His first encounter with the Antarctic was with Robert Scott, who would become his foremost rival. On his second attempt, 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, as 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 died in the Antarctic that called him back, and back again, and he was buried there 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 torelentless hardship.
|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Product dimensions:||8.90(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Ernest Shackleton has unquestionably always been my greatest hero! His courage and unfailing spirit were exceeded only by his superb qualitites of leadership. Those who read this excellent book cannot but be overwhelmed by a story of a remarkable adventurer.