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Shackleton ❰Read❯ ➵ Shackleton Author Roland Huntford – The acclaimed biographer of Robert Falcon Scott masterfully chronicles the life of one of the last great Edwardian heroes Ernest Shackleton from his Anglo Irish childhood through the race for the Sout The acclaimed biographer of Robert Falcon Scott masterfully chronicles the life of one of the last great Edwardian heroes Ernest Shackleton from his Anglo Irish childhood through the race for the South Pole to his last expedition to the North Pole photos Maps.

About the Author: Roland Huntford

Roland Huntford né Horwitch is an author principally of biographies of Polar explorers.

10 thoughts on “Shackleton

  1. Jill Hutchinson Jill Hutchinson says:

    An amazing book on the amazing life of one of the great polar explorers It appears that his fame has become to the forefront in the past few years since one usually heard about Byrd and Scott but not ShackletonPolar exploration is often surrounded by myth than fact and the author rights that wrong by showing us the true but enigmatic man his faults his failures and his strengths The man was intrepid He was full of braggadocio and brashness which often did not endear him to many people and he was constantly in debt But he was a charismatic leader of men and his expeditions were full of peril tragedy and heroism This is a long book but it holds the attention throughout Recommended

  2. Tim Tim says:

    Roland Huntford's Shackleton is one of my favorite biographies He followed up his take on Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott's race to the South Pole with this detailed and always interesting story of the astonishing life of Ernest Shackleton The shocking survival tale of Shackleton's Endurance expedition is of course the centerpiece of the biography but there was much to the man's life and many other polar adventures to be told Though Alfred Lansing's 1959 Endurance was the bible on the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition for years and maybe still is Huntford's take is if anything better About a third I'm guessing of this 700 page biography concerns the Endurance tale making the space devoted to it a little less than Lansing's book Huntford writes with a little verve and includes many and extensive diary entriesAnyone who read Huntford's The Last Place on Earth about the AmundsenScott race knows the author is opinionated Huntford frankly tears Scott a new one in that book; he's still hard on Scott here but as Scott plays less of a role it's palatableShackleton really is a perfectly good place to start for those interested in the Endurance tale; there just is obviously a lot about Shackleton's life in this biography I actually read the Shackleton biography long before tackling Lansing's chronicle Huntford fills in some gaps nicely including some things Lansing almost completely omits such as Frank Hurley's stunning photography of the Endurance expeditionIf you read one biography of a polar explorer or anything about South Pole exploration make it this one

  3. NC Weil NC Weil says:

    Shackleton by Roland Huntfordreviewed by NC WeilMy husband and I read this book aloud last winter A powerful adventure story this biography provides insight into what makes a person a leader and how essential that uality is when a venture falls into difficulties Ernest Shackleton made three unsuccessful trips to Antarctica in the early 20th century On the first he traveled with Robert Falcon Scott on an expedition to the South Pole that came up short due to poor planning and insufficient provisionsHis second journey was another attempt to reach the Pole this time as commander But again they were stymied by inexperience with conditions they did not know how to ski nor how to use sled dogs bringing instead Mongolian ponies whose small hooves for their weight often broke through the snow sometimes into crevasses They turned back from their goal of reaching the South Pole a mere 90 miles from it because they didn’t have enough food to get there and return to their provisions Shackleton chose survival over gloryHis third expedition the one best known involved an attempt to cross Antarctica with dogsleds However the ship Endurance caught in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea was their home for 9 fruitless months while the ice moved it north and west away from their goal Eventually the ice began to crush the ship so Shackleton ordered all hands both expedition and ship’s crew to the ice They lived on a large floe another couple of months waiting for austral summer’s warmth to open a lane for them to reach the open ocean That floe began to break up so they manhauled their three lifeboats to another floe which after some weeks dissolved beneath their feet Into the boats they went and through some of the roughest waters on earth Drake Passage were able to make landfall on Elephant Island a forbidding wasteland of rock Shackleton appointed his second in command to remain with most of the crew and a hand picked group of six Shackleton included refitted one of the lifeboats and sailed by dead reckoning 700 miles across the open southern Atlantic reaching South Georgia Island and its whaling station Three stayed with the boat while the other three crossed the uncharted interior of the island home to 163 glaciers reaching the whaling station dehydrated starved and filthy When the whaler's crew sailed around the island to collect their fellows and saw the boat they had sailed so far in such perilous waters they exclaimed “These are MEN”It took several attempts for Shackleton to procure a ship and return to Elephant Island where the rest of his crew lived under two overturned lifeboats subsisting on penguin and seal having no idea when or whether they would ever be rescued As Apsley Cherry Garrard a polar explorer declared in 1922 “For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton” For indeed though none of his expeditions fulfilled their mission he brought everyone back alive against monstrous odds This could well be the most thrilling adventure story of all time men pitted against unforgiving elements making choices we can only shake our heads over now Mongolian ponies shunning skis bringing dogs without anyone who knew how to utilize them but surviving against the most appalling odds Shackleton a true leader looked out for his men’s comfort before his own During their crossing of Drake Passage one man lost his mittens and Shackleton gave him his own When the man tried to refuse them Sir E threatened to pitch them into the water instead of wearing them himself Even in the vilest conditions he made sure the men were fed and sheltered and kept them as busy as possible to keep up morale And they loved him What kept them alive on Elephant Island many hopeless months was the knowledge that Sir E would move heaven and earth to come back to bring them home As indeed he did

  4. Matt Matt says:

    Ernest Shackleton was one tough SOB His life and specifically his explorations on the ice are nothing short of inspiring and humbling All the words one would associate with a great explorer facing desperate situations in an extremely harsh environment apply to him well maybe except prepared The book does a nice job discussing a lot of the side characters that were important to Wild for example This is also a great example of how a great leader can inspire people to do things they might not have been able to do on their ownThe book itself is OK I really didn't like the authors over use of uotes and diary entries; almost felt like I was reading two books a the same time At times the uotes were indeed necessary for describing the direness of the situation on the ice At other times they were just boring Even so a well researched book and the author deserves credit for his hard work

  5. John Newcomb John Newcomb says:

    A bit of an epic Those Edwardian Ice explorers were all real amateurs compared to the well planned well euipped professional explorers from Norway Still Shakleton was uite a character and although I suspect that his exaggeration and bragging would be wearing I would probably fall victim to his blarney and of all the Brits Shakleton would be the man you would want to look after your back It was uite a read and enlightened my knowledge of the three and a bit expeditions that he went on all of which I have read about in other books

  6. Noah Noah says:

    This is the second book of Roland Huntford's that I have read and while he is uite irreverent it is clear that he respects Sir Ernest Shackleton Shackleton was one of the greatest polar explorers and leaders our world has ever known His life shows how much force of character and determination can do

  7. Boris Boris says:

    A very compelling account and narrative of all of Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions including the famous Endurance expedition in this non hagiographic biographyShackleton was both the toughest man who ever lived and the luckiest Also the most reckless He barely escaped with his life on the Discovery Nimrod and Endurance expeditions But despite being a complete tyro on polar travel and like Scott who never learned anything from the Discovery Expedition Shackleton came to within 100 miles of the geographic South Pole on the Nimrod expedition Had he taken Nansen’s advice and used dogs and learned to ski he would have made it as both Nansen and Amundsen averredShackleton’s expeditions were always hastily and poorly planned and as emphasized in the book he had no interest in acuiring the necessary skills for travel and survival in the polar regions His entire motive was for fame and fortune and the Antarctic by chance ended up being the means to attain unlike the other famous explorers at that time where their goals were their passionShackleton apparently had the compelling and captivating personality of a cult leader who had his devoted acolytes and could get private parties to make large contributions In the crisis situations he was without a doubt a great leader However he had dubious ethics when trying to raise funds for his expeditions as well as in his personal life He for the most part abandoned his wife and children and like most if not all famous men had his extramarital affairsThe author Roland Huntford has written what is in my opinion the best book ever on the Antarctic “The Last Place on Earth” on the race to the South Pole between Scott and Amundsen This book is a close second

  8. Alex Alex says:

    A highly interesting biography of Sir Ernest Shackleton I didn't know a great deal about the man Shackleton was before reading this book despite reading several books on the Endurance expedition I really found the extensive use of diaries and letters by those involved in Shackleton's life very useful in understanding the man betterHuntford treats Shackleton as an ordinary man with faults like any human even though it is very clear that he greatly admires Shackleton I especially enjoyed the sections about Shackleton's involvement in the Discovery expedition and his conflict with Scott Even though I had read about the Endurance expedition before I still discovered things I had not previously knowI would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Sir Ernest Shackleton and his expeditions

  9. Jeff DeRosa Jeff DeRosa says:

    This book is well researched and well written Being a biography it is at times tedious in some non expedition details Shackleton's financial romantic affairs However in my view these details only enhnace the suspense And that's what's amazing about this story; you know the outcome Yet the tale is still gripping If you are interested both early 20th century Antarctic history you should not pass over this Biography

  10. Gregory Tait Gregory Tait says:

    While it took me sometime to get thru this book I enjoyed it Shackleton was flawed but was a great leader of men He felt personally responsible for his teammatescrew under him This leadership skill is unfortunately lacking in today's world recommended

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