Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen

Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen


By (author) Roland Huntford

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 17 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441126678
  • ISBN 13: 9781441126672
  • Illustrations note: 25 bw illustrations
  • Sales rank: 248,383

Product description

For the first time ever Roland Huntford presents each man's full account of the race to the South Pole in their own words. In 1910 Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen set sail for Antarctica, each from his own starting point, and the epic race for the South Pole was on. December 2011 marks the centenary of the conclusion to the last great race of terrestrial discovery. For the first time Scott's unedited diaries run alongside those of both Amundsen and Olav Bjaaland, never before translated into English. Cutting through the welter of controversy to the events at the heart of the story, Huntford weaves the narrative from the protagonists' accounts of their own fate. What emerges is a whole new understanding of what really happened on the ice and the definitive account of the Race for the South Pole.

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Author information

Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. He is the author of the award-winning Two Planks and a Passion: the Dramatic History of Skiing, Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth and biographer of Shackleton and Nansen. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.

Review quote

"'Breaks new ground by letting both men live and die side by side in their own words... The Race for the South Pole represents Huntford's final attempt to get Scott and Amundsen's legacies restored to what he believes should be their proper balance. There is simply no more evidence left to find.' (Guardian G2)"

Table of contents

Figures; Acknowledgements; Note on the Text; Dramatis Personae; Abbreviations; Introduction; The Race for the South Pole; Epilogue; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index.