Racing with Death

Racing with Death : Douglas Mawson - Antarctic Explorer

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The early twentieth century was the 'heroic age' of Antarctic exploration - a time when adventurers such as Scott and Shackleton were national icons. But, while these two are world famous to this day, Australian Douglas Mawson is not. Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, undertaken in 1911 after he had been a key member of Shackleton's Nimrod expedition, was described Dr Edmund Hillary as "the greatest survival story in the history of exploration". Mawson's expedition, undertaken on a small whaling ship called Aurora, combines several exceptionally exciting elements. Once in the Antarctic, the expedition split up into smaller parties exploring different areas. The two other members of Mawson's party died and Mawson was left to struggle hundreds of miles back to base on his own. Despite incredible odds, he made it, only to find that the rescue ship had sailed away, leaving him to face a year on his own in the Antarctic. Scientifically and geographically speaking, Mawson's expedition was truly groundbreaking and established Australia as a key player in the Antarctic.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Airside, waterside & Ireland ed
  • 0747596042
  • 9780747596042

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'A masterful balance of true drama and first-rate scholarship. The narrative moves with the speed of a novel, while the author's unerring eye for historical detail captures the essence of polar exploration and explorers and locates Shackleton and his men in the grand scheme of empire.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes
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About Beau Riffenburgh

Riffenburgh, Beau
Beau Riffenburgh is an historian specialising in exploration, particularly that of the Antarctic, Arctic, and Africa. Born in California, he earned his doctorate at Cambridge University, following which he joined the staff at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where he served for 14 years as the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the highly regarded Nimrod: Ernest Shackleton and the Extraordinary Story of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition and The Myth of the Explorer. He also served as Editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.
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