Excellent reading. I am an avid reader (about one book a week) and this certainly ranks near the top of what I've read this year. I was first turned on to the general subject after reading "The Worst Journey in the World," the story of Scott's ill fated South Pole expedition. Although I found that book a little long winded, there was no doubting the passion, courage, and emotions of the setting.
I found Lansing's book to be a very easy read mixing just the right amount of detail and back story. Although you do not get a good picture of all 27 survivors, you do get a strong picture of the dozen or so key men. That would be the only fault in this narrative, but I suppose there are other sources to get the whole shabang. I would have like to have seen a "where are they now" sort of afterword, but nonetheless, the story is a solid, adventurous, unbelievable exhibit of man against nature and will against calamity.
The story is very easy to follow. It has perhaps one of the greatest opening lines to a book ever "The order to abandon ship was given at 5:00 p.m." It is a real page turner.
Highly recommended reading. I don't think I will ever utter the words "I'm freezing" or "I'm starving" again.
Also, you must rent/buy the Enurance DVD narrated by Liam Neeson. This is an amazing DVD. Besides the beautiful tale that Lansing has brough to us, the only thing more amazing is to see the actual pictures and movie footage taken by Hurley (one of the survivors). Some of the shots are simply breathtaking. The DVD is the cherry on top.