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In Search of the South Pole [Hardcover]

Huw Lewis-Jones , Kari Herbert , Sir Ranulph Fiennes (Contributor)
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17 Oct 2011
In 1911 the world was watching, waiting, hoping, attention focused on a desolate spot at the very end of the earth, as two men raced to conquer the South Pole. A hundred years after Roald Amundsen's triumph and Robert Scott's tragic demise, our fascination with the Antarctic remains as acute as ever. On the centenary of their epic expeditions, this book traces our search for the South Pole, from the earliest encounters with Antarctica's icy waters, through the Heroic Age to modern times. In addition to the words of Scott and Amundsen, vivid descriptions from the logbooks, journals and narratives of pioneers such as Carsten Borchgrevink, Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson provide first-hand experiences of this enigmatic and unforgiving region. In our own times, there is commentary from modern explorers and travellers, writers and scientists, who explain what the South Pole means to them. Among those featured are Edmund Hillary, Vivian Fuchs, Ranulph Fiennes and Borge Ousland. Stunning images by Herbert Ponting adn Frank Hurley, and from the personal collections of explorers and adventure photographers, as well as contemporary ephemera and artefacts illustrate the hardships of life on the ice. The authors, Kari Herbert, daughter of the great polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert, and Huw Lewis-Jones, former Curator at he Scott Polar Research Institute, have woven together the narrative of this enduring human quest with the individual stories to place the Scott- Amundsen race in historical context and consider its legacy in the manhaulers, extreme skiers and adventure tourists of today. In the twentyfirst century the South Pole remains an international stage for ambition and personal endeavour. For anyone who has felt the pull of this magnetic place - this is the book for you.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd (17 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844861376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844861378
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and former Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Polar Portraits and Ocean Portraits in Conway's Face to Face series. Formerly Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, and Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, London, Huw is also a consultant within media and broadcasting and an expert in maritime and polar exploration history. Kari Herbert first started travelling at the age of 10 months when her father, the pioneering explorer Sir Wally Herbert, took his family to live with a tribe of Inuit for over two years on a remote island off the coast of Northwest Greenland. Her first book,The Explorer's Daughter, was chosen as 'Book of the Week' by BBC Radio 4. She is the founding director of Polarworld, an independent publishing company that specialises in the polar regions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The quest for the South Pole, richly retold 2 Dec 2011
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This year, on the anniversary of the race between Scott and Amundsen to the South Pole, there have been all kinds of commemorations of the event, and more than a dozen books (some of them re-issues of older titles). In Search of the South Pole is by far the best of the bunch; not only does it set the events of 1911 in a rich historical context, but it epitomizes the character and ideals of both Scott and Amundsen more richly than any other book I know. The men's own words are here in abundance, along with insightful commentary and a final section that recounts the events of that fateful year with all the beauty and terror intrinsic to the tale. On top of all this, it's gorgeously illustrated, with beautiful reproductions of expedition photographs, images of many of the actual items used by the explorers, and a generous array of all kinds of printed ephemera from the period. Herbert and Lewis-Jones bring their personal and professional expertise to bear on the essential elements of this great drama, and it rings out so clearly it's almost as if one has never heard it before. There is no better book on the quest for the South Pole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars South Pole Achievement 6 Jan 2012
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This is a beautifully written and produced book, with excellent images and facsimiles of historic documents. The authors have really conveyed the challenges and difficulties face by the South Pole explorers and pioneers over the last 100 plus years. As someone who has been to Antarctica on several occasions, this book takes pride of place in my polar book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable addition to Polar Library 8 Jan 2014
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A concise and well researched addition to my polar library, written by an author who is the husband of the daughter of the Late Sir Wally Herbert with whom I served in the Antartcic.
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