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Tom Crean - An Unsung Hero: Antarctic Survivor: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor

Tom Crean - An Unsung Hero: Antarctic Survivor: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor [Kindle Edition]

Michael Smith
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A remarkable book about a remarkable man. Sunday Tribune Michael Smith has written a splendid biography. The Nautical Magazine The epic struggles, heroics and the unbelievable hardships of the voyages are wonderfully told. The Irish Times A must for anyone interested in polar exploration. County Examiner Wonderful Kiplingesque yarn about a great Irishman who didn't have to die to become a hero. Irish Independent Chosen by Aviva Stadium Director Martin Murphy as his favourite book - Sunday Times

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The story of the remarkable Tom Crean who ran away to sea aged 15 and played a memorable role in Antarctic exploration. He spent more time in the unexplored Antarctic than Scott or Shackleton, and outlived both. Among the last to see Scott alive, Crean was in the search party that found the frozen body. An unforgettable story of triumph over unparalleled hardship and deprivation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press (3 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R7KQHU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.9 out of 5 stars
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb biography of forgotten Antartic hero 12 Mar 2003
The first stiking thing about this book is Frank Hurley's magnificent photograph of Crean on the cover. This picture conveys as toughness and resoluteness that characterized Crean's adventures - if ever a book can be judged by its cover, this is it.
The story of Shackleton's expedition to the Antartic has had a huge revival in that past few years, and Michael Smith is partly responsible for this in my view. From start to finsh, I enjoyed every page of this story which will add another interesting view to students/readers of Antartic explorations. Crean's participation in what must be one of the 20th centuries survival stories is heroic. Smith's book now ensures that Crean is no longer an unsung hero.
Highly recommended!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Antarctic Exploration 2 Aug 2003
By Roger
A wonderful tale, told simply and brilliantly. Crean's story is one of almost unbelievable bravery, dedication and (excuse the pun) endurance. A chance purchase which has made an indelible impression upon me. I now cannot get enough of the Antarctic, its heroes, ghosts and the sheer power of the continent itself. For anyone interested in the human psyche I would recommend this book highly. For anyone interested in Antarctic exploration it is a must.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Quiet Man 26 Feb 2005
I am ashamed to say that my copy of this book gathered dust on a shelf for almost a year! Once started, I found Michael Smith's book totally riveting as he tells Tom Crean's story so well. And what a story!
Weaving together copious research and well-chosen extracts from letters, diaries and recounts of the Discovery and Endurance expeditions with his own compelling narrative, Crean's quiet, remarkable and stalwart character is paid a well-deserved homage.
If such a thing is possible, I shall be more reflective over my next pint in the South Pole Inn at Annascaul (Crean's pub). If, like me, you occasionally feel your life dragging its heels, read this and your burdens - whatever they may be - will suddenly feel lighter!
Crean's adventures alongside Scott and Shackleton are remarkable: not only was he one of the last to see Scott heading off to the Pole but Crean also survived by the narrowest margin the Southern Ocean and South Georgia crossings through which Shackleton sought rescue for his men.
Crean survived. I'm glad his story has too.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb!! 19 Jun 2005
By A Customer
I fell in love with Tom Crean shortly into the book. The book makes you realise how tragic it is that his heroism has only come to light in the last few years. Others took all the glory for Tom whilst he quietly made his way home to Ireland to live out his years unknown for his feats of bravery. I agree with a previous reviewer who says that anybody with only a tiny interest in Antartic Exploration should read An Unsung Hero. Beautifully written. The best book I've read in several months... Buy it!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read - Not for the faint hearted 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer
How did they survive? This book is a must for all who love the wild side of exploring and adventure. Not only did Tom Crean go to the antartic once, he went three times and each time was more dangerous and exciting than the previous. Michael Smith recounts the travels of one amazing Irish man who survived three expeditions to the Antartic and who almost single handedly saved the lives of many fellow explorers on more than one occasion. A book impossible to put down once the first page is read and one which will leave an everlasting impression.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biography of an unsung hero 26 Jun 2003
An absolutely unbelievable and fascinating account of the life of one of the lesser known pioneers of Antarctica exploration in the early part of the twentieth century. Again and again you question whether or not you are reading fact or fantasy. The book was completely riveting and I couldn't put it down. Michael Smith has constructed a well-written and informative account of the life of Tom Creann, which I would heartily recommend to any person with even a passing interest in Antarctic exploration or indeed any type of adventure stories. A fitting testament to the life of an unassuming and genuine hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hundred years ago... 29 Mar 2010
We owe a debt to Michael Smith for researching the story of Tom Crean, and for telling it so well in this book. There's so little documentary evidence of Crean's life that Smith occasionally dips into conjecture and surmise to keep the narrative on course; very occasionally, too, he alludes to the fashionable myth that Scott was a poor and indecisive leader. Recent biographies have not been kind to Scott, but to put things in perspective I recommend Ranulf Fiennes' biography of him, the first written by someone who's actually put in the miles on the ice. It was a different time - as is evidenced by the fact that the 'officers' and the 'seamen' had separate accommodation in Scott's hut and Navy discipline prevailed; men like Tom Crean fell somewhere between the gentlemen and the ponies in terms of preferment. Just as Scott has been badly served, so I think Shackleton has been given slightly too deferential a run; both were extraordinary men, giants of exploration with heart and will, and demons to drive them. But wherever a great feat of Polar exploration was written into history - Scott on the Plateau, Shackleton on the ice, the open boat journey and the crossing of South Georgia - Tom Crean was there. As we approach the centenary of the events depicted, I hope we can do better by Crean's memory than a pub in County Kerry. Well done to Michael Smith for beginning the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful stirring story
Published 3 days ago by J. HARRINGTON
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Finally, after reading Shackleton, Wild, Cherry- Garrard, Scott, I got round to reading about this 'ordinary' sailor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chrissue
4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious example of personal integrity.
This book vividly describes the amazing hardship endured by the early polar explorers. Today, it is hard to imagine anyone surviving such deprivation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by james walter
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
tom crean an unsung hero tells the story of antarctic exploration from the view of a rank and file "footsoldier". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely an Incredible Piece of History
Loved this book but I am wrung out and exhausted by just reading about this mans adventures as a polar explorer. I read this as a follow on from The worst Journey in the World. Read more
Published 3 months ago by claude n stan
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Extraordinary!
It is sometimes difficult to comprehend just how courageous and tough humans can be. Tom Crean comes across as perhaps the single person you would ever want with you when times got... Read more
Published 6 months ago by fly
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Read
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading the real story of what happened. How tough the man really was and how committed he was to those who were with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Martin McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Got this out of the library and the dog ate the back page. Knew they would charge me a packet if I owned up, so I bought this, carefully cut out all identifying marks from the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms G. Murfin-shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Crean
An intrepid character, well-described in this easy-read of a book. Tom Crean was the sort of man who every leader would relish to have in support but it would be a mistake to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stumps
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Heros
Fantastic true story about a man with tremendous courage which wasn't given the recognition deserved,
Visit the 'South Pole' pub (Annascaul,Ireland) for fantastic photos from... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miss C Thomasson
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