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In Shackleton's Footsteps: A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic

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On October 29, 1908, a party of four men, led by Ernest Shackleton, set out to be the first to reach the South Pole. Three months later, their mission was in ruins and they faced certain death if they carried on. Just ninety-seven miles from the South Pole, Shackleton turned back.One hundred years later, in October 2008, a team that included descendants of that original pa ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Lyons Press (first published 2011)
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Bev Cheetham
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About half way through this book I was rating it a 3. I figured that it was written by a middle class man who has opportunities that only such connections and breeding can bring you. The adventure was jumping on the back of a great explorers name and the book a cash in.

However I then googled Henry Worsley. Wow. He could not leave the attraction of Antarctica. In the book he talks of how he is falling behind the others and so clearly is struggling on his expedition, but still his love affair wit
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Gerald Sinstadt
Make no mistake, antarctic exploration is only for the brave and the tough - but it does seem to be somewhat easier than it once was.

This book recounts how Henry Worsley and two others set out to retrace the journey made in 1908-09 by Ernest Shackleton's party. Shackleton had the extraordinary courage to abandon his quest a mere ninety-seven miles from the South Pole. At that time no man had travelled further south, but when Shackleton made the decision to turn round to save lives it must have
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Ken Peters
Years ago I read a gripping account of Shackleton's Endurance expedition in which Ernest Shackleton displayed truly heroic leadership skills as he saved his men from near catastrophe. I thought that Worsley's book might shed more light on Shackleton as Worsley retraced the route that Shackleton took to nearly reach the South Pole in his 1908-09 Nimrod expedition. But apart from some brief descriptions and quotes from Shackleton's journey, the book is mainly about a fairly forgettable effort, whi ...more
Lara
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maritime, biography
If you only read 1 Shackleton book - this is a good choice. It weaves the original story and the centenary recreation together to unfold two amazing journeys to the South Pole.

The original expedition, led by Shackleton in 1908-09, made it to within 100 miles of the pole before dwindling food supply and the condition of the 4 explorers made them turn back. (This occurred before Shackleton's more famous Antarctic expedition which saw the crew stranded when their ship, the Endurance, was crushed in
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Rachel
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a good insight into working as part of a team and being able to reflect on accomplishments and capabilities. I liked the fact that the book compared significant points in Worsley’s journey to those in Shackleton’s and they used his diary to read each night when in Antarctica (as all the explorers had a family link to the initial expedition). It was interesting to see how the tow expeditions compared in relation to equipment, communication and access to the Antarctic Continent. The e ...more
Diana
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice comparison of a trip to the South Pole following Shackleton's steps, but you can't help feeling that in comparison, it wasn't really very difficult this time around, which is slightly unfair. As always, I feel slightly disappointed realising what a commercial place it has now become. A great read though and a worthy trip by people who were not polar explorers at all. Writing style is a bit stilted though, and at times ungrammatical - needs a better editor. ...more
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Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Edward Henry Worsley was a British Army officer, and an explorer. He was part of the successful 2009 expedition that retraced Ernest Shackleton's footsteps in the Antarctic.

He died of organ failure in 2016 at age 55 while attempting to complete the first solo and unaided crossing of the Antarctic.

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