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"Nimrod": Ernest Shackleton and the Extraordinary Story of the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition Hardcover – 4 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747572542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747572541
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,304 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 Cambridge University, following which he joined the staff at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where he is the editor of Polar Record. He is the author of the highly regarded The Myth of the Explorer and is currently serving as Editor of the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Langley on 10 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was much needed, but it doesn’t necessarily fill the gap it was meant to. Shackleton’s 1907-9 expedition was his only successful one, and has largely been overlooked in history.
I did worry when I read a big thank you to Roland Huntford in the opening pages. Huntford has made it his life’s purpose to denigrate Captain Scott and his otherwise excellent biography of Shackleton is partially spoilt by this. However, Riffenburgh seems to have done his own research and doesn’t jump to conclusions.
The title is a little misleading as the first half of the book is essentially a attempt to set the scene which turns into a biography on Shackleton up until 1907. All very well, but I bought the book knowing most of the background and wanted to read about the Nimrod expedition.
Once the book actually gets to its main subject, it is fast paced and exciting, examining closely the progress of the different arms of the expedition, including the achievements made by Mawson’s party in reaching the Magnetic South pole. The most amazing passage was McIntosh’s dangerous trek across Ross Island which gave an indication of his disregard for his own safety that would lead to his death on the Endurance/Aurora expedition in 1914/16.
Shackleton has been lionised at the expense of Scott in recent years, but it is true that he had a fair bit more luck than Scott did over the same route 3 years later. That said, the achievements of this expedition should not be overlooked. Shackleton blazed a trail to the Pole, gave lessons in leadership that are used today, and the expedition led to Mawson’s scientific discoveries in the following years.
This book is pretty good but Riffenburgh could have perhaps included more about its actual subject matter!
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An epic of Antarctic Exploration. This book has a pleasant and litterary style while describing every incident and aspect of the Nimrod Expedition. The writer also has included a fairly short but complete and comprehensive biography of Ernest Shackleton as well as comments on the lives of most of the crew. This book stands out amongst others in that it delivers all of the necessary information in a quick-paced and novel-like maner. Definitely recommended.
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