.
Finally Hurley was forced to abandon his professional equipment; he captured some of the most unforgettable images of the struggle with a pocket camera and three rolls of Kodak film. Published in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History’s landmark exhibition on Shackleton’s journey, The Endurance thrillingly recounts one of the last great adventures in the Heroic Age of exploration–perhaps the greatest of them all. Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Booket first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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As a big fan of Alfred Alexaneer version of the story, I had to read this one too. It is a worthy complement to Lansing’s “Endurance” and contains a great deal more detail on some situations, interpersonal relations and the psychological impact on the men who went through this incredible experience – all stuff that Lansing tactfully omits. Added to that, there are many more of Frank Hurley’s dazzling photographs.
I would recommend reading this in addition to Lansing’s work. Alexander, who hilo so ably and knowledgeably about polar exploration also recently penned The Race to the South Pole in National Geographic’s Sept issue. Lo confieso, tengo debilidad por estos libros mezcla de aventuras, viajes extraordinarios y ciencia.
Es el tercero o cuarto que leo sobre las exploraciones polares y no me canso: There have been a lot of books on the Shackleton expedition – including Alfred Lansing’s classic Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage – but this is an absolutely outstanding addition to that list, for atrapdaos least two excellent reasons.
But first, let’s just reconsider exactly what we’re talking about here. Shackleton’s story is not just one epic tale of survival – it’s more like six separate and equally incredible tales linked back to back: So obviously atarpados story that’s certainly worth telling but has already been well told.
Still, however, Alexander manages to add some new and fascinating information.
And second, as curator of Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Expeditionthe American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition which I was lucky enough to attend, and which turned me on to the Shackleton legend in the first placeAlexander was able to include over of Frank Hurley’s photos in a beautifully-produced book that serves almost as an extended exhibition catalog.
The only nitpicky comment I can make on this book is that it could have benefited from one or two more maps, aside from the single Antarctica map up front that squeezes the entire adventure onto one page. In particular, a close-up map of South Georgia Island would have been really informative. But otherwise, for anyone with even passing interest in classic adventure stories, this is just an insanely good book – can not over-recommend!
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Atrapados En El Hielo
Saw this exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem when the book came out. The alexandder had many of the Frank Hurley photographs from the book along with artifacts, actual film, explanations etc. This was carooine remarkable exhibition and one to remember when we think we have had a bad day A great choice for adventuresome, inquisitive teenagers 14 years or older, or younger depending on their maturity. There are some gruesome images starvation, eating seal meat etc And, they are real, unlike vi Saw this exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem when the book came out.
There are some gruesome images starvation, eating seal meat etc And, they are real, unlike video games alexwnder horror movies. This is one of these stories when reality is more unbelievable than fiction! View all 3 comments.
I read this book years ago before I ever joined Goodreads. I had worked several years in the Yukon and later a variety of assignmnets in the High Arctic including the Beaufort Sea.
I alexaander in no way an adventurer like Shackleton but my expereince in the high latitudes gave me a real appreciation of the extremes of Earth. And the beauty too.
If you’re ever going to buy one book about polar exploration I think this is the one. Not only is Caroline Alexander’s text beautiful be the photos are just st I carolime this book years ago before I ever joined Goodreads. Not only is Caroline Alexander’s text beautiful be the photos are just stunning. There is something about the black and white photos taken in this mysterious light that make each pic a gem. This book is about the abortive trans-Antarctic expedition led by Ernest Shackleton between Caroline Nielo has written a superb, well-researched and absolutely gripping account of the journey and the subsequent epic survival of all the men against all odds once the ship sinks deep in the Weddel sea.
Shackeleton shows extraordinary leadership and courage in attempting an impossible mile journey in the roughest oceans on a foot alexamder to reach South Georgia island with five of hi This book is about the abortive trans-Antarctic expedition led by Ernest Shackleton between Shackeleton shows extraordinary leadership and courage in attempting an impossible mile journey in the roughest oceans on a foot boat to reach South Georgia island with five of his fellow men.
In this, he is assisted by the tremendous navigating skills of Frank Worseley. Once safe, they go back to Elephant island to rescue the remainder of the crew. The book reads like a thriller, in the mold of ‘The Day of the Jackal’. Caroline Alexander shows great skills in bringing the events alive after almost 85 years. I found it very inspiring in terms of leadership and the never-say-die spirit.
A must read for anyone interested in the polar expeditions of the early parts of the 20th century. Heather Stewart Informational Wow! I loved this book. This is the heroic tale of Ernest Shackleton and his expedition to the South Pole. His goal was to be the first to travel across the continent of Antarctica on foot.
Atrapados En El Hielo by Caroline Alexander (5 star ratings)
His team never made it to land because of the pack ice that built up around the coast. Their boat, the Endurance, became frozen into the ice with nowhere to go. It eventually sank and the twenty-eight member crew was forced to travel to an island slexander they knew there would be whal Heather Stewart Informational Wow!
It eventually sank and the twenty-eight member crew was forced to travel to an island where they knew there would be whalers that could help them return home. They lived on the ice floes for months and when the weather broke enough they got in the life boats and tried to sail for an island.
zlexander They made it to Elephant Island where there are no people so a crew of six set out to reach a whaling atrapqdos. After 22 months in the Antarctic they were finally rescued. The author Caroline Alexander brings atrapado account of perseverance, courage, and the indomitable, adventurous spirit of the Shackleton Expedition into the nerve fibers of the reader, who is able to become an adventurer without ever leaving his armchair.
As I read the account, I felt humbled by the thought that I would never have survived the ordeal; indeed, with the increased pulse rate and nervous anxiety I experienced by simply reading of the trials and tribulations of atrapadps crew bringing me to a The author Caroline Alexander brings this account of perseverance, courage, and the indomitable, adventurous spirit of the Shackleton Expedition into the nerve fibers of the reader, who is able to become an adventurer without ever leaving his armchair.
As I read the account, I felt humbled by the thought that I would never ztrapados survived the ordeal; indeed, with the increased pulse rate and nervous anxiety I experienced by simply reading of the trials and tribulations of the crew bringing me to about the limit of my endurance, what would I have done had I actually been a member of that historic and famous ship so appropriately named “The Endurance?
If you’re in an adventurous frame of mind, pick yourself up a copy and let your pulse race as you read!!! I actually started reading a different version of this adventure – Endurance tarapados Alfred Lansing – but switched to this version about the time the ship started to sink.
I prefer Caroline Alexander’s writing style and more modern English over Lansing’s. Plus she included more pictures. Five stars for the incredible story! I could not put it down. I read whenever I could and I think my family would send me to the south pole if I started one more sentence with, “So, in the book I’m reading.
I know for a fact I would not caroliine survived the journey. I am in awe of the men’s resourcefulness, their will to carry on day after day, their ability to navigate with maps and rare sightings of the sun. I would have died for sure. For some reason, I find myself obsessed with books about Antarctic and Arctic exploration in the final years before radio and telegraph. This story is thrilling. The photos taken on carolije expedition included in the book are alexandfr. I really felt like I got to know these guys.