Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Book - 2014
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"Bound for Antarctica, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent, the Endurance set sail from England in August 1914. In January 1915, after battling its way for six weeks through a thousand miles of pack ice and now only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed. But for Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men the ordeal had barely begun. It would end only after a near-miraculous journey by Shackleton and a skeleton crew through over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. This astonishing tale of survival by Shackleton and all twenty-seven of his men for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's brilliantly narrated book has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip"--
Published: New York :, Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780465058785
Branch Call Number: 919.89 LAN
Characteristics: xxi, 357 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Shackleton's incredible voyage


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Mar 27, 2021

Think you got it rough? Read this book.

Aug 27, 2020

4 1/2 - 5 stars. I don't normally read any books but fiction but a few years ago, I decided to expand my horizons and read one non-fiction book a month. This was my selection for August, a book my son and my husband both recommended to me and it was such a terrific read. This book about the Shackleton expedition to cross the continent of Antarctica was a thrilling roller coaster of a ride. Using diaries of the survivors and interviews, Lansing has written an excellent adventure. This book is a triumph of man's hope, experience and persistence in the face of the impossible. I found it to be like a thriller only instead of bad men, the foe was nature and the cold and ice. This book is a classic.

Jan 24, 2020

Recommended by Sandy Bowler

Dec 26, 2019

Life isn't fair. We all get that.
But to truly appreciate those few toe-stubs of respite along our march of troubles, understanding how others have trudged through the impassable...helps to instill the required...
......broader perspective.
This story's title is just as representative of the characters who survived it, as it is ironic for being the actual name of the only one... that did not.
Lansing was the first to compile all the diaries, post-expedition oral & written accounts and relevant archived records pertaining to Sir Ernest Shackleton's "Imperial Antarctic Expedition" of 1914-17. With his vivid storytelling acumen, he wove this material into a comprehensive and uplifting tale of an adventure gone wrong, only to become one of the greatest human expressions of....

Feb 03, 2019

Although the outcome of this story is well known, the book keeps the interest level high. We get to meet the members of the crew as well as the leadership. The language of the book is beautifully descriptive without providing too much in the way of detail. The narrative is well paced. Ironically, the moto of the Shackleton family is Endurance which was the name of the doomed ship. To survive on the ice flows, cross storm tossed South Atlantic Ocean in small boats, and trek across South Georgia island through snow with no route established required a lot of endurance. That the men all survived is a tribute to the leadership of Earnest Shackleton. Numerous times he declined to suggestions proffered by other men but generally opted for a cautious approach although it might take more time. It is also interesting that Shackleton paid close attention in the allocation of men to tents or boats. This was to an effort to minimize personality problems that could sap the spirit of the men under these most trying times. Nevertheless, the party required some luck in addition to skill to survive.

Jan 30, 2019

Men pushed to their limit--human courage but also human weakness. Fascinating.

ArapahoeJill Oct 03, 2018

"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success." This was the 1915 newspaper advertisement that Sir Ernest Shackleton reportedly placed in a newspaper in search of a crew of men willing to cross the then last uncharted continent of Antarctica. If you are looking for an inspiring story, read this gripping account of what happened when the ship Endurance was caught in the ice, leaving Shackleton and a skeleton crew no choice but to set out on the vast South Atlantic sea on a harrowing rescue mission. A remarkable tale of courage, perseverance, and heroism that I couldn't put down.

Jul 27, 2018

As the book’s subtitle says, what happened to Shackleton’s crew on their way to the South Pole is incredible. Trust me, you won’t be able to read this in more than 3 or 4 sittings.

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

This book grew on me until, with an intense rush of relief, it brought me to tears. With bravery, integrity, and fortitude beyond measure, this is more than just a survival story. Instead it reflects a unfathomable feat, only possible because of this crew’s immense ability to preserve and respect a brotherhood, a community, and a fellowship.

SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

Their ship caught and crushed by pack ice, a 1914 Antarctic expedition is left stranded at the bottom of the world. Against incredible odds, leader Sir Ernest Shackleton leads every one of this men to safety, first over the ice, then around it in their tiny rowboats. Despite its age (originally published in 1959) this is still the most thrilling account of the best survival story in history.

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