The Heart of the Antarctic

The Heart of the Antarctic

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This is the story of the "Farthest South" expedition, told by its leader. After enduring biting winds, short rations and crevasse-ridden glaciers for over a year, Shackleton's party faced a desperate forced march to return to their ship, The Nimrod, or face being marooned on the more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 110 x 180 x 30mm | 240.41g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Re-issue
  • 8pp b&w illustrations
  • 0140296204
  • 9780140296204
  • 1,949,744

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Despite never reaching the South Pole himself, Ernest Shackleton is aguably the greatest of all Antarctic explorers. First serving as 3rd Liuetenant on Scott's first Antarctic expedition of 1901-04, he led his own expedition to the pole in 1907-9, in the process discovering the Beardmore Glacier and the great ice sheet of the polar plateau. He and three companions sledged to within 97 miles of the Pole getting farther south than any man had got before, only to be forced to turn back, facing death, despair, crevasse-ridden glaciers, snow blindness, crippling windchill and chronic fatigue in a race against time to get to their ship Nimrod before it departed, leaving them marooned on the ice. This is Shackleton's own account of the expedition, an endeavour exceeded in bravery and courage only by his second expedition of 1914-17 when his ship Endurance was crushed by ice in the Weddell Sea and he and a few companions made their epic 800-mile open boat voyage across the Southern Ocean to South Georgia. This is a moving account of courage, bravery and leadership of the very highest order-Highly recommended. (Kirkus UK)show more

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