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|By Caroline Alexander
In recent years there has been
Shackleton craze: several TV
a TV docudrama starring Kenneth
and a major exhibit at the American
of Natural History in New York.
This is the book that set it all in motion.
As you may know by now, Ernest Shackleton
led a failed British expedition to cross
the Antarctic continent in 1914. After his
ship, the Endurance, was trapped in pack
ice and crushed, his men and he waged a desperate
struggle for survival. How they eventually
returned home safely is one of the great
adventure stories of all time, wonderfully
recounted by the author. As exciting as that
story is, the 140 hauntingly beautiful images
brought back by expedition photographer Frank
Hurley are the real prize in this book.
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