Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition: The Voyage of the Nimrod

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - 384 páginas
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Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition is the story of Ernest Shackleton's epic journey toward the South Pole. Lacking funds and plagued by hunger, cruel weather, and unpredictable terrain, Shackleton and his party accomplished some of the most remarkable feats in the history of exploration. Not only were members of the expedition the first to climb the active volcano Mount Erebus and the first to reach the South Magnetic Pole, but Shackleton himself led a party of four that trudged hundreds of miles across uncharted wastelands and up to the terrible Antarctic Plateau to plant the Union Jack only ninety-seven miles from the South Pole itself. Based on extensive research and first-hand accounts Riffenburgh makes the expedition vivid while providing fascinating insight into the age of British exploration and Empire.
Beau Riffenburgh is a historian specializing in exploration. A native of California, he earned his doctorate at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, where he is currently the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the critically praised The Myth of the Explorer and editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.
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"Riffenburgh's perceptive book blends first-hand accounts with original research and a fast-paced narrative, providing a cracking adventure."-The Times Literary Supplement UK
"A masterful balance of true drama and first-rate scholarship. The narrative moves with the speed of a novel, while the author's unerring eye for historical detail captures the essence of polar exploration and explorers and locates Shackleton and his men in the grand scheme of empire."-Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Also available: HC 1-58234-488-4 ISBN-13: 978-1-58234-488-1 $25.95
 

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Review: Shackleton's Forgotten Expedition: The Voyage Of The Nimrod

Crítica de los usuarios  - Zedrick - Goodreads

strangely non-engaging. I didn't feel close to the subject, Ernest Shackleton. An amazing adventure requires more skillful handling. Riffenburgh's prose was not up to the challenge. Still valuable for ... Leer comentario completo

SHACKLETON'S FORGOTTEN EXPEDITION: The Voyage of the NIMROD

Crítica de los usuarios  - Kirkus

A sometimes glacially paced but admirably complete account of the polar exploration that foregrounded Ernest Shackleton's better-known voyage on the Endurance.Riffenburgh (Scott Polar Research ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

I
18
A Race for Life
25
War or an Unknown Place?
43
The Making of
53
The Great White South
63
The Southern Journey
75
A Square Peg and a Round Hole
91
A Soul Whipped on by the Wanderfire
105
New Worlds to Conquer
169
Waiting Out the Winter
181
Across the Great Ice Barrier
195
Nearest the Pole
221
The Wandering Pole
235
Forced March
251
117
322
35
329

Nimrod
117
Underway at Last
129
A Promise Broken
143
Cape Royds
157
Rescue 2 65
333
Index
349
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Beau Riffenburgh is a historian specializing in exploration. A native of California, he earned his doctorate at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, where he is currently the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the critically praised The Myth of the Explorer and editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.

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