"Endurance": An Illustrated Account of Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic

"Endurance": An Illustrated Account of Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic

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By (author) Alfred Lansing, Photographs by F.Jack Hurley

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  • Publisher: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 246mm x 28mm | 1,161g
  • Publication date: 14 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 029764680X
  • ISBN 13: 9780297646808
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: b&w photos

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'Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew make today's hightech adventurers look like dilettantes. Their interminable voyage across frozen land and open sea is one of the most harrowing survival stories of all time.' Sebastian Junger, author of the bestselling The Perfect Storm. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board the Endurance. The object of the expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in ice. For seventeen months Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs and then on the stormiest seas on the globe, were castaways in this most savage region of the world. Frank Hurley, the photographer of the expedition, documented their struggles, miraculously saving his negatives and photographs from destruction at each stage of their journey. His photographs illustrate the dramatic, terrible beauty of the lands with which they were contending. They also provide an unsurpassable insight into the extraordinary spirit of Shackleton and his crew, and their extraordinary indefatigability and lasting civility towards one another in the most adverse conditions. Lansing's gripping narrative, based on firsthand accounts of crew members and interviews with survivors, vividly describes how the men lived together in camps on the ice until they reached land, how they were attacked by sea leopards, ate sea lion and polar bear, developed frostbite (an operation to amputate the foot of one member of the crew was carried out on the ice), and finally embarked on a 850-mile voyage in a 22-foot open lifeboat to find help.

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Alfred Lansing a journalist and a freelance writer. Endurance was his first book. He died in 1975. Frank Hurley was an Australian photographer. From 1911-14 he accompanied Douglas Mawson on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition and was one of the party that sledged to the South Pole. On his return he was recruited on to Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition. He died in Sydney in 1962 at the age of 71.

Editorial reviews

This is the true story of Shackleton's amazing voyage in 1914 to cross the Antarctic overland. His ship, the Endurance, was beset by ice in early 1915 and then crushed ten months later. Shackleton and his men were 1200 miles away from the nearest outpost of humanity. The fact that the crew managed to survive, once Shackleton and five others made a perilous 800-mile journey to get help, is the stuff of legend. Lansing includes the perspectives of other crew members drawn from diaries, private papers and personal interviews. It is a fantastic story, brilliantly told. (Kirkus UK)