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Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen Ambition and Tragedy in the Antarctic

Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen Ambition and Tragedy in the Antarctic
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560254225
  • ISBN: 156025422X
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Thomson, David

SUMMARY

Between the middle of January and the end of March 1912 five men died in the attempt to return from the South Pole to their base on the edge of Antarctica. Their leader, the last to die and the man whose diary described their agonies was Robert Falcon Scott. The expedition had been beaten to the Pole by a band of racing Norwegians, led by Roald Amundsen. The bodies of the last three to die were found seven months later and, ever since, Scott's men have been British heroes. It is that legend, as much as their ordeal that is the subject of this book. Scott's men and the supporting characters, Amundsen and Shackleton, his rivals; Clement Markham, his discoverer; his wife Kathleengive a fascinating picture of English society before the First World War. The story of the drama becomes also an illustration of human and social character. And, to the extent that Scott is legendary in England, the book tells something about the English and their attitude to duty. "When Thomson writes a book, it is time for celebration."Booklist " "Thomson is an expert: an expert storyteller, critic, thinker, investigator and observer of the all-too-human landscape."Steven BachThomson, David is the author of 'Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen Ambition and Tragedy in the Antarctic' with ISBN 9781560254225 and ISBN 156025422X.

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