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Antarctica, A Biography: David Day - A fascinating and well put together book,
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The aim of this book is quite epic - the history of mankind's inhabitation of an entire continent, Antarctica. From its discovery in the eighteenth century right through to the present day, he describes in a highly readable and vivid style various explorations, outposts and interventions that the peoples of the world have made on the continent as they vie for control of the land, its mineral wealth, the knowledge that can be gained from its study and the glory that could be found there both in life (Shackleton, Amundsen) and death (Scot).
It's a fascinating subject, epic in scope, and Day pulls it off with style. He brings a multitude of characters to life, tells the story clearly and backs up his arguments with a wealth of evidence. It's almost as good as an Antonia Fraser. The book has a central set of plates with pictures of major players and some pictures of the region, and there is a map inside the back cover which helps with orienting the reader (I know I made constant reference to it, and to an atlas for a picture of the wider world that was being described)
It's an excellent, informative, read. 5 stars.