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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1 edition (5 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023073944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230739444
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Adventure comes no more rugged than RACE TO THE POLE, where James Cracknell and Ben Fogle battle the elements to beat a tough Norwegian team and conquer Antarctica, almost a century after Amundsen and Scott' The Times -- The Times

'The authors have a diehard bond, and their words play off each other well as they take turn narrating their journey.' -- The Times

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'The authors have a diehard bond, and their words play off each other well as they take turn narrating their journey.'

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. K. Mackay on 15 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow!

I've read the previous endurance book from this strange pairing and had enjoyed the row every nautical mile of the way and even cried when they hit the shore but this adventure was even more gripping!

For 3 nights I stayed up far too late to reach the south pole with Ed, James and Ben whilst in the comfort of my own bed and was geniunely amazed in the sportsmanship, team dynamics and sheer bravery of these 3 guys.

A must read for all armchair travellers, wannabe explorers and dreamers alike...!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Wardle on 9 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having read the previous adventures of Fogle and Cracknell rowing the Atlantic (and enjoying it immensly), I was hopeful that this would be just as entertaining. It is! The style of writing is quite personal and as the events unfold you really get a sense of each explorer's characteristics and motivations. The dynamics and relationship between the two are complicated yet eloquantly explored and at times brutally honest. A great holiday read-light hearted and interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2010
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`Race to the Pole' is Fogles and Cracknells account of their race to the south pole and if you have seen the BBC series then you will have a good idea what the race and their experiences entailed. This book goes through their preparation, training, pre race illness' and the race itself. Fogle had to fight off a tropical illness before the race, as well as his wife having a miscarriage on the eve of departure and yet he still managed to finish the race as one of the strongest team members, much kudos is due. One aspect of the story that will keep you hooked is the friendly rivalry with a Norwegian team which mirrors the original expedition in the early 1900's when Amundsen and Scott also raced to the pole. In the series Cracknell comes across as arrogant and obnoxious and he put the team in danger at many points with his attitude and whilst this also comes across in the book, you also see the reasoning behind his behaviour (rather than just the actual behaviour itself) and you soon realise he was behaving the way he did due to extreme fatigue and race injuries. For a gold medal winning, hyper competitive Olympian it must have been very hard to take being the weakest member of the team and this explains some of his outbursts and attitude. The third team member, Ed Coats, isn't involved in the writing of the book but does get adequate mention and even though he seemed to be bullied by Cracknel in the TV series, their obvious admiration for each other comes through in the pages of the book. There are also two colour plates showing various aspects of the race, including Cracknells seriously worn and wrecked feet! This is a gripping and well written story and their strength and determination in hostile conditions is inspirational and I got choked up at the end when they finally achieved their goal. Well worth a look for fans of the series or of real life adventure books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Teasdale on 28 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great easy read, perfect book for your travels.

After reading their previous book, "The Crossing" I was looking forward to Cracknell and Fogle's next crazy endeavour. Once the book arrived it didn't disappoint, I didn't put it down for the next 2 days. Brilliant.

A really good read, and just like their previous book quite inspiring and revealing. If you enjoy sport in any way it's definitely worth a read.
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By J. Potter TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was aware of James Cracknell of course from his olympian exploits, was vaguely aware of the Atlantic rowing and then caught the recent Discovery series on TV. It was the first time I had seen Cracknell live and I was utterly enthralled. I kept thinking to myself what an incredible man he is and utterly, utterly mad. 'Go Cracknell' became my mantra whenever I had nothing left to give, no matter the realm I was working in. So when I got this for my birthday I was very pleased.

This book is about a race to the South Pole in much the same style as the rowing, in as much as teams of extreme sports or endurance athletes start at the same place and then see who can cover the considerable distance over the worlds most inhospitable terrain the quickest. In this case 850 kilometres across the Antarctic to the South Pole, recreating for the first time the historic journeys of the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and the British Robert Scott. Which ended with Scott's team perishing on their way back. The book is written from the perspective of James and Ben and covers the year prior to and the whole of the race. Quite simply it is utterly captivating. I literally read the first chapter at ten in the morning and put it down after finishing the last astonishing chapter at eight that night.

What makes this so enthralling beside journeying through hell with these men, is the wildly contrasting personalities of Cracknell and Fogle. Despite being the best of friends they are almost total opposites. This along with the very honest narrative is what makes this an incredible experience for the reader. While Cracknell is this driven physical uber-specimen that cannot turn from any kind of competition, Ben Fogle is very human and considered.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2010
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`Race to the Pole' is Fogles and Cracknells account of their race to the south pole and if you have seen the BBC series then you will have a good idea what the race and their experiences entailed. This book goes through their preparation, training, pre race illness' and the race itself. Fogle had to fight off a tropical illness before the race, as well as his wife having a miscarriage on the eve of departure and yet he still managed to finish the race as one of the strongest team members, much kudos is due. One aspect of the story that will keep you hooked is the friendly rivalry with a Norwegian team which mirrors the original expedition in the early 1900's when Amundsen and Scott also raced to the pole. In the series Cracknell comes across as arrogant and obnoxious and he put the team in danger at many points with his attitude and whilst this also comes across in the book, you also see the reasoning behind his behaviour (rather than just the actual behaviour itself) and you soon realise he was behaving the way he did due to extreme fatigue and race injuries. For a gold medal winning, hyper competitive Olympian it must have been very hard to take being the weakest member of the team and this explains some of his outbursts and attitude. The third team member, Ed Coats, isn't involved in the writing of the book but does get adequate mention and even though he seemed to be bullied by Cracknel in the TV series, their obvious admiration for each other comes through in the pages of the book. There are also two colour plates showing various aspects of the race, including Cracknells seriously worn and wrecked feet! This is a gripping and well written story and their strength and determination in hostile conditions is inspirational and I got choked up at the end when they finally achieved their goal. Well worth a look for fans of the series or of real life adventure books.

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