Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (Anniversary, pb)
Author: Alfred Lansing | Paperback
The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.
In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.
In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.
An incredibly fascinating and entertaining real-life story that keeps the reader engaged from cover-to-cover. Reading through Alfred Lansing's novel about the Shackleton led Antarctic expedition truly is one of the best adventure stories ever recorded. The harrowing story of survival is equally matched by the very candid, quirky, and larger-than-life personality of Shackelton and his crew. To believe that he and all his men made it out alive, no one dead, from being stranded in the Arctic for over a year is almost too mythical to be true. The novel never seems to dull, just as a fight for survival can never let up. Knowing that Lansing gathered all his information by interviewing and spending time with each of the survivors in order to retell their collective journey makes for authentic storytelling made all the more intriguing by Lansing's modern-day journalistic prose. It is a book that will leave you inspired and the type of read that you will want to pass on to another friend once you're done. -Dave DeLuca, bookshop owner