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An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science

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"While the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration lasted from 1897-1922, Pulitzer-winner Larson (A Magnificent Catastrophe) focuses on the British Antarctic expeditions prior to World War I in his study of the era and its accomplishments. British explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton take center stage, joined by Norwegian Roald Amundsen, as Larson examines the numerous attempts to reach the South Pole, including Scott's tragic last journey and Amundsen's victory. Transcending those tales, he analyzes how these missions furthered science, dividing his narrative into various disciplines: from oceanography to geology, biology to magnetism, we see how these missions were as much about 'how science gave meaning to adventure' as they were a 'dash to the South Pole.' While Scott's last expedition 'came to stand for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat,' Larson skillfully details how these missions expanded knowledge of Antarctica across an array of fields, and how Scott sacrificed everything to bring home a few more specimens. The result is an insightful, accessible, enlightening account of an age when exploration 'reflected the values of the Edwardian age: fitness and science mattered.' b&w photos. Agent: B.G. Dilworth, B.G. Dilworth Agency. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is University Professor of History and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. His numerous books include Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize in History. Larson splits his time between Georgia and California.

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ISBN:
9780300188219
Author:
Larson, Edward J.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Larson, Edward J.
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Arctic and Antarctic-General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
54 b/w illus.
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration lasted from 1897-1922, Pulitzer-winner Larson (A Magnificent Catastrophe) focuses on the British Antarctic expeditions prior to World War I in his study of the era and its accomplishments. British explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton take center stage, joined by Norwegian Roald Amundsen, as Larson examines the numerous attempts to reach the South Pole, including Scott's tragic last journey and Amundsen's victory. Transcending those tales, he analyzes how these missions furthered science, dividing his narrative into various disciplines: from oceanography to geology, biology to magnetism, we see how these missions were as much about 'how science gave meaning to adventure' as they were a 'dash to the South Pole.' While Scott's last expedition 'came to stand for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat,' Larson skillfully details how these missions expanded knowledge of Antarctica across an array of fields, and how Scott sacrificed everything to bring home a few more specimens. The result is an insightful, accessible, enlightening account of an age when exploration 'reflected the values of the Edwardian age: fitness and science mattered.' b&w photos. Agent: B.G. Dilworth, B.G. Dilworth Agency. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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