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my best polar exploration books
Safe Return Doubtful: The Heroic Age of Polar Exploration
"brilliant introduction, romantic, poignant...the one that got me started"
Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals of Captain R.F.Scott
"tragic stuff. read this before you read Huntford's account (#5 on this list)"
Farthest North: The Incredible Expedition to the Frozen Latitudes of the North
"what a hero!..loony, genius, turn of the century viking diplomat exploring norwegian."
The Heart of the Antarctic
"shackleton nearly made it...he got a knighthood for this expedition. and deserved it"
Scott And Amundsen: The Last Place on Earth
"very anti Scott, but the best book on the race to the pole"
The Worst Journey In The World
"would you drag 200lb for 120 miles in total darkness at -50C for 6 weeks for a penguin egg? This isn't just a report...it is beautifully written and if you only read one of these; make it this one."
South: The Endurance Expedition
"what happened in 1914-15 in the weddell sea, without the slightest hint of Kenny Branagh"
Shackletons Forgotten Men: The Untold Tale of an Antarctic Tragedy
"the other half of the above expedition; poorly written, but a superb story...and an excellent reason to keep your vitamin C levels up"
The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antartctic Expedition in the "Fram", 1910-12
"drily witty, a good translation: compare this with no.2 on this list to see what scott could have done. yet another mad Norwegian!"
Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard
"find out about the author of no. 6 on this list"
"someone who knows what he's about debunks anti-Scott myths....read this in conjunction with #5 on this list"
Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival
"this time a mad Aussie....what were these Edwardians made of? How he made it back eating dog's livers beats me."
The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition
"Aha! So Huntford is full of sh*t (see #5)...Puts Scott's return march into context. The weather seems to have killed them, not incompetence"
Hell with a Capital H - an Epic Story of Antarctic Survival
"all of the above keep making reference to campbell's party on scott's last expedition. find out what happened to them in this"
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