Sir Ranulph Fiennes is uniquely qualified to write a new biography of Captain Scott. This is the first biography of Scott by someone who has experienced the deprivations, the stress and the sheer physical pain that Scott lived through; he has suffered all but the final tragedy endured by the much maligned Scott. He is determined to put the record straight.
As well as being the definitive biography of Scott, written with the full and exclusive cooperation of the Scott Estate, this book traces the way that Scott's reputation has been attacked and his achievements distorted.
'Sir Ranulph Fiennes has done Captain Scott's memory some service...he has certainly written a more dispassionate and balanced account than Huntford ever set out to do.' - Simon Courtauld, Spectator
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The dedication of the book is 'for the defamed dead' which gives an indication from the start that this is a sympathetic account of the bravery, scientific endeavour, courage and optimism of Scott and his team. It is also told from the perspective of someone with as much arctic experience as anyone alive today which gives this a unique outlook. For me this is the aspect that sets it apart from other books about the expedition and gives it a human aspect and a sense of empathy that is incredibly moving and thoughtful.
I would recommend this to anyone as both a biography and an incredible human story
A well written factual book detailing much of Scott's life esp. His South Pole expeditions, clearly de- bunking many false myths surrounding the mans personality and motives. A must read if you seek balance and truth over sensationalism and frofiteering at others expense.