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A gripping account of incredible leadership and survival.,
By A Customer
This review is from: South: A Memoir of the "Endurance" Voyage (Paperback)
Ernest Shackleton' own account of a disasterous expedition to the antarctic aboard the Endurance. Despite a somewhat dull start, the book launches into excitement once the expedition starts to get into trouble. Then it blossoms into an extremely exciting account of increasing misfortunes which are overcome one by one, as they occur.
It is a tribute to the natural leadership skills of Ernest Shackleton, a man who instictively made the right decisions in every situation and created his own incredible luck.
Despite being stranded on the ice hundreds of miles from any help, he lead his team across the ice and sailed in small boats to the comparitive safety of Elephant Island. He then set out in the miniscule "James Caird" to cross the Southern Ocean to South Georgia in order to get help. Landing on the uninhabited side of the island, he then tranversed the mountainous centre to reach civilisation. He then made a number of attempts to sail back to Elephant Islandand rescue his team. He was eventually successful and rescued them all.
Shackleton has been hailed as the greatest natural leader of all time and this account re-inforces this claim.
An excellent book which is more exciting than a good many fictional stories.