The Endurance Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

The Endurance Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

The Endurance Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition ❧ The Endurance Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition free download ➛ Author Caroline Alexander – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In August 1914 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 August days Shackleton's legendary eBook ↠ 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 The Endurance MOBI :Þ 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 Endurance Shackleton's legendary PDF/EPUB å 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 euipment; 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 all.


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

  1. Vanessa Vanessa 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. Miquel Reina Miquel Reina 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 fictionSpanish versionAmo las historias de superación aventuras y de viaje no puedo evitar recomendaros este maravilloso relato de Caroline Alexander Atrapados en el hielo narra la expedición real a la Antártida en ue Shakelton y su tripulación tuvieron ue sobrevivir después de ue su barco fuera tragado por el hielo Es un relato trepidante lleno de aventuras en la ue como una caja de pandora salen a flote todas las emociones humanas en este caso incluso la esperanza Una esperanza ue ninguno de ellos perdió durante la penosa y larga odisea ue tuvieron ue sufrir Recomiendo este libro a todos los amantes de los relatos de supervivencia de aventuras y de superación en los ue la realidad a veces supera incluso la ficción


  3. Tom Tom says:

    On pg 3 Alexander uotes 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 eventsAlexander 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 resentmentsHer 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 storyThroughout 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 pressureI'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 uote 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 uestion 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 12 star 4 12 stars


  4. Xio Xio 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 USI 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 ContemptNot that I care that much The book is excellent a bit magaziney


  5. Martha☀ Martha☀ says:

    No matter how many books I read nor movies I watch I just can't seem to get enough of Shackleton Trying to imagine the dashing of dreams and the prolonged suffering that he and his crew had to endure is too much But the real heroism lies in the ualities that Shackleton himself brought to this excursion the way he selected his crew not so much on seamanship experience but on each's personal optimism; the way he was able to uickly recognize without ego that the Excursion was now a rescue operation; the way he made the impossible come to pass over and over and over again; and the way he couldn't rest until all his men were back with himAlexander writes a compelling account of the unbelievable expedition and does so in a concise and highly readable way My only regret is that the photos which accompany her book are not included in the audio version


  6. Cathy Cathy 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 safetyAdded 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 stovesI highly recommend this book; read it slowly and savor it In my case I had to often rewind


  7. Natalie Natalie 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 readmust 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 readersPhotograph by Herbert Ponting National Geographic StockMore about this photo at National Geographic


  8. Mary Mary 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


  9. Kay Kay 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


  10. Emily Emily 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


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

  1. Vanessa Vanessa 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. Miquel Reina Miquel Reina 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 fictionSpanish versionAmo las historias de superación aventuras y de viaje no puedo evitar recomendaros este maravilloso relato de Caroline Alexander Atrapados en el hielo narra la expedición real a la Antártida en ue Shakelton y su tripulación tuvieron ue sobrevivir después de ue su barco fuera tragado por el hielo Es un relato trepidante lleno de aventuras en la ue como una caja de pandora salen a flote todas las emociones humanas en este caso incluso la esperanza Una esperanza ue ninguno de ellos perdió durante la penosa y larga odisea ue tuvieron ue sufrir Recomiendo este libro a todos los amantes de los relatos de supervivencia de aventuras y de superación en los ue la realidad a veces supera incluso la ficción

  3. Tom Tom says:

    On pg 3 Alexander uotes 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 eventsAlexander 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 resentmentsHer 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 storyThroughout 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 pressureI'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 uote 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 uestion 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 12 star 4 12 stars

  4. Xio Xio 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 USI 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 ContemptNot that I care that much The book is excellent a bit magaziney

  5. Martha☀ Martha☀ says:

    No matter how many books I read nor movies I watch I just can't seem to get enough of Shackleton Trying to imagine the dashing of dreams and the prolonged suffering that he and his crew had to endure is too much But the real heroism lies in the ualities that Shackleton himself brought to this excursion the way he selected his crew not so much on seamanship experience but on each's personal optimism; the way he was able to uickly recognize without ego that the Excursion was now a rescue operation; the way he made the impossible come to pass over and over and over again; and the way he couldn't rest until all his men were back with himAlexander writes a compelling account of the unbelievable expedition and does so in a concise and highly readable way My only regret is that the photos which accompany her book are not included in the audio version

  6. Cathy Cathy 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 safetyAdded 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 stovesI highly recommend this book; read it slowly and savor it In my case I had to often rewind

  7. Natalie Natalie 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 readmust 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 readersPhotograph by Herbert Ponting National Geographic StockMore about this photo at National Geographic

  8. Mary Mary 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

  9. Kay Kay 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

  10. Emily Emily 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

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