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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Storm of biographies, 18 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Captain Scott (Paperback)
Here we have the 'perfect storm' of biographies: a writer who has a passion to tell the truth, the ability to write gripping and vivd prose, and has actually done most of the things he is writing about. This is not an academic treatise (though it is constructed with the same rigor); it is a passionate recounting of one of the greatest stories of the twentieth century by a writer who has walked not one mile in his subject's shoes, but every gruelling one of them (and more! See Mind over Matter: The Epic Crossing of the Antarctic Continent). He makes the reader understand the technicalities of the expedition, and, where necessary, feel the agony of it too.

Many books have been written about Scott - some less than complimentary or accurate (see Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth, for the opposite view of Scott). This book, however, is not written by a journalist or an academic. It is the definitive account of one of England's greatest explorers, by one of England's greatest adventurers. As such, it is unlikely ever to be bettered whether you agree with his view of Scott as a hero or side with those who think he was a bumbling fool.
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