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The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition
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By Caroline Alexander

In recent years there has been a veritable Shackleton craze: several TV documentaries, a TV docudrama starring Kenneth Branagh, and a major exhibit at the American Museum 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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