60th out of 63 books — 14 voters
Return to Antarctica: The Amazing Adventure of Sir Charles Wright on Robert Scott's Journey to the South Pole
By 1910, the Antarctic was the last place on earth that had never been explored, and British naval officer Robert Scott was obsessed that an Englishman - specifically himself - should conquer the pole. Despite being under-funded, under-equipped and unprepared, Scott sailed south in the antiquated whaling ship, Terra Nova, in what everyone assumed would be a cracking good a...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by John Wiley & Sons
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The story of Scott's trek to the South Pole has been told many ways, and this is another interesting view. The book's author is the grandson of Charles (Silas) Wright, who accompanied Scott almost to the pole but was not chosen among the final 4 to be with him on the last leg of the journey. The author not only has Silas's diaries, but also traveled to Antarctica to see the buildings where the polar parties overwintered near the shore. The insights from Silas's diaries give new perspectives on s...more