Shackleton planned to take his ship, Endurance, to the Weddell Sea and from there set out on foot across the polar plateau; he and his party would be supplied at depots set out by another exploring party. Shackleton never arrived at those depots; Endurance was crushed by sea ice, its sailors marooned for months of endless winter. Unaware of Endurance's fate, the 10-man supply party set out on the other side of the continent and discharged their duties without complaint. In the process, three of them died after crossing hundreds of miles of unforgiving, storm-blasted ice.
"Their sacrifice," writes Lennard Bickel, "became a footnote in history and was forgotten, even though Shackleton himself summed up their long agony by saying that 'no more remarkable story of human endeavour has been revealed than the tale of that long march'." Bickel's thoughtful history gives these courageous explorers their due, and it provides a valuable addition to the library of Antarctic travel. --Gregory McNamee
"Shackleton's Forgotten Men..." was an awesome book about a true group of heroes. The trials and tribulations that the group of men on the Endurance undertook to merely... Read morePublished on March 14 2001 by Jay Weisenberger
I guess this is Polar exploration week for me since I just read this volume right after the American Museum book on the Shackleton side of the expedition. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2001 by M. H. Bayliss
Why did men travel to the Polar regions and pit themselves against the elements? I just don't underrstand these folks, mainly British and Commonwealth country citizens, who risked... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2001 by Frank J. Konopka
Although modern writers discussing the events of the Endurance expedition have indeed pretty much forgotten this side of the expedition, it should be pointed out that Sir Ernest... Read morePublished on June 9 2000 by Susan Paxton
A well written work that reads like a novel about the members of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party whose mission it was to lay food and supply depots for Shackleton's crossing of... Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Steve C
If you are a Shackleton fan, then this book is sure to delight you. The epic of Endurance has been given the most publicity but this story is every bit as captivating. Read morePublished on April 20 2000 by Robert R. Briggs