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Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer

By Michael Smith

Hardback

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Ernest Shackleton is one of history’s great explorers, a tenacious and charismatic personality who became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He was a restless adventurer from an Irish background with acclaimed leadership skills. But he was also a flawed character whose chaotic private life, marked by romantic affairs, unfulfilled ambitions and failed business ventures, contrasted with celebrity status as the leading explorer. Persistent money problems left his men unpaid and his family with debts. This first comprehensive biography in a generation draws on extensive research of original diaries, letters and many other publications. It brings a fresh perspective to the heroic age of Polar exploration which was dominated by Shackleton’s complex, compelling and enduringly fascinating story.

  • Book Format: Hardback
  • Published: 2014
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
  • Number of pages: 456
  • ISBN: 9781848891760
  • Illustrations note: Maps, Colour photos, B&W photos,
Polar explorer Shackleton has finally received the literary treatment his legendary life deserves.
Smith's writing is lucid, incisive and, especially in the passages describing the action, as gripping as many an adventure novel.
Rich volume, written in a passionate, engaging style that makes it a compelling read.
There are so many instances of derring-do on his four expeditions to the Antarctic that it’s hard to comprehend how he achieved all he did without any of the technological support we now take for granted. And all on a diet of penguin, biscuits and fish.
The book, written in a brisk, unfussy style, captures the duality of the man and is propelled by his burning sense of adventure.
Included in The Best Biographies of 2014.
Calm, even-handed appraisal.
Fascinating.
As a buccaneering Edwardian adventurer, as hapless in his private life as he was dynamic in his public exploits, he is rescued by Smith’s genial study as a flawed, enduring inspiration.
Mr Smith brings his own considerable scholarship in the field to the story.
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