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The Heart of the Antarctic by Ernest Shackleton
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Sep 15, 2009

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The story of the Nimrod Expeditioon of 1907-1909, and Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to reach the South Pole; which ultimately came within 97 miles of its goal, achieving a new "furthest south" latitude at 88°23'S. An epic record of gruelling effort, back-breaking strain, and bitter cold (only surpassed by that of Shackleton's 1914 Expedition); as the sledging team raced against the calendar, their dwindling food supply, and the possibility of missing a vital food depot on the return journey, with the dual menaces of starving or freezing to death everpresent.

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