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Captain Scott

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Presents the story of one of the greatest explorers who ever lived by 'the world's greatest living explorer'.
Paperback, 508 pages
Published 2004 by Coronet Books (first published 2003)
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'Aussie Rick'

This biography on Captain Scott by Ranulph Fiennes will rank in my top ten books for 2003. I have to confess that I have no in-depth knowledge on artic travel and exploration other than having read a few good books on the subject.

Having said that, out of the books that I have read on the subject this has to be the best so far. In any book I read I always have a look at the background (or pedigree) of the author. In this case Ranulph Fiennes has the personal experience of many years of artic tra...more
Richard Steel
Torn between 3 and 4 stars. The first half of the book is Scott's back-story before the ill fated Terra Nova expedition, and while it gives certain parts of the Terra Nova expedition some context, as a stand alone biography it was somewhat pedestrian - it was ok.

Second half is excellent; Fiennes experience with polar travel and conditions, together with his meticulous research of the expedition's letters and diaries, places him in an excellent position to be able to offer critical analysis of t...more
Ange
Although it's taken me quite some time to read "Captain Scott", this is more a reflection on me than the book. I found it a thorough and mostly well-written account of Captain Scott's Antarctic expeditions. Fiennes goes to great lengths to defend Scott's reputation against the claims made in Roland Huntford's book (which I have not read). However, I often felt that Fiennes tried too hard to justify or explain Scott's actions and the infrequent criticisms of Scott by his team (particularly by Tit...more
Mark
Very well researched book. Whilst it is clear that the book aims to redress some of the Scott debunker books of the 1970's, it is done in an objective and honest way. Written with a clear understanding of the conditions and perils faced in Antarctic travel and the many trials faced by Captain Scott and his men on that ill fated journey to the pole. Excellent read.
Shane
Had never read anything on Scott or on Antarctica before so was unaware of any tarnished image of Scott. Fiennes spends a lot of time in the book disputing other authors conclusions or myths that have sprung up in recent years which I found a bit annoying (maybe cause I was unaware of them to begin with)
It's a very detailed account of Scott's two expeditions and his ultimate demise. It was fascinating to hear the many challenges and deprivations the team faced and the struggles and how they ove...more
Matthew
A really excellent and passionate re-telling of Captain Scott's fateful voyages to the South Pole by Ranulph Fiennes. Scott's character and journeys have taken a bit of a bashing in recent times, if you asked most people what they knew it would be somthing along the lines of...'The Norwegian got there first'...'I may be some time'...'Didn't take dogs'...This I must admit was pretty much my level of knowledge as well. Fiennes completely re-assesses Scott and the decisions he made to paint the tru...more
Fraser
I bought this book in a moment of inspiration after a wonderful visit to Discovery Point in Dundee.

I have also followed Fiennes career closely, reading most of his books depicting his various travels and adventures.

This book is so passionate, one clearly feels the admiration that Fiennes holds for Scott, and the contempt he holds for authors who have never set foot on the snow and ice of the Antarctic.

Suffice to say, I found myself re-assessing the commonly held views of the noble failure of his...more
Ann-Marie
Jan 17, 2012 Ann-Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a fascinating and very sad story. This year it´s 100 years since Scott and two of his fellow explorers died on the ice in Antarctis. There is much written about him but Sir Ranulph Fiennes writing gave the story another dimension because Fiennes has been there and has endured much of what Scott did.

I liked the book very much. It is well written and easy to read. Fiennes tells Scott´s story, and is quite critical of much that has been told about him. I still don´t feel that I´ve learnt w...more
Jamie Mosley
Inspirational man. Makes me want to pack a bag and go exploring
Patty
It took me a while to get into this one even though I really love true-life adventure books. Its a long one with lots of history and background leading up to Scott's actual tragic push for the pole. In the end, I think that Fiennes is successful in making his case that Scott's reputation has been unfairly maligned by the Roland Huntford book on the same subject. At the time of Scott's death, he was considered a national hero, despite the obvious failure. Good read for anyone who enjoys reading a...more
Mark Spyker
What a wonderful read! At its most basic level this is the re-telling of a classic adventure by a master storyteller. On another level it is the restoration of Scott's reputation after Roland Huntford and others systematically shredded it at the end of the last Century. But what clinches this book's place in history is the passionate intensity and insight Fiennes brings to "The Greatest March Ever Made" in the light of his own manhauling expeditions across the Antarctic in more recent times. Def...more
Alison Sloggett
cool calmly read, as listened to the audio version, really brought home to me how brave and how hard it must have been for them all, as Ranulph Fiennes experience of doing the exact same trials , means he does know something about what they were going through.
really interesting book, and found it outrageous about the author he mentions in there who has written fabricated histories of Scott.
definitely recommend this to anyone who has any interest in explorers or the early 20th century.
Rebecca Spedding
Brilliant book setting the record straight after a very long time. Good on Ranulph Fiennes - a man who bags journeys to the polar regions like the likes of you and I would go to the pub! Far better to listen to what this man has to say that all these armchair travellers who know nothing about the conditions Scott and his men would have faced.
Rod
Rather detailed but a little long winded biography of Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

Fiennes goes to great lengths to justify the actions of the man who is clearly an inspiration to him. His attacks on later critics is well formulated but makes one concerned that Fiennes's defence of Scott may be a little too subjective as he defends his hero.

Barry
I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this book. A compelling tale of heroism and exploration that captures the importance of such feats in their era, it's dramatic, poignant (without being the least bit sentimental), detailed without ever being drudgery, and all told through the eyes of a "been there, done that" author.
Alan Porter
THE biography of Scott; detailed, insightful and gruelling. Compared it to Roland Huntford's version and you can see the difference between someone who has actually walked in his subject's footprints and someone who... well, hasn't.
Misha
Good book by good man and about great man
Just finished "The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole" and now I am confused. Which book tells true story. Sir Fiennes defense of Scott does not hold very well
Sarah
This was an excellent read. It was great to get Sir Ranulphs point of view on such a famous story. I am in awe of how much they endured with such simple equipment. I really recommend this book.
Dave
Perhaps one of the best books about polar exploration I've read (and there have been plenty) RF is able to give a unique viewpoint on some of the decisions Scott and his party made.
Michael Lawson
Really good book. The author has first hand experience of man hauling through the Antarctic, and has special insight therefore into this amazing tale.
Michael
truly inspirational
Lucy
Iron grit determination and stiff upper lippery are the chief characteristics of the men in this book. They don't make em like that anymore.
Greenelander
Superb factual account by one who has been there, meant to set the record straight on Robert Falcon Scott.
Leon Foot
A realy well researched and objective account of Scott's life.
Lindsay
Amazing book - can't imagine how they endured such an expedition.
Madisorg
inspiration to all - fight for a greater cause.
Steve
CHristmas 2003 - New Years Day read at David's
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Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE, better known as Ranulph (Ran) Fiennes, is a British adventurer and holder of several endurance records.

Fiennes has written books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists. In May 2009, aged 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. According to the Guinness Book o...more
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