This is an incredible story of triumph over adversity and strength of character. The book is gripping, not only because the story is gripping, but because it brings a human touch to history. Through journal entries, one experiences the thoughts of the actual players in this epic battle, one sees heroes of history not as mythic creatures, but as men, men who make bad decisions, men with flaws, but men nonetheless, men who pull together and rise beyond themselves to survive dangers and conditions that seem unimaginable to us today. This is how history should be taught, not as dates, not as mythic hero-worship, as the story of how we humans can be more than the sum of our weaknesses, and how great achievement comes not from being perfectly good and strong, but from digging deep into our fears and our failings and rising above them. Most of us will never have to endure anything as horrific as the struggle of these men. Most of us will never need an Ernest Shackleton to pull us together and keep us going. And for this I for one am incredibly grateful. And yet, by sharing the actual experience of these men, only partially, through their words and our imaginations, we can learn something more about ourselves, and perhaps strengthen our confidence in our own resolve and endurance, for battles both large and small.
Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
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In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice.
Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.
In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.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.
In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.
In Endurance, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.
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This is an incredible ...
In the summer of 1914,...
In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endurance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventually was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most savage regions of the world before they were finally able to set sail again in one of the ship's lifeboats. Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a white-knuckle account of this astounding odyssey. Through the diaries of team members and interviews with survivors, Lansing reconstructs the months of terror and hardship the Endurance crew suffered. In October of 1915, there "were no helicopters, no Weasels, no Sno-Cats, no suitable planes. Thus their plight was naked and terrifying in its simplicity. If they were to get out--they had to get themselves out." How Shackleton did indeed get them out without the loss of a single life is at the heart of Lansing's magnificent true-life adventure tale.
In August 1914, the sh...
In August 1914, the ship Endurance left England on the first leg of what was called the Imperial Trans-Arctic Expedition. Led by Ernest Shackleton, the purpose of the expedition was to cross the Antarctic continent on land, from one end to the other, across the South Pole. The ship was sturdily built, well-supplied, and had an able crew. The Endurance left for Antarctica from South Georgia Island on December 5. By February 1915, the ship was trapped in the ice. The crew wintered on the ship. In October, when it became clear that the Endurance was going to be crushed by the pack ice, Shackleton ordered his crew to abandon ship. They set up camp on an ice floe, in the hopes that it would drift north towards land. When the ice floe broke up in April 1916, the crew gathered in their lifeboats and reached Elephant Island. From there, Shackleton and a crew of five journeyed through the roughest seas on the planet back to South Georgia Island, about 800 miles away. Shacklteon then returned by ship to Elephant Island to rescue his crew, arriving on August 30, 2016, two years after they had left England. The miracle of this expedition is that every man on the expedition survived. Shackleton's leadership ability and courage are legendary. So-everyone knows the basics of this amazing story. What Alfred Lansing has done is bring these intrepid explorers to life. For his source material, Lansing had access to diaries and personal accounts of some members of the expedition, and was able to interview a a number of the surviving members of the expedition. Even knowing the outcome, I was riveted by the details that Lansing wrote about. The crew was subject to the constantly changing Antarctic weather. Shrieking winds, blinding snow, high seas, sub-freezing temperatures, and months of darkness plagued them during the winter. The Antarctic summer brought little relief, as temperatures hovered near freezing, and the melting and shifting ice brought extraordinary danger. The story of Shackleton's expedition is a true life adventure, with true life heroes.
Amazing story. Amazing...
Amazing story. Amazing men who maintained their good attitudes throughout this treacherous journey under the able leadership of Shackleton. Perfect timing to listen to this audiobook. My back had gone out during the most difficult part of their journey. I kept thinking that my pain was nothing compared to theirs! Great book.
Just. Incredible. Wha...
Just. Incredible. What a great story, it was magnificently written, using great sources, and read by one of the best in the business. So good I listened to it back to back with no pause in-between, I have never done that before. A must for almost everyone. I cannot say enough good things about this.
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