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In 1922 a journalist commented on British tenacity to General Bruce, leader of the British Everest Expedition. Bruce replied with a single word: 'Shackleton'. Ernest Shackleton is one of history's great explorers, an extraordinary Edwardian character who pioneered the path to the South Pole and became a leading figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. A restless adventurer from an Irish background, he joined the Empire's last great endeavour of exploration - to reach the South Pole with Scott on the Discovery expedition. A clash with Scott led to Shackleton being ordered home and a bitter feud. Shackleton's riposte was the Nimrod expedition, which uncovered the route to the Pole, achieved the first fixing of the South Magnetic Pole, and honed the acclaimed leadership skills which kept despair at bay and encouraged men to overcome unimaginable hardship on the Endurance expedition. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life contrasted with celebrity status as the leading explorer. Persistent money problems left his men unpaid and his family with debts. This first comprehensive biography in a generation brings a fresh perspective to the heroic age of Polar exploration dominated by Shackleton's complex, compelling and enduringly fascinating story.



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Perhaps the greatest Antarctic explorer brought to life 2 février 2015
Par Mark R. Cavanaugh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I have read several books featuring Shackleton's expeditions but this is my first biography of his life. The book is very well written and a pleasure to read. Shackleton was much more interested in geography than science and I was surprised there were not more detailed maps included. When I am reading history, especially of a place as remote as Antarctica, I like to have detailed maps handy and was forced to follow the text with maps from other sources.There is no doubt that Shackleton was much better at getting out of trouble than staying out of it. His expeditions would have been dangerous enterprises even with the best preparation possible in the early 20th century. Shackleton's sloppy, haphazard planning likely made his notable escape from death exploits necessary.

It was Shackleton's misfortune that World War I broke out during the Endurance expedition and news of his exploits didn't hold the public's attention long. I find it interesting that a modern industry in the study of Shackleton's management style has developed. Shackleton's leadership in times of great danger and stress was impeccable but good overall management requires proper preparation and in this area, Shackleton was all too often AWOL. Shackleton had more interest in pursuing women than properly preparing his expeditions (or spending time with his wife and children). The Endurance expedition was justly famous for Shackleton's amazing ability to keep pulling rabbits out of his hat. This doesn't change the fact that the Endurance expedition's failure was due to poor planning.

Thank you Mr. Smith for bringing the fascinating, flawed Shackleton to life. I very much enjoyed this book.
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Review of Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer 19 avril 2015
Par M Nelson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Once again, Mr. Michael Smith did extensive research, and documented very well his biography of Sir Shackleton. Having already read Mr. Smith's excellent books on Tom Crean and Captain Oates, I knew that I was not going to be disappointed. Although I knew from other books about some of the ups and downs of Sir Shackleton's life, Mr. Smith wrote about a lot of details I did not know. Quoting from Edward W. Nelson (no relation), the biologist on the Terra Nova, in VOL IV, South Polar Times (June 1912) "The BARRIER BLIGHT by One Who Has Not Had It" the following words which so apply to Sir Shackleton:

"I'm sick of feeling empty,
I loathe th'eternal snow,
Once home nothing can tempt me
Again on treck to go...
(Two years later:-)
I hear the White Wastes calling
Across the restless seas;
Civilization's palling,
The wanderer's disease."

Well done, Mr. Smith, and thank you for taking the time and effort to write this biography! God Bless
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Four Stars 14 mars 2015
Par BARBARA McCAULEY - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
book is good
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