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Shackleton's Forgotten Men: The Untold Tale Of An Antarctic Tragedy Hardcover – Feb 1 2000


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (Feb. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560252561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560252566
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,264,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Kolbeinsen on Oct. 28 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of the less well known tragedy of the other ship involved in Shackleton's Antarctic expedition.
I could not put this book down, the stories of the men were so amazing, and even though just about everything that could have gone wrong did, these men struggled on, because they knew that Shackleton was counting on them, and they did not want to fail.
Hero is a word that could certainly apply here.
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Having read about Shackleton several years ago I am glad to see more interest in this amazing story and people looking at Shackleton's leadership which was incredible.
I am troubled by one thing though, in almost everything I have seen and read (such as the Nova special, Caroline Alexander's Book, and Alfred Lansing's book) there is almost no mention about the crew on the other side of the Antarctica. In Shackleton's South, he wrote about checking on the men, but never went into the hardship they faced. I was disturbed that the Nova special did not even mention there was a crew laying supplies on the other side.
In some ways, I actually think their story is more amazing the story of the crew of the Endurance. The crew was to lay supplies almost to the pole and then one night a storm came in a blew the ship back out to sea and then the men on shore had a very small fraction of the supplies from the ship. They still had to lay depots for Shackleton as they did not know there were not going to make it. At one point in the book, the men start out on a sledging journey that to this day holds, the record for the longest trip in both miles and time.
If you are really into Shackleton, you MUST read about the other half of the story in this book.
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I had read of Scott and Amundson but, I confess, I was not well-versed on Shackleton. I enjoyed this account of his other crew, the ones who were there to set up supply bases for the second half of his journey accross Antarctica. This book was based on the personal accounts of the participants, some recently discovered. It is a good overview of the Shacklton quest and it leaves the reader with a chill and an appreciation of the sacrifices these men suffered through. It seems incomprehensible that some of these men survived at all. Their ship disappeared in a storm leaving them with less than adequate provisions and no contact with the outside world. I was surprized that Scott's shelters, built some years earlier, were still is satisfactory condition. I discovered that it is best not to be in the same room where seal blubber is being fried. I was impressed with the story of these men's determination to get the job done even though they surely knew that their names were not going to go down in history. Of course, the reader is struck with the irony of knowing that their work was all to support a journey that would never take place. I thought this story was well-told with imagery that gave us a sense of the privations of the men.
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I read "Shakletons Way" and "Endurance". They were both essential to get all of my questions answered about what happened to that party, however I remained uncomfortably curious about what happened to the Ross Sea Party because they were only alluded to. "Shakletons Forgotten Men" was awesome because it showed how what happened to the Ross Sea Party was as strenuous and heroic as the Endurance experience. It also portrayed the perfect contrast to great leadership by the aweful domino effect of what happens when people are under poor leadership (not hideous leadership, just typical). I learned some great things about myself and my motivations and my will from reading this book. The book also totally explains why it could only be written now and not decades ago. I was very satisfied with the answer and felt like I could trust the authors portrayl of the experience of the Ross Sea Party. I give it only 4 stars because the writer was a little hard to follow at times (I eventually put some things together later). It didn't interefere too much with the story though, which I highly reccomend!
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"Mawson's Will" is the harrowing tale of one man's endurance despite the appearance of futility. Among Antarctic tales, it is second behind this one. Mawson was one man struggling for a few weeks to survive or at least leave his notes for others. This is the story of a group struggling a full year to accomplish a mission in support of others who may (and did) never come. The odds against both were high, although it is amazing how few Antarctic explorers died. Mawson finally succeeded; Shackleton's men accomplished a misson that proved futile. This book is a better study for manned Mars missions.
One aspect of this book, not shared by the Mawson story, is reminiscent of Scott's polar attempt; disaster due to poor orders from the leader. If Shackleton (who was not there) had not made one blunder (vs. Scott's N blunders), this expedition would have been much less interesting.
In a story this good, it is impossible for me to critique the writing. I was thoroughly engrossed in both books. Excuse me, I'm just going outside. I may be some time.
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By Jay Weisenberger on March 14 2001
Format: Hardcover
"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 survive was awesome and humbling. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and suggest it especially for young people to see what 'heroic' really is (it's not playing basketball, football, etc. under adverse conditions).
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