Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book -- with over 200,000 copies sold -- has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip. To write their author...more
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(Mind you, I had the same reluctance to read of the exploits of explorers that your question implies that you do. I generally prefer the courage that rescues children from Hitler's Germany or serves the dying in a hospice. But this is a good book. Get an edition with the full complement of photos.)(less)
* Psst....don’t mention this to my wife as she thinks she took care of this years ago.
Stranded for over a year in the most inhospitable climate on the face of the Earth, literally one tiny step away from complete disaster due to starvation, extreme weather or the ice flows on which they lived deciding to crack and deposit into the freezing depths below.
Holy persevering manliness Batman, I was w ...more
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i was going to write a DBR of this last night, because that's what shackleton would do, but then i ended up eating candy and doodling instead, and that is why i live a life of mediocrity and insignificance and i am not like shackleton, who ran into some trouble on a boat ride and managed to triumph over impossible odds.
that's what i love the most - his unflagging op ...more
I have never even remotely come into a situation as dire and desperate as the stranded crew of the Endurance. If I did, I’m sure I would curl up in the fetal position and just hope that it all works itself out. That being said, it wouldn’t be long before I would freeze to death or be killed and eaten by a sea leopard. However, if Shackleton was my captain, he could probably get more out of me then I would think possi ...more
As far as true survival stories go, or the utmost extreme conditions that man could possibly endure, and yet survive; this has got to be it. It's absolutely incredible what these 27 men went through. I have read several stories of true survival, but this one takes the cake.
This is the true story of Polar explorer Earnest Shackleton and his 27 men who set sail on "The Endurance" for Antarcti ...more
Ernest Shackleton set out in 1914 to cross the Antarctic from west to east. Yes, WW1 had broken out and he had Churchill’s go-ahead Why? For the glory of Britain and for his own glory too. The race for polar discovery was in full-swing. On December 14, 1911, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led the first successful expe ...more
The book describes the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17) his third expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition.
Endurance became beset in the ice of the Weddell Sea before reaching Vahsel Bay held in the pack ice throughout the Antarctic winter of 1915.
It is insaaaaaannnneeeeee!!!!
But even though the whole time you are reading it, you are thinking to yourself -- #$(*&@$%(*waaahhh!!! -- the writing is remarkably restrained and pithy, putting you right in the moment without distracting you from what's going on. You'd almost think you were reading Updike, except the people in the story are real, and ...more
The leader was Sir Ernest Shackleton with a crew of 27 (plus a stowaway) and 69 sledge (Canadian) dogs. They were set to do what no one had ever done before: cross the Antarctic continent and, by doing so, become famous and ri ...more
If you do, you will undoubtedly want to check out Caroline Alexander's "The Endurance : Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition" as a companion volume. Lansing's book is excellent on exposition, but skimpy on photos. What makes Alexander's account compelling is the inclusion of ~ 150 photos, taken by the expedition's official photographer, Frank ...more
- Пережити полярну зиму на вмерзлому в лід кораблі без жодної надії подати звістку
- Пережити ще півроку у таборі на дрейфуючій кризі, після того як корабль роздушено льодом
- Провести кілька днів майже без сну та на межі голоду мігруючи поміж танучими кригами (і тягнучи за собою три човни)
- За ще чотири безсонні дні доплисти до негостинного шматка скелі посеред океану, загубити та знову знайти один одного у штормі
- Послати чотирьох на човні по допомогу до населеного острову та чекати б ...more
BUT IT FREAKING HAPPENED.
Look if you want to learn how to be a good manager, a good adventurist, a good person- then you need ...more
3.5 stars - Audio book is well done.
A little bit dry at times yet still a fascinating story about Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. I can't even begin to imagine the hardships that Shackleton and his crew endured while they were marooned at the bottom of the world with absolutely no chance of rescue. It really gives you a sense of Mother Nature's power. Makes you look at ice in a whole new way.
Thanks to the fact that each of the men kept a diary, Lansing gives a precise picture of what the crew faced day by day; he was also able to interview many of them as he researched the book. The story gets a bit repeti ...more
But the sea is a different sort of enemy. Unlike the land, where courage and the simple will to endure can often see a man through, the struggle against the sea is an act of physical combat, and there is no escape. It is a battle against a tireless enemy in which man never actually wins; the most that he can hope for is not to be defeated.
Prior to reading this tale of the Endurance and the "Imperial Trans-Antartic Expedition" led by Ernest Shackleton, I had watched a compelling documentary, whi ...more
Yeah. Awesome awesome awesome. Loved it. This stuff actually happened. There must have been something special about Shackleton as a leader - choosing the particular men he did (Worsely, for instance, was most impressive to me), and his style of leading.
I c ...more
-Ernest Shackleton, 4 Burlington st."
This book is one of expedition, discovery, and danger. It is a masterful compilation of the information from the original shipmates' diaries. It truly illustrates the immensity of Ernest Shackleton's intelligence and especially his leadership skills. He had the innate ability to judge ...more
These are only some of the reasons that this book absolutely blew me away. Shackleton and his crew set out to be the first men to cross Antarctica....in 1914. They set sail, got stuck in the pack ice, had to abandon their ship, and then s ...more
This book is as gripping as any novel- more so, because the unbelievable story it recounts is true! It is inspiring and convicting reading of men who went through such incredible difficulties- it provides great perspective and a humbling frame of reference through which to see the trials of my own life. The author does not write with as strong and clear of a Providential perspective as I would have liked; there are a few other minor worldview and artistic quibbles that I could nitpick at; th ...more
The book wasn't terribly reflective and didn't try any pop psychology on the men of the expedition, and so at times it was much more minute-by-minute reportage of two years of unrelenting frozen hell rather than a meditation on heroism or leadership. The author really let the events and the primary sources speak for themselves. One thing I was hankering for was a little bit more descriptive language and a bit more narrat ...more
I highly recommend this read. It is exciting and keeps you on your toes. It also makes you glad you still have your toes. You should probably read this in the middle of the summer.
Also I've lived in Shackleton's house for a year and a half. I've also seen his boats, and gotten into his crows nest. Needless to say, I'm a real Ernest Shackleton fan.
Alfred Lansing served in the US Navy from 1940-46. He received the Purple Heart for his wartime service.
Later he attended North Park College, 1946-48, Northwestern University, 1948-50.
Lansing became a member of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England in 1957.