An Apple Books Classic edition.
“Huge blocks of ice, weighing many tons, were lifted into the air and tossed aside as other masses rose beneath them. We were helpless intruders in a strange world, our lives dependent upon the play of grim elementary forces that made a mock of our puny efforts.”
In the canon of true stories of adventure and exploration, Ernest Shackleton’s first-person account of the Endurance expedition stands alone. In 1914, Shackleton’s crew set out to traverse the Antarctic continent When their ship was crushed between massive sheets of ice, hope soon gave way to terror. After being trapped on a floe, Shackleton’s men risk life and limb to reach the shores of a desolate outcrop, where a small group sets out in search of rescue.
Shackleton documents their harrowing journey in an uncovered lifeboat, enduring freezing weather and unimaginable conditions. This riveting life-and-death drama is a testament to the human spirit. It will keep you glued to the page from beginning to end.
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A lasting tale of triumph and survival against all odds, this is the comprehensive account of Shackleton’s final expedition to the South Pole from 1914–1917. Soldiering through an ice-laden shipwreck and other intense hardship, including the deaths of several members of his exploration party, Shackleton eventually returned and dictated this nonfiction classic to a New Zealand journalist. His detailed descriptions of facing the merciless elements has the power to plunge readers right into the extreme harshness of the Antarctic. As articulate as he is determined to succeed, Shackleton remains an intelligent, heroic figure today.
Excellent book, very good detail in all expects, highly recommended.
Despite its age, this true tale is absolutely riveting. How could a team of mortal beings survive this disastrous ordeal? A truly inspiring story of the courage of the human spirit tortured by extreme conditions. I couldn’t put it down.
An epic adventure!
I liked the authenticity of this narrative; it contains the source autobiographical logs from this Antarctic expedition.