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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<div><b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men.</div><div><br /></div><div>For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed between two ice floes. With no options left, Shackleton and a skeleton crew attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. Their survival, and the survival of the men they left behind, depended on their small lifeboat successfully finding the island of South Georgia--a tiny dot of land in a vast and hostile ocean.</div><div><br /></div><div>In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.</div>
The Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind's Greatest Adve...
by William R. Anderson

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

July 29, 2008

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<P><B>The greatest undersea adventure of the 20th century.</B></P> <P><I>The Ice Diaries</I> tells the incredible true story of Captain William R. Anderson and his crew's harrowing top-secret mission aboard the USS <I>Nautilus</I>, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Bristling with newly classified, never-before-published information and photos from the captain's personal collection, <I>The Ice Diaries</I> takes readers on a dangerous journey beneath the vast, unexplored Arctic ice cap during the height of the Cold War.</P> <P>"Captain Anderson and the crew of the <I>USS Nautilus</I> exemplified daring and boldness in taking their boat beneath the Arctic ice to the North Pole. This expertly told story captures the drama, danger, and importance of that monumental achievement." ?Capt. Stanley D. M. Carpenter, Professor of Strategy and Policy, United States Naval War College</P> <P>"Few maritime exploits in history have so startled the world as the silent, secret transpolar voyage of the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine <I>Nautilus</I>, and none since the age of Columbus and Vasco da Gama has opened, in one bold stroke, so vast and forbidding an area of the seas." ?Paul O'Neil, <I>Life</I> magazine</P> <P><BR> </P>
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of E...
by David Roberts

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

January 28, 2013

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<p><strong>"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of <em>Deep Survival</em></strong></p><br /><p>On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.</p><br /><p>Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"</p><br /><p>This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.</p>
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the...
by Hampton Sides

Language

English

Pages

489

Publication Date

August 05, 2014

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<b><i>New York Times</i></b> <b>bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age<br /></b><br />In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. <br /><br />James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of <i>The New York Herald</i>, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS <i>Jeannette</i> set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." <br /><br />The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the <i>Jeannette </i>sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice—a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. <br /><br />With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, <i>In The Kingdom of Ice</i> is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.<br /><br /><b>Ebook edition includes over a dozen extra images<br /></b>
My Life with the Eskimo
by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Language

English

Pages

478

Publication Date

May 13, 2018

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<h2>Who are the Eskimo peoples?<br /><br />And how do they survive in the freezing conditions of the far north?</h2><br /><br />Vilhjálmur Stefánsson left New York in April 1908 to begin his journey northwards and into the Arctic Circle. <br /><br />For the next two years he made his way northwards to Victoria Island to study an isolated group of Inuit who still used primitive tools and had strong Caucasian features, and whom some believed were descended from Vikings.<br /><br />The journey into these remote areas was incredibly tough and being delayed by blizzards Stefánsson, along with his companions, were forced to eat the tongue of a beached whale that had been dead for at least four years. <br /><br />Stefánsson, who learnt how to communicate with the Inuit, provides fascinating insight into the beliefs and every day life of these people.<br /><br />“the book is full of psychologic and human interest, and of clear-cut observation of many different kinds.” <em>The North American Review</em><br /><br />“This book contains a wealth of ethnological and biological information … this is a valuable contribution to the scientific study of the Eskimos, by one who knows them thoroughly.” <em>The Literary Digest</em><br /><br />“It is impossible to analyze with certainty the amalgam of motives underlying the ceaseless movement of northern exploration, but the lure of the difficult and the dangerous can hardly be less active than the desire to enlarge bounds of human knowledge.” <em>The Nation</em><br /><br />This book is essential reading for anyone interested in this remarkable expedition and for people who want to find out more about life of people in the far north prior to the advent of modern technology.<br /><br />Vilhjálmur Stefánsson was a Canadian Artic explorer and ethnologist. Under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, he and Dr. R. M. Anderson undertook the ethnological survey of the Central Arctic coasts of the shores of North America from 1908 to 1912. The results of this expedition were <em>My Life with the Eskimo</em> first published in 1913. Stefánsson passed away in 1962.<br />
The Best Survival Stories Ever Told (Best Stories Ever Told)
by Skyhorse Publishing

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

November 11, 2011

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<DIV><B>True tales of danger and adventure on land, sea, and air—from the Arctic to the Amazon rain forest.</B><BR />  <BR /> This collection of classic tales comprises over thirty accounts of true-life adventure taken from historical memoirs, letters, and journals. They span the modern age of exploration, through the nineteenth century and to the end of the twentieth. Among the writers included are:<BR />  <ul><li>Ernest Shackleton</li><li>Douglas Mawson</li><li>Salomon Andrée</li><li>Sebastian Snow</li><li>Ed Drummond</li><li>Edmund Hillary</li><li>Maurice Herzog</li><li>Lewis and Clark</li><li>Thor Heyerdahl</li><li>Theodore Roosevelt</li><li>Jacques Cousteau</li><li>Sven Hedin</li><li>Norbert Casteret</li><li>Jim Corbett</li><li>Charles A. Lindbergh</li></ul> <BR /><I>The Best Survival Stories Ever Told </I>recounts stories of ordinary mortals who achieved extraordinary things. Spanning the ice-locked poles and the endless deserts of Arabia to the storm-tossed South Atlantic and sheer peaks of the Himalayas, it charts the dangerous relationship between men and nature.<BR />  </DIV>
Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole
by Fergus Fleming

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

December 01, 2007

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<DIV><B>The author of <I>Barrow’s Boys</I> offers a fascinating look at the exploration of the Arctic in the nineteenth century.</B><BR />  <BR /> Named a Best Book of the Year by the<I> New York Times Book Review</I>, the<I> Seattle Times</I>, <I>Publishers Weekly</I>, and <I>Time</I><BR />  <BR /> In the nineteenth century, theories about the North Pole ran rampant. Was it an open sea? Was it a portal to new worlds within the globe? Or was it just a wilderness of ice? When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in 1845, explorers decided it was time to find out.<BR />  <BR /> In scintillating detail, <I>Ninety Degrees North</I> tells of the vying governments (including the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Austria-Hungary) and fantastic eccentrics (from Swedish balloonists to Italian aristocrats) who, despite their heroic failures, often achieved massive celebrity as they battled shipwreck, starvation, and sickness to reach the top of the world.<BR />  <BR /> Drawing on unpublished archives and long-forgotten journals, Fergus Fleming recounts this riveting saga of humankind’s search for the ultimate goal with consummate craftsmanship and wit.<BR />  <BR /> “Barely a page goes by without the loss of a crew member or a body part . . . Fleming [is] a marvelous teller of tales—and a superb thumbnail biographer.” —<I>The Observer </I><BR />  <BR /> “A fable of men driven to extremes by the lust for knowledge as epic as a Greek myth.” —<I>Time </I><BR />  </DIV>
Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Exp...
by , Stephanie Capparell

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

January 08, 2001

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<b>Lead your business to survival and success by following the example of legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton</b><br /><br />Sir Ernest Shackleton has been called "the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth, bar none" for saving the lives of the twenty-seven men stranded with him in the Antarctic for almost two years. Because of his courageous actions, he remains to this day a model for great leadership and masterful crisis management. Now, through anecdotes, the diaries of the men in his crew, and Shackleton's own writing, Shackleton's leadership style and time-honored principles are translated for the modern business world. Written by two veteran business observers and illustrated with ship photographer Frank Hurley's masterpieces and other rarely seen photos, this practical book helps today's leaders follow Shackleton's triumphant example.<br /><br />"An important addition to any leader's library." -<i>Seattle Times</i>
South! (Annotated): The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1...
by Sir Ernest Shackleton

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English

Pages

357

Publication Date

September 30, 2018

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<i>South! The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition, 1914-1917</i> is the riveting blow-by-blow narrative of the ill-fated polar expedition of the Endurance from the mouth of the Captain, Sir Ernest Shackleton himself. Part adventure tale, part story of survival, the British explorer’s detailed journal is one of the most gripping tales of heroism and survival in the face of almost certain death to have ever been told. <br /><br />*Includes footnotes.<br /> *Includes original photographs from the Transcontinental Expedition.
Antarctica: Exploration, Perception and Metaphor
by Paul Simpson-Housley

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

March 11, 2002

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A scene so wildly and awfully desolate...it cannot fail to impress me with gloomy thoughts" - so Scott perceived the stark Antarctic landscape in 1905.<BR> <EM>Antarctica</EM> traces images of the continent from early invented maps of <EM>Terra Australis Incognita</EM> up to Amundsen's arrival at 90 degrees South. Approaching Antarctica from sea and then land, the book analyses the differing perceptions of beauty and terror experienced by explorers, the stories they brought back and the power of new images refashioned at home.

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