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Short Description for Shackleton A great adventure story, suffused with the spirit of Edwardianism, and winner of the Nelson, Hurst & Marsh biography award
- Published: 21 September 1989
- Format: Paperback 800 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780349107448 ISBN 10: 0349107440
- Sales rank: 30,096
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Reviews for Shackleton
Shackleton is a name I was familiar with for most of my early adulthood. He is one of , if not THE most recognized explorer of the 20th century. This book makes excellent reading with every story being backed up diary accounts from the men involved in the expedition to letters from political leaders and hierarchy at the time to Shackletons own personal letters to his family.
Shackleton led a truly remarkable way of life and this book captures every detail of the preparation for expeditions, difficulties of domestic life, the burning ambition of a man who wished to succeed at the highest level at whatever he turned his hand to and surviving the wrath of nature's most difficult condition. Lessons are to be learned from his leadership skills and approach towards problem solving.
I found most interesting about the book was the return to civilization after the Endurance expedition. Upon leaving the World on the brink of World War 1 and the upon returning home with Europe and the world in complete chaos. These accounts are very interesting and arouse mindfulness and thought.
Possibly the down side of the book is the rivalry between Scott and Shackleton. Maybe the authors writing was blown a little out of proportion although I feel the rivalry was tense and competitive the authors point of view was extreme and a little biased with very little accounts of the bitterness between the two in which he described.
A must read. by John