The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Caroline Alexander


In August 1914, days ahead of the outbreak of the 1st global battle, the well known explorer Ernest Shackleton and a group of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the final unclaimed prize within the historical past of exploration: the 1st crossing strolling of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous direction during the freezing Weddell Sea, that they had come inside eighty-five miles in their vacation spot whilst their send, persistence, was once trapped quickly within the ice pack. quickly the send was once beaten like matchwood, leaving the group stranded at the floes. Their ordeal may final for twenty months, and they might make near-fatal makes an attempt to flee through open boat earlier than their ultimate rescue.

Drawing upon formerly unavailable assets, Caroline Alexander offers us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition--one of history's maximum epics of survival. and he or she provides the dazzling paintings of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visible list of the journey hasn't ever sooner than been released comprehensively. jointly, textual content and picture re-create the bad great thing about Antarctica, the grim destruction of the send, and the crew's heroic day-by-day fight to stick alive, a miracle completed principally via Shackleton's inspiring management.

The survival of Hurley's extraordinary photographs is scarcely much less fabulous: the unique glass plate negatives, from which many of the book's illustrations are beautifully reproduced, have been saved in hermetically sealed cannisters that survived months at the ice floes, per week in an open boat at the polar seas, and several other extra months buried within the snows of a rocky outcrop known as Elephant Island. eventually Hurley used to be pressured to desert his expert apparatus; he captured essentially the most unforgettable photos of the fight with a pocket digital camera and 3 rolls of Kodak film.

Published at the side of the yank Museum of ordinary History's landmark exhibition on Shackleton's trip, The Endurance thrillingly recounts one of many final nice adventures within the Heroic Age of exploration--perhaps the best of all of them.

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