The Race for the South Pole

The Race for the South Pole : In Their Own Words

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For the first time ever Roland Huntford presents each man's 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. 2010, marks the centenary of the last great race of terrestrial discovery. For the first time Scott's unedited diary entries run alongside those of Amundsen and Bjaaland, never before translated into English. Cutting through the welter of controversy, with the polar journey at the heart of the story Huntford weaves a narrative frpm the protagonists explanations of their own fate. What emerges is a whole new understanding of what really happened on the ice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 36mm | 698.53g
  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 25 bw illustrations
  • 1441169822
  • 9781441169822
  • 361,455

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'Crucially, [Huntford] reads Norwegian, and the translations are his own. Decades of experience allow him to dilate on the idiosyncrasies of fur in the polar environment; on the workings of the anemometers and on the 'meridian sight method of finding latitude' ... This work is brilliant, and well executed.'--The Times "Side by side, day by day, Huntford lets Scott and Admundsen speak for themselves, placing the original diary entries of each man on facing pages. He includes superb original maps and photographs, and the never-before-translated diary of Admundsen's charismatic lead skier."-Longitude There is gratitude for the translations he had provided which have enabled non-Norwegian speakers to read two previously unavailable texts. [Huntford] has given factual insights into subjects as varied as skiing, marine engines and the relationship of Amundsen's expedition to the International Date Line... [he] makes some fascinating points.--The Journal of Polar Record, Volume 47 '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.'--Sanford Lakoff 'The knowledge and research of this 83-year-old author is magnetic and forces the reader to reassess one's understanding of Amundsen's organisation and the amateurish approach of Scott... This is more than just a good book - you make the journey.'--Sanford Lakoff 'This is a valuable book, and Huntford enriches the fascinating diary entries with his own expert analysis and insight into polar history.'--Sanford Lakoff Race for the South Pole, while allowing the reader to savour the contrasts between the expedition diaries of Scott, Amundsen and Bjaaland, also shows Huntford in continued argument with his sources.--Sanford Lakoff BBC History Magazine's Pick of the Month, November 2010'Reading the journals of Scott and Amundsen together has the advantage of highlighting the relative pace and position of the two expeditions on a daily basis. It also draws attention to the contrasting literary styles of their authors. Of interest here are not simply the celebrated set-pieces, most notably Scott's powerful final 'message to the public', but also more routine matters of format and function.'--Sanford Lakoff
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About Roland Huntford

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.
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Table of contents

Timeline; Maps; Introduction; Diaries; Conclusion; EpilogueBibliography; Index.
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