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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as for Amundsen, so Huntford has also done a superb job on Shackleton, 6 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Shackleton (Paperback)
Roland Huntford is the type of historian one always wants to come across. Precise, faithful to fact, well-researched, imaginative but without useless or hidden invention, snd with a writing style which is mostly top-notch. His book on Scott and Amundsen was a milestone, and not only for the controversy it caused. This book on Shackleton is on the same level. While Amundsen was an heroic figure without the usual swagger, which has cost him much in historical terms, Shackleton was self-aggrandizing and quite the actor, much like Scott. And while Amundsen had the strong ambition to achieve a personal goal, Scott and Shackleton were in it only for the glory and advancement success could bring, both being essentially indaquate to the tasks they planned. Shackleton, however, proved himself to be truly heroic following the disasters which were the results of his two expeditions, Nimrod and Endurance. His attempt on the South Pole in 1909, with the struggle to return to camp in time, with virtually no supplies and in terrible physical condition, and his saving of his crew following the sinking of Endurance in 1915, represent amazing feats of human courage and determination. Shackleton was a very flawed hero, and with a lot on his conscience, but he was a hero nonetheless, and Huntford tells the story of his life superbly.
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