10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Balanced, not by an apologist.,
By A Customer
This review is from: A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole (Hardcover)
One thing I found interesting about this book was how the author used the experiences of present-day explorers to help explain Scott and party's emotional responses to prolonged contact with each other in difficult conditions. Another example: Scott was fixated on man-hauling, something which the author shows has come back into fashion with the same romantic fervor about it. This brings some balance into a situation in which previous authors have reacted with disproportionate scorn towards Scott's flaws -- Huntsford's dual biography is a classic example, Huntsford is obsessed with putting a (very) negative interpretation on everything Scott did. Explaining Scott and trying to understand him is not being an apologist.
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