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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
South the story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition
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on 19 October 2010
I was not sure what I was expecting from my first free Kindle story. I have to say that I very pleasantly surprised, as Shackleton tells his story in a very matter of fact way that still fails to hide the sheer drama of what happened with his expedition. It would appear that almost every aspect of the expedition went awry from Day One, and yet he comes across as either a compulsive optimist or else a prime example of the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' brigade. He tells his story by the facts, and it is up to the reader to add in the countless days between notable events or to understand the paucity of the food. What he does convey is the sheer enormity of the Antarctic, the remoteness, the simplicity of their equipment and the initiative of his men. It is far more than just a diary of events, and the imagery that it conjures up transforms this into a spectacular tale from an era where we were continuing to push the envelope of what man could achieve. I suppose that some people will also enjoy the opportunity to judge Shackleton as a leader of men, and this book certainly does give an insight into the loneliness of his position, the stark options that he had to choose between and the risks that he led his men into. After reading this book, I intend to re-visit the TV mini series with Kenneth Branagh as I remember this as a very strong portrayal of the expeditionShackleton [DVD] [2002].
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on 16 December 2010
This is an epic story of a struggle against very harsh conditions by fifty-eight or so Antarctic explorers. As a tale it is very powerfully told because it is related in the manner of a mission report eliminating much of any emotional strain being felt by the author. Shackleton emerges as a superlative leader, surrounded by ordinary men caught up in an extraordinary feat of survival and endurance.

As a Kindle book it would have been greatly improved by the inclusion of maps and any illustrations mentioned in the text.
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on 11 March 2017
What can I say? This story of survival is one of the greatest ever documented. The courage and sheer bloody-minded determination of Shackleton's team is legendary - what a leader he must have been to keep those men's' mind's from total devastation. I'm in awe.
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on 8 May 2017
Great piece of work by the ultimate explorer the job and the price Wow...recommended: great equipment and does the job excellent- first class
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on 4 September 2017
A really interesting account and insight into the lives and experiences of these brave and enduring men. Some may find the initial few chapters tedious , eg. The ships movement back and forth in the ice but it does demonstrate just how much and for how long these men and dogs endured.
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on 1 September 2017
I found this book absolutely fascinating. Plenty of interesting detail without becoming academic.
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on 25 June 2017
Wonderfully written. What a man.
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on 21 August 2017
Present for my partner
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on 11 August 2017
Great book told by the man who was there they were true hero`s
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on 18 March 2017
enjoyable read
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