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Antartic Raiders- The Biography of a Continent.,
This review is from: Antarctica: A Biography (Hardcover)
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Antarctica in the extreme south has always held a fascination for the Northern based British largely due to the story and indeed the myths surrounding Robert Falcon Scott.
Britain always loves a failure and Scott's was one of the classic in the stiff upper lip tradition but you would be wrong in the assumption that this book would have a massive section on Scott.
It is a 'biography' of a continent and as it had no indigenous population or rather human population the book focuses on man's exploration of that continent.
Day has written an informative and interesting book.
My namesake Captain James Cook was unlucky in not discovering Antarctica by a fluke,: he had sailed further south than any other expedition before.
I wonder if the world would have been a different place had Cook discovered the continent and claimed it for the British Crown- akin to Australia and New Zealand.
Although a great continent had been suspected hence Cook's Voyage it was not to be actually seen until 1820.
Instead Day has his story and what an exciting and adventurous story it is.
Indeed now we have Argentina, Australia, Britain, Chile, France, New Zealand and Norway all claiming a share. This of course provides and adds to the fascinating story of Antarctica.
The book `reads' well and is not half as dry as I dreaded it would be- indeed it is enjoyable.
The central set of photographs depict the major characters and adventurers well and I agree with a fellow reviewer that the map is an essential and constant point of reference.