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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 May 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K7UL0JS
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Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen Audio Download – Unabridged
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The author of 'Race to the South Pole', Roland Huntford is an accomplished researcher and writer on all things polar and has written what I regard as outstanding and authoritative biographies of Nansen and Shackleton. He is also the man who in 1979 published 'Scott and Amundsen', which virtually for the first time questioned received wisdom on the virtue of Scott as an explorer and sought to boost the merits of his rival Amundsen, who Huntford considered had been under-rated by history. In so doing, Huntford opened a can of worms, with protagonists of the Scott and Amundsen camps battling the issues out. Some accept all the arguments which Huntford promulgated to denigrate Scott. Others such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes have come to Scott's aid and refuted many of his assertions. Now 30 years after his original publication, Huntford repeats his argument.
I admire both Scott and Amundsen, as well as many other heroic explorers who first ventured into the unbelievably hostile environments of the North and South Poles a century ago. Having read much on the subject, I have also come to believe that Huntford made some telling points in his criticism of Scott, which have not been satisfactorily countered, and I also believe that Amundsen deserves most of the plaudits now heaped upon him - by any account he was an outstanding human being.
But, but, but - I take issue with Huntford. What does his book 'Race for the South Pole' consist of? Basically - 4 elements.Read more ›
Once the two journeys for the Pole are actually underway, the book becomes increasingly gripping, and unputdownable for the last 100 pages or so.Read more ›
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