An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor Paperback – 6 Feb 2009
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Michael Smith has written a splendid biography. --The Nautical Magazine
The epic struggles, heroics and the unbelievable hardships of the voyages are wonderfully told. --The Irish Times
Wonderful Kiplingesque yarn about a great Irishman who didn't have to die to become a hero. --Irish Independent
About the Author
Michael Smith, a former journalist, is an established authority on Polar exploration. His other books are An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor (2000, 2009), I Am Just Going Outside, a biography of Captain Oates (2202), Polar Crusader about Sir James Wordie (2004), Tom Crean - An Illustrated Life (2006, 2013), Captain Francis Crozier (2006, 2014), Great Endeavour - Ireland's Antarctic Explorers (2010) and Shackleton - By Endurance We Conquer (2014). An Unsung Hero was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Festival and Tom Crean - An Illustrated Life was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2007. Michael contributes to TV and radio documentaries and lectures on polar history at venues such as Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society and National Museum of Ireland. Before becoming a full-time writer Michael was a business and political journalist with The Guardian and The Observer. He lives in East Sussex.
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The story of Shackleton's expedition to the Antartic has had a huge revival in that past few years, and Michael Smith is partly responsible for this in my view. From start to finsh, I enjoyed every page of this story which will add another interesting view to students/readers of Antartic explorations. Crean's participation in what must be one of the 20th centuries survival stories is heroic. Smith's book now ensures that Crean is no longer an unsung hero.
Weaving together copious research and well-chosen extracts from letters, diaries and recounts of the Discovery and Endurance expeditions with his own compelling narrative, Crean's quiet, remarkable and stalwart character is paid a well-deserved homage.
If such a thing is possible, I shall be more reflective over my next pint in the South Pole Inn at Annascaul (Crean's pub). If, like me, you occasionally feel your life dragging its heels, read this and your burdens - whatever they may be - will suddenly feel lighter!
Crean's adventures alongside Scott and Shackleton are remarkable: not only was he one of the last to see Scott heading off to the Pole but Crean also survived by the narrowest margin the Southern Ocean and South Georgia crossings through which Shackleton sought rescue for his men.
Crean survived. I'm glad his story has too.
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This is an excellent book providing a great deal of interesting information about Crean and the type of man he was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James W Simpson
Another incredibly brave human being. Men like this and other explorers are so driven. They push themselves to the boundaries and sadly sometimes they don't survive. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elisabeth
The most inspiring book I've ever read. This man's actions were truly heroic, yet an unassuming, humble man. Couldn't recommend this book highly enough. Read morePublished 8 months ago by geraldine fleming