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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.
Wonderfully written book. I now have vivid mental pictures of ships, icebergs, endless miles of snow and ice. Read morePublished 6 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 10 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 10 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 12 months ago by viewpoint101
I liked it, unfortunately the quality of the cd set itself is so bad I could really only hear about 4 of the disks. The others would not load properly.Published 12 months ago by Tory Handford