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Aurora - Douglas Mawson & The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-14 [Hardcover]

Beau Riffenburgh
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1 Nov 2011
In 1911 Douglas Mawson organised and led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) - a scientific investigation of the Antarctic on a scale never before considered. At the same time it was responsible for the exploration of vastly more territory than any other Antarctic expedition. It consisted of three land bases operated by 32 men, seven major sledging journeys (as well as numerous shorter ones), and a full oceanographic programme in addition to its shore-based scientific studies. Yet what was intended by Mawson to be a scientific exercise devoid of heroic adventure, also proved to be a tale of death, determination, and raw courage. The late Sir Edmund Hillary described it as the greatest survival story in the history of exploration. The dynamic character of Mawson, the expedition s sheer scale, and that most of what happened on it has never entered the public consciousness were very appealing reasons to investigate such an epic venture. The result is the first examination of the full expedition since Mawson s The Home of the Blizzard was published in 1915. As well as a pull-out map the book has over 70 photographs and 11 maps and drawings

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  • Hardcover: 536 pages
  • Publisher: The Erskine Press (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852971088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852971083
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,025,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beau Riffenburgh is an historian specialising in exploration, particularly that of the Antarctic, Arctic, and Africa. Born in California, he earned his doctorate at the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. He served from 1992 to 2006 as editor of Polar Record, the world s oldest journal of polar research, and also headed the Institute s Polar History Group and lectured in Cambridge s History Faculty. Beau has written numerous books on polar exploration, including The Myth of the Explorer, a highly praised study of the relationship between exploration and the popular press, and Nimrod, the tale of Ernest Shackleton s heroic attempt on the South Pole. He was also the editor of the award-winning, two-volume Encyclopaedia of the Antarctic, the most comprehensive Antarctic reference work ever published

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5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative 22 Mar 2013
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What a timely, well researched and well written treatise on Mawson and his men. A most valuable treatise on Polar history. A great reference book.
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