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3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Historian David Crane, with full access to the explorer's papers, diaries, and expedition records, gives us an illuminating portrait of Robert Falcon Scott that is more nuanced and balanced than any wehave had before.
In reassessing Scott's life, Crane is able to provide a fresh perspective on not only the" Discovery" expedition of 1901-4 and the "TerraNova" expedition of
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Published December 10th 2008 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2005)
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Pete daPixie
Apr 01, 2016 Pete daPixie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I doubt that anyone has written a more complete biography on Scott. The author David Crane exhibits a great understanding of the man and his times. Crane has clearly done more than just research his topic in archives and libraries, as is made plain at the end of the book, where a Q.& A. section, accompanied with his own photographs, show that Crane has sampled Scott's domain at Cape Evans.
'Scott of the Antarctic' (2005) is such a complete and well balanced biog. I have learned so much that h
Dec 03, 2013 Gabriel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Exhaustive, or just exhausting? This isn't a book strictly about the Antarctic expedition: it's about Scott. But just how much of his rather boring and unexceptional upbringing can a writer ask us to sit through? Crane hasn't even reached the tip of the iceberg at page 150. Nearly a book's worth of material better left out, as far as I was concerned. Surely people reading this book are reading it mainly for details of the expedition, no?

Also, Crane seems fairly unfair to Scott's men, especially
A good book on a fascinating subject and a complex man. This is a bit of re-revisionism seeking to add luster to the image of Robert Falcon Scott - an image which has seen great heights but which, in more recent years, has suffered. It is a bit densely written, but the subject matter makes it worth a little more effort.

Thomas Turley
May 19, 2016 Thomas Turley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
By far the best recent biography of the explorer. Crane charts a discerning course between the “Heroic Legend” of Scott’s Last Expedition and its leader’s overzealous debunkers and defenders. While acknowledging the justice of most criticisms of Scott’s naval methods, Crane rescues him from the outright character assassination begun by Roland Huntford. In analyzing Scott’s leadership, Crane contrasts the inexperienced but confident young officer of the Discovery Expedition with the man who retur ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thorough work - gives the reader a good idea of the life and character of Robert Scott, the British Captain/explorer who got to the South Pole in Jan 1912, only to learn that he had been outplayed by the Norwegian Amundsen (the 1st human who conquered the South Pole in Dec 1911, less than 1 month before Scott did reach it w/ his party of 5).

The work captures beautifully the personal journey Scott undertook to find himself, negotiating between an uniformed life in service and his inner
Jun 23, 2014 Greynomad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to women, Scott was a bloody wurst. I am surprised that his wife didn't take over the trek to the South Pole. Horse's, did not Scott understand the limitations of bringing horses on the trek south…..? At least with dogs when they died they provided fodder for the other dogs. Amundsen understood this and as such got to the pole a month ahead of Scott. Another problem I had with Scott's planning was the food allocation for the animals and men on their treks. Constantly under estimati ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Elyse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredibly frustrating. I picked it up after really enjoying Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth. That book is engaging and thoroughly researched, but it has been criticized for being unduly harsh on Scott. I thought I would try something a bit more sympathetic to his perspective, and I decided to read this biography.

Crane tries to paint an accurate portrait of Scott, attempting to characterize both his bravery and his occasional incompetence. It doesn't work because Crane ne
Mark Woodland
Jul 28, 2011 Mark Woodland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as preparation/research to perform in the play, Terra Nova, that tells the story of the doomed Scott expedition in the race to be the first humans to reach the South Pole. Jason makes a good point about the ponderous introduction, but the book itself is fascinating. Not only does it illuminate Scott himself, but many of the people around him, including Dr. Wilson, Evans, and the other members of the actual expedition. It also fills in much of the background of Scott's life, and ...more
Rebecca Haslam
I can't say I'd ever really thought out Captain Scott and his adventures to the Pole, but I found this book in a store that was shutting down and decided to give it a shot. At over 500 pages, it's one of the longest I have read in recent years, but the detail contained within it therefore is not surprising. I may not have given much thought to the men (and the animals) that perished on such dangerous journeys, but the last chapter or so in particular was enough to make me feel proud of what they ...more
Jul 10, 2008 Sue marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
**June 6, 1868. When British explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole in January 1912, he discovered that he had lost the "Race for the Pole" by only one month to Norwegian Roald Amundsen. Then, to the shock of the rest of the world, Scott and his entire party perished while attempting to return home. Author David Crane uses Scott's own diaries and letters to probe the explorer's life and voyages, providing a fresh perspective on the man behind the myth. Dramatic details of polar expl ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More or less the only book on Scott that reaches beyond the endless squabbling over him and paints a portrait that persuasively shows how much bigger, more complex, and more contradictory he was than any of the cartoonish hero/fool accounts suggest. I was reminded of Roy Jenkins on Churchill: what a strange thing it is to have about six ordinary-sized human beings packed into one life.
Amy Corton
had to skip some parts, too much info about his marriage etc which I found pretty boring! getting through this enormous book was a feat of endurance, some parts of it were great but I didn't need to know every tiny detail of scott's life.
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