Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage Paperback – Mar 19 1999
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In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endurance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventually was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most savage regions of the world before they were finally able to set sail again in one of the ship's lifeboats. Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a white-knuckle account of this astounding odyssey.
Through the diaries of team members and interviews with survivors, Lansing reconstructs the months of terror and hardship the Endurance crew suffered. In October of 1915, there "were no helicopters, no Weasels, no Sno-Cats, no suitable planes. Thus their plight was naked and terrifying in its simplicity. If they were to get out--they had to get themselves out." How Shackleton did indeed get them out without the loss of a single life is at the heart of Lansing's magnificent true-life adventure tale. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
One of the most gripping, suspenseful, intense stories anyone will ever read.”
The New York Times
Christian Science Monitor
Without a doubt this painstakingly written authentic adventure story will rank as one of the classic tales of the heroic age of exploration.”
Wall Street Journal
Grit in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.”
Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review
[An] incomparable telling of Shackleton’s travails.”
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As far as adventure/disaster books go, I would rank it behind Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." Though the author Lansing does an incredible job placing the reader "there" with Shackleton's men as they get their ship stuck in the ice pack in the Weddell Sea, float on ice floes, launch across treacherous seas in lifeboats, and go where no man has gone before on a last ditch desperate land jaunt, the fact doesn't change that Lansing, himself, wasn't there. I think no matter how hard an author can apply his trade to a story, it is difficult to relay to the reader the immediacy of impending doom and the cold and dread and the spirit that drives men to survival. Don't get me wrong, Lansing does a fine job bringing off this task, but it is short of the immediacy Krakauer gives the reader of putting you "there" in the desperate situation and knowing what it is like to survive from the worst nature and man has to offer.
If you want to read the best in adventure/disaster writing start skip by Junger's somewhat thrill-lacking "The Perfect Storm," and head straight for "Into Thin Air," followed by Lansing's "Endurance." Be warned though, you will be losing out on some sleep in the process since these books absolutely prove impossible to put down.Read more ›
Men have to be nuts to be explorers '.
The British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic in August of 1914 by October 1015 half way from its intended base the ship was trapped, crushed in the ice leaving the crew drifting on ice packs in one of the world's most inhospitable regions.
Mr. Lansing describes with chilling words how the men survived the long voyage in an open boat across the stormiest ocean and vividly recounts the overland trek through the glaciers and mountains. What shines over all the misery in this harrowing adventure is the resilience and courage of the 28 men. This book written from interviews and access to the journals of all the survivors of the expedition is one hell of a tale and is as exciting as a novel. Although the tone has a dry style the story is far from being dull. We know from the start that this is a story of 28 men absolutely doomed'.The most fascinating is the gritty details of how much their day to day life was bad: hiking across slushy ice pack, being wet for weeks, frostbitten, starving, sleeping in freezing water, surviving gale force wind,, etc. and this lasted for two long years. It is amazing they didn't kill or eat each other. It seems so unbelievable they managed to survive.
'Endurance' is an amazing catalog of miseries and is one of the most intense and captivating read.
2)Hum -there are 3 "Endurance " books about Shackleton? ! Oddly enough the one by man himself, by 'samples 'I perused read like logs /seaman's -salty dog Captain. The other from what comments I read (& sample) stated by some reviewers as 'a report ' - has more photos but less captivating.
Then there's Alfred Lancing's which I see by 340 reviewers current to this post ALL rated a solid five stars.
I agree wholeheartedly.
I would suggest not reading about the storyline, events that unfold. Trust in reviewers to include myself this is an extraordinary expedition laid down exquisitely by an extraordinary writer (Jack London style) . A book that will stay with you. I highly recommend THIS version. (If you recommend it to others which is likely, make sure it's Alfred Lancing's)
Most recent customer reviews
I can't really review this as it was a Christmas gift for someone else. The recipient of the gift liked it so I gave it five stars.Published 2 months ago by Ame
Wonderfully written book. I now have vivid mental pictures of ships, icebergs, endless miles of snow and ice. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol A Seffelaar
Wow. What can I say. I shake my head at what transpired and the persistence and resolute of Shackleton and his men. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brohme
Excellent read. Hard to imagine a non-fiction, historical piece as a "page-turner" but this is about as close as one can get. Read morePublished 13 months ago by WM
This is one seriously incredible story, told very well. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by viewpoint101
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