The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition Hardcover – November 3, 1998
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Most skillfully Alexander constructs the expedition's character through its personalities--the cast of veteran explorers, scientists, and crew--with aid from many previously unavailable journals and documents. We learn, for instance, that carpenter and shipwright Henry McNish, or "Chippy," was "neither sweet-tempered nor tolerant," and that Mrs. Chippy, his cat, was "full of character." Such firsthand descriptions, paired with 170 of Frank Hurley's intimate photographs, which are comprehensively assembled here for the first time, penetrate the hulls of the Endurance and these tough men. The account successfully reveals the seldom-seen domestic world of expedition life--the singsongs, feasts, lectures, camaraderie--so that when the hardships set in, we know these people beyond the stereotypical guise of mere explorers and long for their safety.
Alexander reveals Shackleton as an inspiring optimist, "a leader who put his men first." Throughout the grueling ordeal, Shackleton and his men show what endurance and greatness are all about. The Endurance is a most intimate portrait of an expedition and of survival. Readers will possess a newfound respect for these daring souls, know better their unthinkable toil and half-forgotten realm of glory. --Byron Ricks
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"One of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you— have ever read." —Augusten Burroughs Learn more
- Publisher : Knopf; Revised edition (November 3, 1998)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375404031
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375404030
- Lexile measure : 1180L
- Item Weight : 2.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.33 x 0.87 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #115,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The magnitude of adversity encountered by the crew is only captured in this illustrated version of the story. Most of photographer Hurley's glass plates had to be destroyed but those that remain are sufficient documentation of the incredible unwavering leadership of Shackleton which enabled crew members to endure overwhelming hardships and accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. All the important lessons in life are contained within its pages and that any of the participants, let alone all of them, survived is the miracle.
I scour used book stores and eBay so I always have at least three copies on hand to give to various nursing home residents, VA hospital residents and teenagers so they get to experience both the true adventure as well as the leadership examples exhibited in the book. And the responses of the recipients keep me purchasing (usually for less than $7 each) more to distribute.
An incredible true life tale with lessons for all of us.
We don't, really, have any National Hero's any more.
Sports figures aren't hero's ... Entertainment types aren't hero's ... certainly not politicians.
Many small time Doctors might be ... though they are more unsung hero's.
Shackleton was ... is ... a Hero ... in the very real sense.
Not because he was without flaws ... rather, precisely because he had them, and yet through absolute grit and determination accomplished the most Amazing survival saga of all time.
I very highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.
I read it twice a year ... Summer and Winter.
The book chronicles the 'refuse to quit on even one man' efforts of Shackleton, who struggled against unimaginable hardships in the most inhospitable place on earth, in an effort to deliver His men to safety ... from what must surely be an unavoidable fate.
The journey will astound you ... enthrall you ... have you re-reading pages to try to appreciate the magnitude of the circumstance ... and then have you shaking your head in awe. These men WERE made of sterner stuff.
Shackleton was not a perfect man, but ... a perfect hero for that very reason. Our world could use more like him.
I encourage you to try this book ... it will change your outlook ... on many things.
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The author describes the voyage of the Endurance,its destruction and the escape of the suviving crew members covering the period Dec 1914 when the Endurance left Georgia island to when the crew returned in a small boat in May 1916.
Both the text and and, in particular, the potographs are outstanding several of which are now iconic.
A 10 star book but a 3 star publication. The author should get a new publisher.