Carol Bradley's Reviews > Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and The Endurance

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong
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Oct 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: required-author, nonfiction-required-author

Both teens and adults who are drawn to true stories of adventure will enjoy this extremely well-written non-fiction book about the ill-fated 1915 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shakleton. Jennifer Armstrong made use of exhaustive research to write a detailed account of the British team's adventures, enabling readers to feel as though they had lived through the harrowing experience themselves. She expertly weaves scientific facts such as the anatomy of an iceberg and the geography and weather of Antarctica with journal entries and narrative to tell the account of the ship's capture in the ice, leaving the team of scientists and adventurers trapped for over a year. Eventually the ship is crushed to pieces, and the men are stranded far from civilization. Armstrong announces in the prologue that every man survived, and the reader travels through the account searching for how they returned to safety. A must read.

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