A First Rate Tragedy Paperback – 16 Feb 2012
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A first rate book. (Sunday Times)
Absorbing and moving. (New York Times)
Penetrating and brilliantly compelling. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A first rate book. (TLS)
As dramatic and as empathetic as a novel, as informative as a history book. (Frankfurter Neue Presse)
Diana Preston's brilliant account of the tragic adventure of survival in the frozen antartic has been updated and revised to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Scott's death.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The main focus, naturally enough, is on Scott's experiences in Antarctica and, if Preston's style is perhaps a little too cool and impersonal to make her narrative as engrossing as Kelly Tyler-Lewis' searching, heartfelt account of Shackleton's depot-laying party, The Lost Men: The Harrowing Story of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party, nonetheless, she does an admirable job of trawling through an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources to present a thorough, workmanlike chronicle of the trials and achievements of the Discovery and Terra Nova expeditions.
Her revisions seem mostly confined to the penultimate chapter, `The Reason Why', where she considers new evidence in her appraisal of the various factors that contributed to the deaths of Scott and his four companions: shortcomings in the laying of the supply chain, Scott's sometimes questionable decision-making, his preference for ponies over dogs and an over-reliance on manhauling, dietary deficiencies, and the exceptionally severe weather conditions that prevailed during much of the return journey. This is where Preston excels, offering a careful and clear-headed assessment that deftly counterbalances Huntford's hatchet job on the one hand and Fiennes' hagiography on the other.Read more ›
A view is taken of Scott's weaknesses and as well as his strengths. By Amundsen's standards Scott was an amateur in polar exploration who, Diana Preston says, 'nearly succeeded'.
Faint praise perhaps? Given Scott's catalogue of errors, failure was on the cards from the word go. But this is a carefully balanced appraisal: It sees all sides of the various issues. Fully recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I am a Scott fan Ii enjoyed this but not sure for the popular market.A new look at an old story always worth a read .Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Shirley Dutton
Wow, I didn't think I could learn more about Scott. An excellent read, this book throws light on how such a supposed brave group was actually an accident waiting to happen. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2012 by Neil Mac
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