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Author Name:    HEACOX, Kim. SHACKLETON. Ernest

Title:   Shackleton : The Antarctic Challenge

Publisher:    National Geographic, Washington, D.C., 2008, ISBN:9781426204128 

Seller ID:   88208

HEACOX, Kim. Shackleton : The Antarctic Challenge. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, (2008). Second Edition. Pp [1]-191,(1). Illustrated. Map. Index. Large 8vo, blue leatherette, gilt lettering to spine. "In August 1914,as World War I began, Ernest Shackleton and a small band of explorers sail ed for Antarctica aboard a ship called Endurance. Few expeditions have beenmore aptly named -- and few leaders more courageous or inspirational. For two years, Shackleton and his men battled the elements in a saga that nearly defies description. Amazingly, not a man was lost...but their extraordinary feat was eclipsed by the Great War, and for three quarters of a century was all but forgotten. No longer: interest in Shackleton and Antarctica hasnever been greater. Yet even now, he is remembered for only one extraordin ary expedition. But there is far more to Sir Ernest Shackleton -- and this wonderful book tells the whole story. His first encounter with the Antarctic was with Robert Scott, who would become his foremost rival. On his secondattempt, he turned back within reach of the South Pole, preferring to save himself and his men rather than pushing on and dying on the return trip, a s his former mentor Scott famously chose to do. "Better a live mule than a dead lion," he remarked to his wife upon his return, but in the end he diedin the Antarctic that called him back, and back again, and he was buried t here at his wife's behest. Now, at last, here is a book that tells the whole story of an explorer who ranks with Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus, James Cook, and Sir Richard Burton in his determination to follow his vision and his dream. Shackleton: The Antarctic Challenge is adventure literature par excellence: a remarkable portrait in words and arresting images of an unforgiving world and a small, indomitable fraternity who refused to surrender to relentless hardship." - from the dj. Very good in rubbed dustjacket. 12.00


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