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The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expeditionby Caroline Alexander
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In August 1914, renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. They came with in eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack, and the crew was stranded on the floes. Their ordeal lasted for twenty grueling months, and the group made two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before they were finally rescued.
Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition. An extraordinary re-creation of the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew's heroic daily struggle for survival, The Endurance thrillingly describes one of the last great adventures in the brave age of exploration—perhaps the greatest of them all.
About the Author
CAROLINE ALEXANDER has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic, and is the author of four other books. She is the curator of "Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Expedition", an exhibition that opened at the American Museum of National History. She lives in New Hampshire.
MARTIN RUBEN has lived and worked as an actor in Minneapolis for almost 30 years, performing at most Twin Cities theatres. He can also be heard on numerous radio and television commercials.
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