Lansing is a master for the description of those explorers hardships, desire to follow Shacketon' orders. The story told here is simply remarkable and the attitude of the brave souls in it marvelously retold. I've read my share of leadership texts over the years – an occupational necessity for a while – and a name I came across more than one was Ernest Shackleton. Not this time. For five months Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the world's most savage regions. The book is fascinating and really shows you the incredible power of human resilience and tenacity. The details often are so descriptive and redundant due to the scope of the story, that it sometimes becomes repetitive and familiar. The Endurance - Book Alfred Lansing. We had reached the naked soul of man.”, National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction (1960). Please try your request again later. Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018. This is an amazing account of Shackleton's journey that went into intricate details about the twists and turns every step of the way for this small group of brave explorers. A simple headache that we might get now is nowhere near getting your sleeping bag drenched and still having to sleep in it in temperatures near 0 when you don't know how the weather or current is going to change while you try to sleep. One of the greatest adventure stories of our times' - New York Times Book Review. I know this is an incredible survival story, but I have to call bullshit. While reading this novel, I never ceased to feel amazed at the courage of the group of men who undertook a voyage into most unfriendly regions on our planet more than 100 years ago, and who dared to dare. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Miraculously, throughout this ordeal, the expedition's photographer, Frank Hurley, protected his negatives and photographs from destruction. What is the challenge for us mortals in the 21st century? Ernest Shackleton’s most popular book is Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Today I am talking about the book Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, which was written by Alfred Lansing. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2020. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their objective, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. Unable to add item to List. I think it is due for another re-read! The Endurance, the ship of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, has been lost to the Antarctic ice for more than 100 years. The Endurance - Book Alfred Lansing. It is utterly gripping, intricately and expertly written keeping you hooked on every word of every page. Well that’s some claim and it’s something I knew I'd have to look into sooner or later. This book really put into perspective what a challenge truly is. Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2015. Alfred Lansing's book, written in 1958 from interviews and journals of the survivors, is now back in print. Orion Pub Co; 2002nd edition (December 1, 2001). He then joined the United Press and in 1952 became a freelance writer. Paperback. The book starts with the. An absolute page turner and the fact this book has never been out of print says it all about its lasting legacy. The expedition failed to accomplish its objective, but became recognized instead as an amazing feat of endurance. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. I have never enjoyed an audiobook like this. Writing in the 1950s, Lansing was able to suppleme. We’d love your help. In August1914, Shackleton set out with a crew of twenty-eight aboard the ship “Endurance” in an effort to become the first men to cross the vast Antarctic land mass, a grand plan that was given the lofty title “The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.” While listening to this audiobook, the thought that went through my head over and over again was "Holy s***!" Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be long remembered as a Dumpster fire of a year. Shackleton Endurance Expedition. Thrilling and exciting!! Anniversary ed. Brilliant from start to finish - absolutely worth every penny and a book you'll read and re-read over the years. The book reads like an adventure novel rather than a biography, due to the extraordinary adventures Shackleton undertook, with the severe highs of achievement and lows of failure and disaster. The way they engineer their own rescue is hardly to be believed. The beginning was a little tough for me to read but the deeper I went the more I couldn't put the book down. The men ran into more than their fair share of trouble, to put it lightly. ‘Endurance’ is Alfred Lansing’s very thorough, workmanlike but effective and affecting – at times moving account of Shackleton’s ‘Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic’. Although this book was nonfiction, it read like a thriller. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Custom Search Disclosure: I may earn a commission when you use a link on this site to make a purchase on another website. I recommend this book to add to the collection of those books that give us the knowledge of what it takes to conquer a goal. Anyone 12 or older will be blown away by this true story & this writer! Lansing’s research & grasp of the situation in which these men found themselves in conjunction with his writing style has put this book at the top of my all time favorites! Grann suggested Endurance as a worthy read. Endurance, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Blackstone Audio Book. So when I came across this book, originally published in 1959, the time had finally arrived. Through all of this, Shackleton has never lost a man. by Carroll & Graf Publishers. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 28, 2020. It is these extraordinary photographs that are among those produced in this illustrated edition of Alfred Lansing's harrowing and inspiring classic. 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The author interviewed survivors of the ill-fated 1914 expedition to Antarctica and also used some of their diaries as his source material. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance. Aboard the 300-ton ship, which carried sails and a steam engine, were Shackleton’s hand-picked crew of 26 men, 69 sled dogs, and a tiger tabby tomcat named Mrs. Chippy. Welcome back. As a help in biding the time, Shackleton also lent members of the crew books from his personal library, the exact contents of which were unknown, until recently. “No matter what the odds, a man does not pin his last hope for survival on something and then expect that it will fail.”, “We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. American journalist Alfred Lansing's book Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, first published in 1959, described the ordeal that Shackleton and his men endured aboard the ship and quickly became a bestseller. Forced to abandon ship, the men were trapped on ice floes for months while they drifted north. Yet at times the account feels somewhat under-detailed, with little to no account given to the short glorious life of Mrs. Chippy, the threat of Elephant Island survivors considering cannibalism, the lack of Polar Medals given to several members of the crew after the journey due to their lack of effort and/or insubordination, and various other noteworthy details. Twelve hundred miles away from land, drifting on ice packs, Shackleton and his men survived the next five months on a diet of dogs, penguins and seals. What an incredible book, impossible to put down, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2017. The Granger Collection, New York Save 30% off a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. I rarely re-read books, but this was such a gripping, true-life adventure, and well told, that I have read it three times in the last fifteen years. The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Expeditions & Discoveries World History (Books), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. This was exciting! . Superb, gripping account of an incredible journey, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2017. The description really paints a true picture of the hellacious conditions that they continued to face time and time again. Language: English. There’s a reason why people remember Alfred Lansing for this book, and why they remember Shackleton’s failed expedition primarily through it: Endurance is an exceptionally researched and beautifully written book on a topic And by “beautifully written,” we mean “written in a way they don’t write books anymore”: Lansing’s prose belongs more to the 19th century than to the modern age, but that should be off-putting only to those who, unlike the protagonist of the book, are not persistent and tenaci… Every triumph seems momentary and desperate, life threatening jeopardy is seconds away. Enjoy - "“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.” Sir Raymond Priestly, Antarctic Explorer and Geologist. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Believe he's the only crew member who accompanied both Shackelton's and Scott's failed bids for the pole. Every single man got home safely. What an incredible story! I've been to Ireland & even the island of Inishmore but haven't made it to Crean's pub in Dingle. It's a well documented and exciting story with a bit of a history lesson that really held my interest. 'A thrilling reading experience! This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz on Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. I rarely re-read books, but this was such a gripping, true-life adventure, and well told, that I have read it three times in the last fifteen years. Shackleton dramatization DVD Kenneth Branagh (2002) Frozen Planet Complete Series - BBC DVD and Blu-ray Instant video. Writing in the 1950s, Lansing was able to supplement his review of journal accounts by conducting first-hand interviews with many of the expedition's survivors. Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition was the remarkable final chapter in the Heroic Age of Exploration. Condition: New. Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men have taken away my man card. The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. That was a mistake, because this amazing, grueling and true account of men against the elements is anything but *sportif*. What adds to the appeal of the book is the wonderful color throughout - details of how the men made life bearable during this unbea. I wanted to learn a little about this expedition after seeing a play in which Ernest Shackleton was a character. The Endurance - Book Alfred Lansing. Sadly, many creatures and peaceful animals paid the price for mans survival. Endurance is his best known work. Shackleton dramatization DVD Kenneth Branagh (2002) Frozen Planet Complete Series - BBC DVD and Blu-ray Instant video. “There can be little doubt that Shackleton, in his way, was an extraordinary leader of men.” (p. 11). Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Shackleton named his ship Endurance, borrowing from his family motto: “By endurance we conquer.”. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge (21-Feb-2012) Paperback, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Historical Nonfiction Bestseller, True Story Book of Survival). The expedition intends to … it's amazing that anyone survived this ordeal let alone all of them. Book Description INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United States, 2015. Shackleton and a crew of 27 (plus one stowaway) first headed to the Weddell Sea on the ship Endurance. Alfred Lansing's book, written in 1958 from interviews and journals of the survivors, is now back in print. An American journalist who wrote for Collier's, among other magazines and was later an editor for Time, Inc. Books. I bought this book after it appeared on a few lists of books you must read, several different people had independently put this book on their lists. It's a popular book that is deserving of its high ratings. Sir Ernest Shackleton was one of the most known polar explorers of his day. Once they were far enough north that the ice thinned somewhat, they were forced to journey in lifeboats they'd dragged off the ship. Shackleton and his crew of 27 set out to sea on his boat Endurance on August 8th, 1914. But Endurance isn't just a tale of misery, it is a vivid description of their journey, the dangers they faced, and the obstacles they overcame. Nice review! But Endurance isn't just a tale of misery, it is a vivid description of their journey, the dangers they faced, and the obstacles they overcame. Sir Earnest Shackleton & Frank Worsley were two of some 20 men who incredibly survived a journey to Antarctica that went awry from almost its onset. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. The story is gripping and the book is a classic of its kind' Sir Ranulph Fiennes Endurance is the story of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. Fabulous! This is being advertised as a story of "leadership" and "heroism" when it's more like the opposite. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I feel thankful to those who travelled to the place where I'd never venture. Awesome book! There was a problem loading your book clubs. Their ship was trapped by pack ice short of their destination and eventually crushed. This was my introduction to Shackleton, and I am left reeling from the experience. I just finished reading 2 of Grann’s books - Lost City of Z & The White Darkness. Please try again. The book gave me several adrenaline rushes...it's that well written. Through all of this, Shackleton has never lost a man. The famous Mallory quote you're referencing was a joke. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. I think it is due for another re-read! The book chronicles the 'refuse to quit on even one man' efforts of Shackleton, who struggled against unimaginable hardships in the most inhospitable place on earth, in an effort to deliver His men to safety... from what must surely be an unavoidable fate. This book, as well as being a tribute to the explorer, was a practical effort to assist his family; Shackleton died some £40,000 in debt (equivalent to £2,200,324 in 2019) A further initiative was the establishment of a Shackleton Memorial Fund, which was used to assist the … In August 1914 the Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. Having made the trip to Antarctica, you should head north next time and visit Tom Crean's pub in Dingle, Ireland! I'm in the midst of a hugely enjoyable 'read lots of books about polar exploration' marathon - and having 'done' Scott, moved on to Shackleton. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in ice. Two years later all hands were rescued through the extraordinary will of the men who found themselves at the mercy of the elements. But Endurance isn't just a tale of misery, it is a vivid description of their journey, the dangers they faced, and the obstacles they overcame. Tom Crean was indeed an amazing character in terms of Antarctic exploration. Hurley took this photograph of Shackleton’s cabin in March 1915, two months after the Endurance became trapped in ice. ENDURANCE recounts, instead, the sufferings of a crew of British sailors who set out in 1914 to be the first to traverse the Antarctic continent, but whose ship became marooned in ice, forcing them to find an alternate route back to civilization over difficult ice and dangerous water, bit by ag. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/143999.South), Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (May 26-Jun 25, 2019), Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (October/November 2019). I obtained this book via one of Amazon's second-hand sellers and was so pleased with the price and condition of the book, which arrived very promptly indeed. When the ship eventually sank they were forced to escape by lifeboat. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Alfred Lansing as a native of Chicago. Shackleton dramatization DVD Kenneth Branagh (2002) Frozen Planet Complete Series - BBC DVD and Blu-ray Instant video. Lansing simultaneously creates this hero image around Shackleton, and as a historian I know this is easy to do when one is being somewhat subjective with selecting what to include, but Lansing manages to create a very raw and real feel to Shackleton as a person and a leader. Crucially important however, he manages to encapsulate the characters, attitudes and morale of every man aboard the fateful expedition and fantastically weaves a tale of immense suspense and intriguing description. Shackleton's mission failed, but the resulting adventure became one of the most celebrated accounts of man's survival against unbelievable odds. One of the best novels based on a true story that talks about "Endurance" in harsh situations. Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, is a 1959 book written by Alfred Lansing, about the failure of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, in its attempt to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914. Antarctica - A Year on Ice DVD and Blu-ray Instant video . He was sent home early due to bad health. Having made the trip to Antarctica, you should head north next time and visit Tom Crean's pub in Dingle, Ireland! But the nice thing about time is that it... To see what your friends thought of this book, The famous Mallory quote you're referencing was a joke. This has to be one of the best books I have ever read, without doubt. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 282 pages and is available in Hardcover format. A Riveting True Story of Adventure, Survival and Hope, Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2014. He died in 1975. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Refresh and try again. This gripping book based on firsthand accounts of crew members, describes how the men survived, living together in camps on the ice for 17 months, how they were attacked by sea leopards, had to kill their beloved dogs whom they could no longer feed, and suffered disease with no medicines (an operation to amputate the foot of one member of the crew was carried out on the ice). Now, an ambitious expedition to … Endurance was his first book. Fabulous! According to the author of the introduction to my edition of Endurance (Nathaniel Philbrick), Shackleton's account was ghost-written and is full of mo. Part ripping yarn, part social psychology experiment, part metaphor for graduate school -- this is the most IN-CREDIBLE book that I've ever read. I recommend this book to those who want to throw themselves into another world, albeit a world cold, wet, icy and filled with fear, exhaustion and hunger. oh my god i feel like i haven't written a review in ages. Lansing's style doesn't go in for wild hyperbole as he doesn't need to - the meticulous research, multiple sources of information and the simple facts of the story of the crew of the endurance tell a gripping tale. In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men, sailed for the South Atlantic on the 'Endurance' with the object of crossing the Antarctic over land. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Shackleton then travelled another 850 miles in an open boat across the stormiest ocean in the world to reach help. An incredible adventure. The unbelievable and tragical story of the Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica and their struggle to survive for an interminable period of time. 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