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Tom Crean - An Illustrated Life: Unsung Hero of the Scott & Shackleton Expeditions [Paperback]

Michael Smith
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20 April 2011
This revised pictorial biography celebrates the life of Tom Crean, a great Irish hero of Antarctic exploration in an age of epics of endurance and survival against the odds. Tom ran away from his Kerry farm at 15 to play an outstanding role in three expeditions with the legendary Shackleton and Captain Scott. His incredible story was largely forgotten until the publication of the best-selling An Unsung Hero in 2000. Only then was the modest, unassuming Irishman given due recognition. The extraordinary highlights of his adventures in the ice were captured in exceptional photographs taken under extreme conditions. Assembled here they present a photographic record of a truly astonishing man, with other rare and previously unseen pictures. These photographs illustrate his early life, the incredible feats in the Antarctic and a peaceful retirement in Kerry. Supported by complementary text, diary extracts and maps plus new information on Tom Crean s life, this is a lasting celebration of a true hero.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press; paperback edition (20 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848891199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848891197
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A remarkable book about a remarkable man' Sunday Tribune 'One of the most inspiring books - compulsive reading' The Irish Times 'Creates a fascinating word picture' Irish Examiner 'Painstaking research - a gifted storyteller' Arctic Book Review 'Michael Smith has written a splendid biography' The Nautical Magazine 'A must for anyone interested in polar exploration' County Examiner 'Wonderful' Irish Independent

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Michael Smith, author of the best-selling An Unsung Hero, is an authority on polar history. He has written seven books, contributes to many publications, tv and radio documentaries and lectures extensively. He began writing books after a career as a journalist on newspapers such as the Guardian, Observer and Evening Standard. His most recent book is Great Endeavour Ireland s Antarctic Explorers (2010).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom crean 12 May 2014
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This is a splendid accompaniment to the biography written by Michael Smith. Wonderful photographs and good text. jack Wright, Expedition Secretary, The Captain Scott Society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 6 Feb 2014
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great book,
very informative about Tom Creans whole life
his background which prepared him for his arduos life of adventure
and excellent supporting pictures & maps
inspired me to find other books on Tom Crean & Sir Earnest Shackleton
worth the read
worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book 16 Aug 2013
By Don
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Although familiar with the story of Tom Crean through reading the biography by this author entitled, 'An Unsung Hero', this book provides many more photographs and is a great adjunct to the biography. A worthwhile addition to the bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 6 Jan 2012
By freddie
Bought this for my husband who couldn't put the book down! amazing what the human body can endure,but sad that ignorance was their undoing.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Irish hero of Antarctic exploration 14 April 2007
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Tom Crean was an Irish hero of Antarctic exploration: one of only three men who returned alive from Scott's trek to the South Pole, and who saved one of his fellow survivors. A few years later he made another rescue attempt when with Ernest Shackleton. His adventures are captured in a visual biography that includes many photos from his expeditions and early life, making this a fine recommendation for general-interest libraries specializing in Irish biography as well as true-life stories of exploration and adventure.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow on to the original 25 Aug 2011
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We stayed in the town of Anascaul a few years ago and enjoyed a pint or two at the South Pole Inn. Got Michael Smith's original book and enjoyed it very much. Straightforward, and informative writing.

Based on 10 additional years of opportunity to learn more - particularly from sources that emerged after publishing the first book - this book provides a physically shorter, but more comprehensive narrative. A key term is 'illustrated' as the many photos now included add depth and scope to the story.

If you enjoyed the original, this will also be satisfying. If you are unfamiliar, this book is a great starting point (and you may well learn more than you ever thought asking about).
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