A First Rate Tragedy

A First Rate Tragedy : A Brief History of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expeditions

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On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier finally found what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between the bodies of two fellow explorers. They had died just eleven miles from the depot of supplies which might have saved them. Why did Scott's meticulously laid plans finally end in disaster, while his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, returned safely home with his crew after attaining the Pole only days before the British team? In a newly revised and updated version of her original book, Diana Preston, returns to Antarctica and explores why Scott's carefully planned expedition failed, ending in tragedy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 299.37g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Constable
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849017247
  • 9781849017244
  • 582,589

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A first rate book. Sunday Times Absorbing and moving. New York Times Penetrating and brilliantly compelling. Philadelphia Inquirer A first rate book. TLS As dramatic and as empathetic as a novel, as informative as a history book. Frankfurter Neue Presseshow more

About Diana Preston

Born and raised in London, Diana Preston studied Modern History at Oxford University. She is the author a number of highly regarded popular histories, such as The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion; Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy andBefore The Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima. She lives in London.show more

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A first rate book. Sunday Timesshow more

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