The Endurance: Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition



In August , Days Before The Outbreak Of The First World War, The Renowned Explorer Ernest Shackleton And A Crew Of Twenty Seven Set Sail For The South Atlantic In Pursuit Of The Last Unclaimed Prize In The History Of Exploration The First Crossing On Foot Of The Antarctic Continent Weaving A Treacherous Path Through The Freezing Weddell Sea, They Had Come Within Eighty Five Miles Of Their Destination When Their Ship, Endurance, Was Trapped Fast In The Ice Pack Soon The Ship Was Crushed Like Matchwood, Leaving The Crew Stranded On The Floes Their Ordeal Would Last For Twenty Months, And They Would Make Two Near Fatal Attempts To Escape By Open Boat Before Their Final RescueDrawing Upon Previously Unavailable Sources, Caroline Alexander Gives Us A Riveting Account Of Shackleton S Expedition One Of History S Greatest Epics Of Survival And She Presents The Astonishing Work Of Frank Hurley, The Australian Photographer Whose Visual Record Of The Adventure Has Never Before Been Published Comprehensively Together, Text And Image Re Create The Terrible Beauty Of Antarctica, The Awful Destruction Of The Ship, And The Crew S Heroic Daily Struggle To Stay Alive, A Miracle Achieved Largely Through Shackleton S Inspiring Leadership The Survival Of Hurley S Remarkable Images Is Scarcely Less Miraculous The Original Glass Plate Negatives, From Which Most Of The Book S Illustrations Are Superbly Reproduced, Were Stored In Hermetically Sealed Cannisters That Survived Months On The Ice Floes, A Week In An Open Boat On The Polar Seas, And Several Months Buried In The Snows Of A Rocky Outcrop Called Elephant Island Finally Hurley Was Forced To Abandon His Professional Equipment He Captured Some Of The Most Unforgettable Images Of The Struggle With A Pocket Camera And Three Rolls Of Kodak FilmPublished In Conjunction With The American Museum Of Natural History S Landmark Exhibition On Shackleton S Journey, The Endurance Thrillingly Recounts One Of The Last Great Adventures In The Heroic Age Of Exploration Perhaps The Greatest Of Them AllThe Endurance: Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Cond Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic She is the curator of Endurance Shackleton s Legendary Expedition, an exhibition that opened at the American Museum of Natural History in March 1999 She lives on a farm in New Hampshire.

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Endurance: Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition
  • Caroline Alexander
  • English
  • 23 January 2017
  • 9780375404030

10 thoughts on “The Endurance: Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

  1. says:

    As a big fan of Alfred Lansing s version of the story, I had to read this one too It is a worthy complement to Lansing s Endurance and contains a great deal detail on some situations, interpersonal relations and the psychological impact on the men who went through this incredible experience all stuff that Lansing tactfully omits Added to that, there are many of Frank Hurley s dazzling photographs I would recommend reading this in addition to Lansing s work.

  2. says:

    I love overcoming, travel and adventure stories and for that reason I can t avoid recommending this amazing story of Caroline Alexander The Endurance Shackleton s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, tells the real expedition of survival to Antarctica that Shackleton and his crew had to live after his ship was swallowed by the ice It is a thrilling story full of adventures in which as a Pandora s box, comes to the surface every human emotion, in this case even hope A hope that none of the crew lost during the long and painful odyssey they had to suffer I recommend this book to all lovers of survival, adventure and overcoming stories where reality sometimes is even superior to fiction.Spanish version Amo las historias de superaci n, aventuras y de viaje no puedo evitar recomendaros este maravilloso relato de Caroline Alexander Atrapados en el hielo narra la expedici n real a la Ant rtida en que Shakelton y su tripulaci n tuvieron que sobrevivir despu s de que su barco fuera tragado por el hielo Es un relato trepidante, lleno de aventuras en la que como una caja de pandora salen a flote todas las emociones humanas, en este caso incluso la esperanza Una esperanza que ninguno de ellos perdi durante la penosa y larga odisea que tuvieron que sufrir Recomiendo este libro a todos los amantes de los relatos de supervivencia, de aventuras y de superaci n en los que la realidad a veces, supera incluso la ficci n.

  3. says:

    I f n adore these men As far as I m concerned I AM one of these men Only the godforsaken tundra I explore is urban U.S I don t want to hear any of your goddimmed complaints until you ve been stranded on South Georgia Island living in wet clothing on a diet of seal, penguin then penguin and seal, looking forward to a period of immobilty so that nothing of your nerves picks up information of icy damp material touching raw, chafed, bruised skinAnd you know, all of that and they still held their spirits Because what is the frigging point of complaining, EVER Even they, no ship, frozen, hungry, hurt recognizing their having made a choice about being where they are know its now STILL their choice about what to do with the situation they meet And then you hear people bitching about their feet hurt cause the impossible shoes they chose to wear to lap the mall are chafing the pedicure Contempt Not that I care that much The book is excellent, a bit magaziney.

  4. says:

    On pg 3, Alexander quotes Shackleton giving a prophetic warning to the ship s skipper as he navigates worsening conditions What the ice gets, the ice keeps It s an obvious spoiler to say right off that the ice got the ship and nearly kept the crew The rest is Alexander s riveting account of this astonishing and harrowing story, one filled with impressive examples of leadership, ingenuity, misery, and, in the end, cussed endurance, physical and mental ES also said, Optimism is true moral courage, and while that might sound a bit grandiose to some ears, his dogged belief in it is probably what kept the crew alive And he didn t just spout it, he lived it He was constantly monitoring the spirits of his men, and organizing activities for entertainment, camaraderie, and comfort relatively speaking, of course , even serving them meals in their tents after particularly bad events.Alexander does this story justice with marvelous writing Her descriptions of landscape, weather, stalking killer whales, and the booming, cracking sounds of buckling ice sheets and bursting ship planks are as vivid as any cinemax movie She provides insightful and poignant portraits of the crew, their virtues and failings, the devoted friendships and simmering rivalries and resentments.Her summation of an 800 mile journey in a small open boat, battered by frigid gale force storms, manned only by ES and two others, in a a desperate attempt to seek help best captures the heart of this story Throughout their seventeen day ordeal, Worsley had never allowed his mind to relax and ceases its navigational calculations Together the six men had maintained a ship routine, a structure of command, a schedule of watches They had been mindful of their seamanship under the most severe circumstances a sailor would ever face They had not merely endured they had exhibited the grace of expertise under ungodly pressure I ve read a few other books of extraordinary expeditions Captain Sir Richard Burton, Lost City of Z, Jungle of Stone and this is the first of which I found myself wondering at the end, Was it worth it Alexander acknowledges that the original mission was a failure Considering again ES s quote about the inexorable power of ice, I can t help but ask, If you knew that coming in, what did you think your odds were of surviving While S s belief in optimism as moral courage is probably what saved his crew, is it not also the attitude that put them at risk in the first place, and to what end Where do heroic courage and foolhardiness overlap This is prissy cavilling, I understand, but I would ve liked Alexander to explore this question, even if just briefly Of course, the impulse to test oneself against the most challenging elements whether out of desire for glory or discovery and advancement in knowledge, or some irresistible existential need underlies innumerable discoveries that have benefited humanity or some of humanity than others in the long run, and I don t mean to suggest that all such journeys should always produce immediate and practical gains, but since Alexander does such a find job of plumbing the personalities of these admirable figures, yes, even, heroic, I just wish she d dug a little deeper into examining the ambiguous side of the story This niggling concern was enough to cost an otherwise excellent book a 1 2 star 4 1 2 stars.

  5. says:

    As a big fan of Alfred Lansing s 1959 story, Endurance, I was leery of another version, but I was drawn into this one because 1 my library doesn t have too many audio books to choose from, and 2 I was sucked in by the promise of new material from previously unavailable sources An excellent retelling this book is definitely worthwhile Shackleton and his crew set forth on a mission to cross the Antarctic continent on foot Their ship freezes solid in the pack ice before they can even begin the overland portion of the expedition They winter over on the ship and await the thaw Spring arrives, but the shifting floes crush the ship And so begins their test of endurance Shackleton believed that optimism is the true measure of moral courage As the leader of a crew of 27 men, he sings badly in their sing alongs, serves them tea in their tents, stands watch during their most desperate hours, and ultimately carries all of them to safety.Added features in this edition include photographs taken by expedition member Frank Hurley I missed those on audio Also, a fascinating afterword tells how each of the expedition members ultimately died in what year and under what circumstances Most died relatively young some of heart attacks while in their fifties and one died of lung cancer I wondered about the effects of those tundra grass cigarettes and all the huddling over blubber stoves.I highly recommend this book read it slowly and savor it In my case I had to often rewind

  6. says:

    The exhibition catalog for the exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History is than a coffee table book, this beautifully photo illustrated history of the Endurance expedition is a must read must see for anyone interested in the history of polar exploration Alexander, who writes so ably and knowledgeably about polar exploration also recently penned The Race to the South Pole in National Geographic s Sept 2011 issue Illustrations and photos like this one by Herbert Ponting below from National Geographic collection, as well as many others from the National Library of Norway s Picture Collection The Royal Geographical Society help Alexander bring the article s age of exploration back to life for today s readers Photograph by Herbert Ponting, National Geographic StockMore about this photo at National Geographic

  7. says:

    I first read Capt Frank Worsley s first hand account of the expedition was thoroughly fascinated by his telling of this amazing actually horrifying ordeal in the Antarctic Wanting to know , I then began Shackleton s South as an e book without photos was wishing there were photos to show me what they were talking about Then I chanced upon this book by Caroling Alexander at my neighborhood public library Bullseye In this book, Alexander has compiled all the pictures taken by the ship s photographer Hurley during that legendary journey they are worth gold The photos are reproduced exceptionally clear with good info about them complementing these extraordinary photos, Alexander has integrated not only her well researched narrative but many comments gleaned from the diaries kept by some of the men on this harrowing expedition, making this a fine report In fact, for an excellent overview of Shakleton s Antarctic Expedition this is the place to begin It also is the place to go if you want the human interest aspect of the 28 man team Alexander s book leaves you feeling you ve gotten to meet the guys even the animals Of particular interest to the cat lover in me is that this book is dedicated to Mrs Chippy the Tabby cat that the carpenter, McNish brought along obviously not thinking wrongly that this would be a trip from hell that his beloved cat would not survive You gotta read it to find out that part of the story Personally I still regard Worsley s book as better Alexander s comes off to me as a report, whereas in Worsley s telling you EXPERIENCE the Antarctic Evenso, this is a MUST SEE book filled with out of this world photos Don t miss out, they are amazing.

  8. says:

    Although my favorite book on Shackleton s expedition is Alfred Lansing s account, this is also an excellent version Focusing on the diverse members of the crew, Alexander creates vivid portraits of each man, revealing the camaraderie and toughness that undoubtedly contributed to their survival The main narrative is interspersed with extracts from the crew s journals, and there is of course a portrayal of Shackleton himself, a truly gifted leader As the author noted, At the core of Shackleton s gift for leadership in crisis wasthe fact that he elicited from his men strength and endurance they had never imagined they possessed he ennobled them.

  9. says:

    I read Lansing s book on this same topic and I was hooked on the story While this story didn t go into as many details as Lansing s book, it did provide a glimpse into the relationships and thoughts of many of the men The author s dependence on diaries really gave a the reader a clue as to how everyone felt as they struggled to survive I also like how the photographs were strewn throughout the book and humanized a lot of the men A great retelling of an an amazing adventure

  10. says:

    In some ways not the best choice for a read aloud to the 15 year old because we don t read consistently every night over the course of three months, we found it hard to keep track of who was who among the twenty something crew members, and got hazy on other details as well Still, it was rather fun to experience the extraordinary story with my son who managed to be relatively stoic about the fate of Mrs Chippy and the dogs , and the photographs are simply stunning.

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