What an incredible story! We had reached the naked soul of man.”, National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction (1960). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2020. Truly incredible. After serving more than five years in the Navy, he enrolled at North Western University, Illinois and majored in journalism. In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men, sailed for the South Atlantic on the 'Endurance' with the object of crossing the Antarctic over land. I think it is due for another re-read! It is these extraordinary photographs that are among those produced in this illustrated edition of Alfred Lansing's harrowing and inspiring classic. In 1914, just as World War 1 was starting, Ernest Shackleton embarked on a journey to cross the Antarctic continent in the Endurance. Sir Earnest Shackleton & Frank Worsley were two of some 20 men who incredibly survived a journey to Antarctica that went awry from almost its onset. Through all of this, Shackleton has never lost a man. by Carroll & Graf Publishers. From there, they returned in a ship to rescue the men left behind on Elephant Island. Shackleton and a crew of 27 (plus one stowaway) first headed to the Weddell Sea on the ship Endurance. Why should I read this book instead of Shackleton's own account? Lansing's style doesn't go in for wild hyperbole as he doesn't need to - the meticulous research, multiple sources of information and the simple facts of the story of the crew of the endurance tell a gripping tale. Today I am talking about the book Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, which was written by Alfred Lansing. YouTubers name is Thoughty2. I know this is an incredible survival story, but I have to call bullshit. Condition: New. This gripping book based on firsthand accounts of crew members, describes how the men survived, living together in camps on the ice for 17 months, how they were attacked by sea leopards, had to kill their beloved dogs whom they could no longer feed, and suffered disease with no medicines (an operation to amputate the foot of one member of the crew was carried out on the ice). Through all of this, Shackleton has never lost a man. I recommend this audiobook too because the narrator work was superb. As a help in biding the time, Shackleton also lent members of the crew books from his personal library, the exact contents of which were unknown, until recently. He then joined the United Press and in 1952 became a freelance writer. January 1st 1959 I have never enjoyed an audiobook like this. Writing in the 1950s, Lansing was able to supplement his review of journal accounts by conducting first-hand interviews with many of the expedition's survivors. 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. Is it more then just we climbed the mountain because it was there? What adds to the appeal of the book is the wonderful color throughout - details of how the men made life bearable during this unbearably stressful and gruelling experience - playing football on the ice, putting on Christmas Eve talent shows, passing the time by making a list of the foods they'd most like to eat when they are stranded on a desolate rock with nothing to eat but seal blubber. I recommend this book to those who want to throw themselves into another world, albeit a world cold, wet, icy and filled with fear, exhaustion and hunger. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Alfred Lansing was a veteran journalist, who wrote for Collier's, among other magazines. The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge (21-Feb-2012) Paperback, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Historical Nonfiction Bestseller, True Story Book of Survival). Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Shackleton then travelled another 850 miles in an open boat across the stormiest ocean in the world to reach help. I think it is due for another re-read! Custom Search Disclosure: I may earn a commission when you use a link on this site to make a purchase on another website. Great read and really hard to put down because even though you think you know what's going to happen, you still have to find out how. He was sent home early due to bad health. Ernest Shackleton’s most popular book is Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. The real reasons for people doing the unfathomable are almost always impossible to explain in a trite interview format, to a person who inherently doesn't get that drive because they don't possess it themselves. Shackleton named his ship Endurance, borrowing from his family motto: “By endurance we conquer.”. The story told here is simply remarkable and the attitude of the brave souls in it marvelously retold. This is a straightforward, perhaps even understated, telling of Ernest Shackleton's failed 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition that led to a lengthy (over a year) battle against the elements for survival, including a crossing of the Drake passage in a 22-foot whaleboat using only rudimentary navigation equipment and a never-before-attempted overland crossing of treacherous South Georgia island with only a small length of rope and a carpenter's adze. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their objective, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. The way they engineer their own rescue is hardly to be believed. Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition was the remarkable final chapter in the Heroic Age of Exploration. 10/5 ⭐️'s: An exciting, epic battle of survival; Stoicism to the nth degree. this looks interesting.. History lovers, true story enthusiasts, fans of exploration. Hurley took this photograph of Shackleton’s cabin in March 1915, two months after the Endurance became trapped in ice. I used to be OK with letting such stuff go as a "conversation starter" but I now think such fuzziness is too dangerous. Although this book was nonfiction, it read like a thriller. Alfred Lansing as a native of Chicago. Believe he's the only c. Nice review! What an incredible book, impossible to put down, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2017. Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017. Fabulous! 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