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ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S INCREDIBLE VOYAGE Alfred Lansing 1959 1st ed Hardcover DJ Very Good
By Lansing, Alfred
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New York, McGraw-Hill, 1959, stated first edition. 282 pp, b/w photos, mapped end papers. Hardcover with edgewear and chipped dust jacket. Very Good

Perhaps the most exciting book to read that we carry! This account of Shackleton's shipwreck ranks as one of the most harrowing classics of the Antarctic. 

In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance. The object of the expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in ice. For five months Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways on one of the most savage regions of the world.

This utterly gripping book, based on firsthand accounts of crew members and interviews with survivors, describes how the men survived, how they lived together in camps on the ice for 17 months until they reached land, how they were attacked by sea leopards, had to kill their beloved dogs whom they could no longer feed, the diseases which they developed (an operation to amputate the foot of one member of the crew was carried out on the ice), and the extraordinary indefatigably of the men and their lasting civility towards one another in the most adverse conditions conceivable. This is a harrowing adventure and an extremely compelling book - a bestseller.

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