Endurance, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

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A well written historical account beats fiction just about any time — in my estimation, and Endurance is just such a historical account. It is the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to cross the Antarctic overland. Unfortunately, his ship was trapped and crushed by ice, forcing him and his men to attempt to survive on drifting snow packs for months, hibernate on a deserted stretch of land, attempt a thousand mile ocean voyage in a small boat across the world’s worst seas, and then make an impossible trek overland — all in order to survive. The hardships faced by these men, the courage and tenacity in the face of danger is all but unbelievable. “Endurance” is truly a good name for this book — just don’t read it in the winter.

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